Aha! Blog

Doing Well in School Matters…So Does Good Character

Posted by Christine French Cully on August 27, 2014

When I was in elementary school—way back when—my parents would give me a dollar if I received an A in “Behavior” on our quarterly report cards. They didn’t pay for good academic grades—although it was clear that they expected my very best effort...

Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

The Riches of Reading to Babies

Posted by Christine French Cully on June 30, 2014

“The Reading Mother” is an old poem, and I’m not sure when I first heard it. But my favorite line comes to mind whenever I see a mom reading to her child: “Richer than I you will never be--I had a mother who read to me.” Certainly, by that...

Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

Confessions of a (Reformed) Helicopter Mom

Posted by Christine French Cully on June 18, 2014

Last weekend, my husband I were totally flummoxed by a robin who crashed into our dining room window over and over again.

We were desperate to help. We tried taping paper over the two window panes the bird favored, but the bird simply...

Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

If You Give a Kid a Library Card, Oh the Places They’ll Go

Posted by Christine French Cully on February 27, 2014

Before I could read or write, I knew how a library card worked—and I desperately wanted one of my own. The librarian said that I could have one–as soon as I learned to print my name. I got right to work on that, and I can remember receiving the...

Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

In Their Own Time

Posted by Christine French Cully on December 04, 2013

My daughter was a thumb sucker from the beginning. She looked adorable as an infant as she self-comforted. But as she grew older and started walking and then running, it charmed me less. I started to worry. I wanted her to stop. My wonderful,...

Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

Half the Fun Really IS Getting There!

Posted by Christine French Cully on March 22, 2013

I know a family trying to visit as many different states as possible with their children. They track their progress with a pin-map on their kitchen wall–low-tech and old-school, but a great conversation starter when guests come for dinner.

... Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

In Celebration of Valentine’s Day: Ways We Show Our Heart

Posted by Christine French Cully on February 12, 2013

One of the great perks of having children is that they help keep you from becoming too jaded.  An overextended adult, strapped for time, money or creative ideas, might view Valentine’s Day primarily as a boon for florists and card shops.

...

Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

Meeting Mister Rogers

Posted by Christine French Cully on December 04, 2012

I’m not too much of a celebrity worshipper. I once stood in a taxi line right behind Larry King in his signature red suspenders. Eh. Another time I found myself seated near a stony-faced Candace Bergen in a New York City restaurant. Neither of...

Read More

Like this post?

Share it with your friends

Pages