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The best birthday gifts of 2016: happy sixth birthday!

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Approaching their sixth birthday, kids are tremendously creative, and have no problem deftly merging fantasy and reality with inventive results. At GreatSchools.org, in an article on child development at age 6, a girl named Jenny explains her theory about how a frog got into a small backyard pond: “The frog, desperate for water, asked Mr. Jack Rabbit, who is a ... Read More »

Gift Guide:  8 great birthday presents for a fourth birthday

By age four, there’s one very easy shortcut to finding the perfect gift for your kid: just ask her! At this age, kids are pretty clear on what they like, whether it’s princesses, dinosaurs, superheroes, or baseball. Granted, your child may ask for something you’re not quite willing to give them (say, a pony or an iPad), but you can ... Read More »

8 and counting: then and now

A lot can change in eight years. Just ask my daughter Mira, who was born just 15 weeks before Magic Beans opened its doors on July 7, 2004. Eight years ago, she was sitting in the window of the store while Eli and I worked, smiling at anyone who made eye contact (and usually scaring them half to death, because ... Read More »

Ten

I’m sitting at my desk typing this post almost exactly 10 years to the minute after giving birth to my first child. She came into the world, reluctantly and with the help of a pair of forceps, at 1:57am on April 27th, 2002. It seems cliche to say that everything changed after that moment, but of course it’s true. I ... Read More »

The rainbow cake connection

So of course my daughter found her birthday cake on Pinterest this year. Seems appropriate, right? She was looking over my shoulder one day and two months later, when I asked if she wanted anything in particular for her birthday cake, she didn’t hesitate. “The rainbow cake!” I started researching recipes. I quickly found one from Whisk Kid, whose gorgeous ... Read More »

Nine :o

(Flashback) 4/27/02 After laboring through most of April 26th, 2002, I finally gave birth to my daughter in the wee hours of April 27th, with the assistance of a formidable pair of forceps. I was 25 years old and I didn’t know the first thing about being a mom. I didn’t know enough to be terrified or even amazed when ... Read More »

Remembering the first 5 years

It’s crazy to think that tomorrow, 5 years will have passed since the humid Wednesday night in July when, after months of preparation, we quietly opened the doors to our new store on Harvard Street in Brookline. I still remember the anxiety – like we were throwing a party, but wasn’t sure if anyone would come. We turned up the ... Read More »