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The Cost of Summer: The Challenges of Keeping Children Safe and Entertained During School Break

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As the school year winds down, many parents are having to "wind up," making plans to care for, and entertain, their children during the long weeks of vacation.  We talk with two Granite State parents, who write about parenting, about navigating the sometimes steep price of summer.


  • KJ Dell'Antonia - Writer and author of a parenting blog, and former lead editor and writer for the Motherlode blog at the The New York Times. She is the author of the forthcoming book, How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute, and co-author of Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos. She and Jessica Lahey also have a writing podcast together called #amwriting
  • Jessica Lahey - Writer for many publications, including The New York Times, and The Atlantic. She is the author of The Gift of Failure, a bestselling book about the benefits of allowing children to make mistakes. She also has a blog and a writing podcast with KJ Dell'Antonia (above).