"As parents, it can be all too tempting to try and plan something for every day of our kids’ summer vacations. There are far more summer activities available to kids and families than there were in my childhood. It’s possible to have kids booked almost every day of the break. I encourage you to resist that temptation. Make it your goal to hear the phrase “I’m bored” at least three times this summer."

We can avoid other rooms, but we can’t avoid the hub of the home. The simple act of waking up as a mother of small children is hard enough as it is. Then I’d enter the kitchen with a sink piled high with dirty dishes, a floor covered in so many cracker crumbs it looked like a sandy coastal beach and a countertop that required a jackhammer to break off crusted-on marinara. Cortisol rising!

Omaha Public Library wants to help readers find new books — or at least books new to them. Every month in this space, Omaha Public Library employees will recommend reading based on different writing genres, themes or styles. Staff have suggested some of their favorite books about, by or rela…

Here’s to all the dads out there who let their independent-minded toddlers climb into the car on their own, even though you’re already 10 minutes late. Who gladly clean up puke when their child throws up at 2 a.m. Who are the first to volunteer to get up with the kids in the morning and let mom sleep. Who go the extra mile to make Mickey Mouse pancakes.