"In 2017, when I introduced the idea to the kids, Declan and Mara were 7 and 5 years old. Their requests were sweet, simple things like getting to paint, going to the pool and grabbing a sundae at the neighborhood ice cream shop," wrote Molly Cavanaugh. "As the kids mature, so are their ideas of summer fun because when I asked them what they’d like to do before heading back to class, their list was — ahem — ambitious."

"I am hooked. All of the families chosen for the program — no matter how squared away some may seem to be — all need a little tweaking. And while watching the chaos unfold was what initially got me watching, I have stuck around because it is truly captivating to see how other people parent and run their households. It’s actually turning out to be slightly informative."

"Summer vacation is long. Some would argue too long (or maybe that’s just me and my group of parent friends). But I’m looking forward to using this open-ended leisure time to try out the character-building attributes of being bored, and I think this experiment will be anything but boring."

"I’m not talking about perpetual adoration to all of us mothers out there. Creating a poem or handmade card for everyday of the year would be excessive — even for this sentimental lady. I don’t expect breakfast in bed on the regular. What I am proposing is that we keep the spirit of Mother’s Day going well past the actual day itself." Read more from Molly Cavanaugh below.

"The idea is to say something positive about a child within earshot of them, but make it appear as if they are 'overhearing' you praise them to a friend," wrote Molly Cavanaugh. One pediatrician claims this kind of gossiping can be far more effective in reinforcing good habits than just telling kids.

"Kids lives are jam-packed with activities. If I spent 35 hours a week at school — with an additional five to 10 hours tacked on for all the sports, music and club-affiliated extras — I wouldn’t want to leave the house either. But I figure that’s because I’m old and have already spent what would amount to years out of my house living life," wrote Molly Cavanaugh. "Sometimes parenting feels like a balance between doing what we think we should and what we feel like doing."

"Recently, I came across an opinion piece that made an argument about not asking kids what they want to be when they grow up," wrote Molly Cavanaugh. "Sure, the writer of the essay has a doctorate in organizational psychology and I don’t, and he may have a wealth of first-had experience with kids to back up his posits. But as a mom of two who also happens to have decades of previous hands-on experience with children, I’m here to say dreaming about what kids want to be when they grow up is one of their favorite make-believe games."

Molly Cavanaugh's family recently gave up all technology for 24 hours. "I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous going into it. This was an idea I sold as something 'fun' to try," she wrote. "I made promises of playing board games in front of the fire, baking brownies and making crafts, but 14 hours is a lot of awake time to fill."

"It was only a matter of time before their blossoming literacy would intersect with my ways to covertly communicate with my peers," wrote Molly Cavanaugh. "First, it was no longer being able to spell out reaction words — “C-A-K-E...that spells cake. There’s cake?! Yay!” Now I’m being reduced to checking my surroundings before I conduct a silent text exchange. What happens when they start asking what all the abbreviations stand for?"