About Lesley Bolton

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The Library: A Single Mom’s Best Friend

Story and I live about a half an hour out of town. While we are in love with our house, yard, neighbors, and neighborhood, living out here can be rather inconvenient (no pizza delivery!). To avoid the back-and-forth as much as possible, we try to group our errands and outings in town, but sometimes there are significant time gaps. Our go-to for these in-betweens is the library.


A Love of Reading

When Story was younger, not much younger though, I was obsessed with her learning to read. She loved books — rather, she loved being read to. She especially loved audiobooks (the ones Ali hates, with the character voices). Her vocabulary was quite advanced for her age, due to being read to all the time, I’m guessing. However, she had no interest whatsoever in learning how to read. And when Story has no interest, her mind goes everywhere else. I just knew I was going to be the only editor in the world with an illiterate child. (more…)

5 Fun, Educational, and Safe Websites for Kids

It’s that time of year — too cold to play outside, too icy to go anywhere, and too long stuck in the house. On such days, Story makes a good argument for playing on the computer. While I allow for some time spent on stupid YouTube videos (you know which ones I’m talking about, moms), I insist that she involve her brain somewhat if she is going to be staring at a screen for a while. Following are our top five favorite educational websites. Check them out. I guarantee you’ll learn something too! (more…)

Making Friends

Making friends is a necessary part of any human’s life; we’re social creatures and need that interaction. But it isn’t always the easiest thing to do. As adults, we often have to contrive ways to find friends: join some group activity, come up with a good but short list of interview questions, and put forth the effort to show our best self. And then there’s always the fear of rejection. Much like dating, making friends can be a daunting experience, especially for those of us who are socially awkward and never say the right thing. Luckily, I have blundered my way into some amazing friendships, but when Story recently said she was lonely and needed a friend, I was terrified she was going to ask me for advice.


Life Lessons from The Sims

This past week, Story has discovered The Sims, specifically The Sims Pets. As you may know, my daughter loves video games and has even tried her hand at making her own (it’s a work in progress), but when she asked for the Sims, I wondered why. She doesn’t care for video games, TV shows, or movies with people. She’s all about the animals. But when she told me she could create and train pets, I got it. And I approved it. What I didn’t expect was how addicted she became to the people and their lives . . . and how much she would learn from them. (more…)