- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 5, 2001

Books

• "365 Activities for Fitness, Food and Fun for the Whole Family," by Julia E. Sweet, Contemporary Books, 2001. This book concentrates on activities to get the whole family moving.

• "The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and Be Perfectly Satisfied," by Brad E. Sachs, Quill, 2001. A psychologist explains how to lower expectations of what your family should be doing.

• "The Over-Scheduled Child: Avoiding the Hyper-Parenting Trap," by Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld and Nicole Wise, St. Martin's Press Inc., 2001. This book explains how families try to do too much.

• "365 Days of Creative Play: For Children 2 Years and Up," by Sheila Ellison and Judith Gray, Sourcebooks Trade, 1995. This book is a simple guide for fun activities.

• "Donna's Day: Fun Activities That Bring the Whole Family Together," by Donna Erickson, HarperCollins, 1998. The talk-show host offers crafty ideas to keep children busy.

Online

• Doreen Morehouse, a Reston mother of two girls, started the OurKids.com Web site (www.our-kids.com), which offers ideas for family-friendly outings including parks, pools and cultural events around the Washington area. It also has calendars featuring special events and tips on summer fun around the house.

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