July 18 – Suburban Mom Personal Experience – A couple of years ago, when my youngest was about 5, she had one of those play dates where the two girls just couldn’t seem to share.  Afterwards, while we were talking a walk, she exclaimed -"The sun is everywhere!" Suddenly, I stopped and said, "That is because the sun loves to share." And as our walk continued, we talked about out how important it was that the sun was shared with everyone, how it helps the grass, trees and flowers grow, how it keeps us warm, how it even plays with us and makes shadows.  The next time she grabbed a toy from her friend, I whispered in her ear – "if the sun can share with the whole world. I think you can share with one person."

Jenny Tananbaum is a writer, wife and mom to three. suburbanmom@njkidsonline.com