Parenting

Teaching Character: Love of Learning

May 2, 2021

I was going to tell you about how a love of learning can lead a young mind toward a fulfilling and fruitful life. I was going to tell you how a love of learning is a life long endeavor, a way to ensure continued passionate endeavors. I was going to tell you how our educational [...]

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What the Feeding Tube Diet Leaves You Hungry For

May 1, 2021

Maybe you’ve heard of the latest diet craze? I first heard about it on the news but now have seen countless stories on it. It’s called the K-E diet or more descriptively, the feeding tube diet. And yes. It involves an actual feeding tube. I suppose adding my opinion to the mix won’t really matter [...]

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5 Things Your Elementary Age Kids Can Do With You in the Kitchen

April 27, 2021

Getting your kids in the kitchen doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be an opportunity that results in a positive experience for your both. It will result in a child that not only participates and contributes to the family efforts, but it will result in opening the doors of communication as you work together [...]

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Chic “Hooter Hiders” {Nursing Covers}

April 26, 2021

Breastfeeding your child is a big commitment, and in the earlier months it is a commitment that can require your attention every couple of hours, which doesn’t allow for a lot of time out of the house unless you are willing to nurse in public. Some of them are referred to as “Hooter Hiders,” while [...]

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Teaching Character Recap: Why Is it Important?

April 26, 2021

One of my favorite quotes from Pulp Fiction is when The Wolf says: just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character. Sometimes I think I’m raising children who are characters. I mean, what with all the crying and hurling onto the floor. Granted, I’ve got preschool age children, so a bit of [...]

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Should You Help Your Kids with Homework?

April 20, 2021

I was shocked when my daughter came home and presented me with a science report that had a note from her teacher which read, “Isn’t your mom an editor? Have her look through this and resubmit.” She then proceeded to tell me that all of her teachers feel like she should have perfectly polished papers, [...]

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Take a Happiness Sabbatical

April 20, 2021

“The baby across from me is clapping to the soundtrack in my earphones,” my friend writes. She’s in a cafe working, or should I say absorbing the present around her. And twittering. It reminds me of an article I read recently about sabbaticals and the power of removing yourself from your daily routine in order [...]

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Use Your Words Wisely

April 19, 2021

Our culture and our time all impact us parents. We can no more step back to the 1950s than we can prepare our children for the inevitable eyelid embedded, thought reading iPhone of the future. We live in the here and now. And that’s a good thing. Because A) who wants to re-live the 50s, [...]

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Teaching Character: Bravery

April 18, 2021

If you could look up bravery in the dictionary (OK, you can actually do this, but let’s pretend) you’d see a photo of a newborn baby with the words ’nuff said underneath. Babies are among the most brave souls on this planet! “Someone turn down those lights!” only you can’t say that just yet so [...]

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Do You Fight Dirty with Your Kids?

April 16, 2021

OK, fighting is a harsh way to say it. Discipline. Boundaries. Rules. When your child breaks them, and you’ve got not one nerve left to handle it calmly, what verbal weapons fly out of your mouth? My mother’s go to arsenal was a mass of starving children in Africa and “just wait till your father [...]

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Site Spotlight: Garden with Your Kids {kidsgardening.org}

April 13, 2021

Spring has arrived, which is the perfect time to get outdoors with your kids and introduce them to gardening. The pride they will feel when they see their first tomato bloom or their first flower bud will be priceless. For those of you who do not have a green thumb (like me) but want to [...]

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Breast or Bottle? Whatever You Choose It’s O.K.

April 13, 2021

When you become a first time parent you are faced with a ton of choices for how to go about raising your child. It can be overwhelming and seem like everyone has an opinion. Well, they do. But you can choose whether or not you pay attention to those opinions because ultimately, you have to [...]

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Table Talk: 5 House Rules for Family Dinners

April 12, 2021

It’s so easy to become disconnected as a family. Between varying school, work and social schedules, it’s very easy for families to simply eat on the fly and never sit down at their table together for a meal. Some studies suggest that family dinners improve the communication and well being of family relationships. So with that [...]

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