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With school back in full swing, I’m not the only one who has a kid coming home starving, right?Every day after school it’s like we have a little hungry bear rummaging around in the pantry looking for something to...
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At the beginning of kindergarten, I sent little love notes to school in my daughter’s lunch. Since she couldn’t read, I wrote them in code and pictures.I was worrying since she didn't know anyone there. It was a big,...
On Thursday I was excited to pick up my daughter early from preschool. After spending the previous weekend in the hospital with my son we were planning to keep the kids home on Friday and have a fun, family...
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A year and a half ago, Santa made a big mistake. He brought us a big, heavy and bulky train table that was a good idea in theory but ended up being one of those toys that just takes...
From the moment I finished reading There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom, I knew that I wanted to be a school counselor.I had decent school counselors growing up, but the one in that book made such an impression...
Chickens may not seem like your top choice for a family pet, but as they become more and more popular, you may be surprised to learn that people can bond with a bird in the same way that they...
Now that the kids are out of school and the warm days are here, finding ways to keep your kids busy can be challenging. Finding cost effective (free!) ways to keep them busy can be even more challenging.However, if...
Recently I was at an event with other parents and everyone was chit chatting about their summer vacations. Their summer adventures sounded amazing, exotic and, basically, like a vacation Pinterest board in the making.Their family vacation plans “Oh we're going...
Whether or not your child has purpose in their lives as an adult is on you, mom. (Figures)According to new research from Washington University in St. Louis, children who have more conflict with their mothers in their early elementary...
In a world that is often less than compassionate, we can all use a little more consideration and kindness nowadays.The good news is that children are naturally altruistic and compassionate. As adults, it’s our job to foster that compassion...
The younger children are when they enter school, the more likely they are to be diagnosed with ADHD, a new study says.A study led by Harvard Medical School researchers and published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows...
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