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Chronic Absenteeism Is Real And Happening Every Day

Chronic Absenteeism Is Real And Happening Every Day

For most parents, back to school means as a parent you get a break from the crazy of summer. You know what I am talking about, right? A small voice in your head is sad that they are going back to school, but you are also celebrating that little bit of freedom that you are about to have because of it. School shopping is done; you have just dropped them off for their first day and … Read entire article »

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You Want This Book! Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids

You Want This Book! Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids

“In order for the words on the pages of #UncommonKids to make a difference in the lives of families across the world, they need to be shared.” – Sami Cone In the world we live in today, it is getting harder and harder to teach kids compassion, love, and understanding. To be humble and kind, and to be grateful for what you have. In this amazingly written book by Sami Cone, she explains her journey, as … Read entire article »

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Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Do you ever feel like that home and family you’re watching on reruns of Supernanny, is a mirror image of your own? I sure do. Some days, I hope that the door bell will ring and Jo Frost will be there to help us out! Barring that miracle from occurring, picking up a copy of Jo Frost’s new book, Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior, is the next best thing. I … Read entire article »

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Parent’s Read: Helping Boys Learn

Parent’s Read: Helping Boys Learn

* I was sent this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* As the mom of two boys, I totally get that boys learn differently from girls. But the extent to just how differently they learn was a bit foreign to me until I started to read “Helping Boys Learn: 6 Secrets for Your Son’s Success in School”. My oldest is very bright (scary smart in that he sometimes outsmarts ME, ugh!) … Read entire article »

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Parent’s Read: How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

Parent’s Read: How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

* I was sent this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I want both of my boys to be happy and successful, but right now I am probably more focused on successfully potty-training my toddler more than anything else! I still wonder what they will be like as adults and what I can do to help raise them to be good human beings, be happy and successful. I just started reading … Read entire article »

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Parent’s Read: Stress Free Kids, A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children.

Parent’s Read: Stress Free Kids,  A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children.

Life is hectic and busy for all of us, including kids. That means stress, and while it’s easy to think kids are oblivious or ambivalent to it, in reality they’re not. Lori Lite, a former contestant on the TV show “Shark Tank,” has just released a great book that I think all parents should check out. STRESS FREE KIDS® A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children, is a supportive … Read entire article »

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Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Every other Monday is a marathon in our house. I get my daughter off the bus for dance class and then return to the studio to pick her up and whisk her off to Brownies. After trying to coordinate schedules that seem more complicated than international peace talks, her Chinese lesson ended up starting at 6:30 pm. So, dinner has to be early that day. Both kids are in piano on another day of the … Read entire article »

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Eat Like a Dino and 5 Other Ways to Introduce Kids to New Foods

Eat Like a Dino and 5 Other Ways to Introduce Kids to New Foods

My first child ate everything but I knew not to take credit for that. Some kids are just more cautious than others about new foods. Sure enough, my second (and now third) kids required more coaxing to get a balanced diet. My second child loves dinosaurs and when he was a kid, we would tell him his veggies were dino food! If he was a tyrannosaurus, those vegetables became his prey. We would encourage him to … Read entire article »

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Fuel for Afterschool

Fuel for Afterschool

We’re on the road, trying to make it to gymnastics by warm-up with enough time to pull on leotards and hit the restrooms, and the kids are squabbling: “Gimme, it’s mine.” “You’re going to break it.” “Well, you’re a rooty-tooty face!” What is up with these kids? And what the heck is a “rooty-tooty face,” anyway? Then it hits me. In our rush to grab the older kids off the bus and get flipping on time, we … Read entire article »

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Tips from a Child Psychologist: How to Talk to Your Children About The Boston Marathon

Like most five year olds, my son is just full of questions. But questions about violence are the hardest to answer. I’m rarely at a loss for words, but like most parents, I have struggled to find a way to discuss the Aurora movie theater shootings, the Sandy Hook school shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings. We want our children to feel safe, yet we know we cannot keep them completely safe all the time. While watching a movie. In a classroom. Running in a marathon.  These should be “safe” activities… and statistically speaking, they still are.  But reason and statistics do not reduce my anxiety. And I think a lot of parents are in the same boat. If you are looking for a way to discuss the Boston Marathon or other … Read entire article »

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