Puppy for a Present? Consider These Factors First

Puppy for a Present? Consider These Factors First

There is something divine about a good dog. Simple, trustworthy and loyal to the core, it reflects back to us that which makes us our best selves. In its eyes, we do no wrong and we are always worthy of an effusive greeting, whether we’ve been gone five minutes or...

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6 Ways To Make a Teacher’s Day

6 Ways To Make a Teacher’s Day

To kids, Thanksgiving can seem like a second-rate holiday. It doesn’t offer the wild costumes, delayed bedtimes and candy-fueled dreams of Halloween, nor does it come with the present overload, cookies and parties of Christmas or Hanukkah. What Thanksgiving does...

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Playgrounds Aren’t Simply Child’s Play

Playgrounds Aren’t Simply Child’s Play

As tired parents of poor sleepers and early risers, my husband and I loved a good playground. We could find a bench, settle our weary bones and watch our kids enjoy being out in the fresh air. We might even occasionally rally to push a swing, accept a make-believe...

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Easing Students’ Anxieties as They Return to the Classroom

Easing Students’ Anxieties as They Return to the Classroom

  I can vividly recall how I felt as a child as the first day of school approached. It was a unique mix of excitement and trepidation. Somehow, I couldn’t wait to go back just as much as I dreaded the actual day. This year, our children’s feelings about school...

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Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?

Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?

When it was time for my first baby to start kindergarten, I couldn’t believe the time had gone so quickly. How could this little person be ready to spend all day away from me in the big school? Was she actually ready? By the time my twins were kindergarten-bound, I...

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Pack your bags! Benefits of Family Travel

Pack your bags! Benefits of Family Travel

Just hearing the word “travel” makes me want to pack my bags and go! Well, that’s not entirely accurate. It makes me want someone else to pack my bags so that I can just go! I’ve always loved to travel, even as a little girl. I loved the new sights, experiences,...

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Exploring Your Child’s Passions: Inspiring a Childhood Hobby

Exploring Your Child’s Passions: Inspiring a Childhood Hobby

It has been interesting to watch my children during this strange school year of hybrid learning with its mixture of Zoom and in-person classes. The first weeks of school were spent finding our rhythm, and those early days required a not-insignificant amount of my time...

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COVID Slide: Use This Summer To Close Learning Gaps

COVID Slide: Use This Summer To Close Learning Gaps

Being a former teacher, I typically get questions at this time of year about how to address the dreaded “summer slide,” the loss of learning that takes place when kids have months off from school during the summer. If a long break makes parents nervous, reflect on an...

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Special Education 101: Meeting Your Child’s Needs

Special Education 101: Meeting Your Child’s Needs

Our oldest daughter had always struggled with math, but it wasn’t until after private testing in third grade that she received a formal diagnosis of dyscalculia, a math learning disability. Despite the fact that I was a former teacher, I felt out of my depth in regard...

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S’mores and More! Hidden Benefits of Camping With Kids

S’mores and More! Hidden Benefits of Camping With Kids

For years my kids had begged me and my husband, Scott, to take them camping. While Scott had camped several times in college, my entire childhood camping experience was one night in a pop-up camper. My two-year-old sister wandered away while the rest of the family was...

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Allowance: A Penny Earned or All in a Day’s Work?

Allowance: A Penny Earned or All in a Day’s Work?

  I’ve always felt thankful that my husband and I agree on most parenting-related things. Don’t get me wrong. We have other differences of opinion for sure, but when it comes to the kids, we’re usually on the same page. That is, until our kids became old enough...

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Peace by Piece: What LEGO and Puzzle Play Teach

Peace by Piece: What LEGO and Puzzle Play Teach

  There is something peaceful and contemplative about the start of a new year. The bustle of the holidays is past, the decorations come down, and the weather encourages coziness and hibernation. A new year stretches before you, full of possibility and hope. It is...

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