I have very strong feelings about summer camp. I think your child should go. My two kids vehemently agree with me. Here are some reasons why we love summer camps: Build Independence There comes a point in your child’s life when you need to...
My oldest child, Lucy, was a toddler when we learned she had some developmental delays. After evaluations with a variety of professionals, she received diagnoses of mixed expressive-receptive language disorder, sensory processing disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder. She began...
Did you ever do that as a kid? Run up to someone's house, ring the doorbell, and take off running and laughing? I grew up in the country, so this was not something I did. However, some kids in...
I spent my first nine years out of college teaching 5th grade. I regularly assigned projects and assignments with due dates. I would be frustrated when late work as turned in. Fast forward to being a mother of two students....
Have you noticed that some of the most beloved characters in kid's literature have been separated from their moms due to tragic circumstances? Harry Potter. The Penderwicks, The Pevensie Kids. Do you ever get the sense that children's authors like getting...
Before we had kids, I swore I would never be the “busy” mom running her kids to and from activities. I imagined we would have quiet evenings at home eating healthy dinners and sharing delightful conversation. My car would...
I was recently fired from my job as “mom” from one of my employers. Well, maybe “laid off” is a better term. It was my 18-year-old daughter who did the firing. (I’m still employed by the 12-year-old). Like most lay-offs, I...
Let me start off by saying that my title is misleading. I don't think preteens (or young teenagers, for that matter) should have any privacy online. None at all. Hear me out. I am a teacher, so I realize the digital world can...
This sponsored post is brought to you courtesy of The Iowa Clinic -- providing comprehensive care for the entire family. Our author is pediatrician Dr. Jessica Greenley -- a mom herself!  Tips for a Healthy and Happy School Year As the school year approaches,...
Mobile phones, tablets, digital assistants. These days it may seem that kids learn to type on a keyboard or ask Siri even before they can crawl. That doesn’t mean we should forget about teaching handwriting. Why Handwriting Matters Handwritten communication is...

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