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I Need a Pager Again

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The days of pagers (or beepers) seem so long ago, but sometimes, I think I could use one now. No matter where you go these days, someone is on their phone either talking, reading, or playing a game. These so-called phones are more of an information/e... Read full article

Let Them Sweat

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Let it be summer. Let them play, make up games, sweat, and don’t feel bad for them at all.... Read full article

A Christmas Life Hack

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A Christmas Life Hack I may not be liked very much for this idea, but that’s okay, I can live with it. This all starts every time I walk around my house and see toys on top of toys and stuff on top of stuff. What I am talking about is all the thin... Read full article

“No” is a Complete Sentence

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It may not be 100 percent accurate according to my former English teacher, but in my book, it is.  Too many times I catch myself giving reasons to my kids for why I tell them “No,” and I just don’t have that much time in my life at this point to kee... Read full article

We are Not a Traveling Circus

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Ok, I hope I don’t offend a lot of grandparents, and great grandparents here, but let me be the one to say openly for all parents:... Read full article



Getting Started with Mindfulness for Kids

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You will notice the awareness you are teaching in these structured moments is carrying over into your child’s everyday life. The ability to slow down and be more aware will help them navigate relationships, school, and tough emotions more effectively... Read full article

Dammit!

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Let’s think more about what we say and the unknown impact, and watch our mouths around your and my kids, dammit.... Read full article

Addressing Problem Behavior: The Importance of Emotional Literacy

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Yet, no matter what we tried, he always seemed to revert back to his old ways- big, loud, totally not okay, absolutely embarrassing ways. Just when I thought I was going to lose my ever-loving mind, I attended a training on emotional literacy.... Read full article

I Want Both Halloweens

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It’s that time of year when we dress up our children as their favorite characters and let them run from house to house, asking for candy. But, I have mixed feelings on this. ... Read full article

Neurodiversity & Educational Inclusion: Teaching Your Typically Developing Child about Difference

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Difference in our brain development is just another variation of what it looks like to be human- not so different than us being different heights or having different shades of skin. ... Read full article

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