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Words with Kids: Yes, Kiddo, I’m Listening

Work to remember what they’ve told you about certain school friends, certain likes and dislikes and their ideas for the future. These important things will come up again. When we recall previous conversations, our kids know we are listening and care about them. This is the sixth in a series about communication between you and […]

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The Longest Pause: My Son’s First Breath-Holding Spell

I’d love to say we found some kind of magical formula that helps him snap out of this, but we haven’t. Occasionally we’ll find that blowing one strong burst of air into his mouth helps, but it doesn’t always. His pediatrician assures us he’s totally healthy and will eventually outgrow this terrifying but harmless habit. […]

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PTO

School PTO or PTA: Just Give it a Try!

This organization exists to support the school as well as the teachers and students. They are responsible for fun family events, teacher and staff appreciation, student award recognition, holiday celebrations and more. And, yes, there is some fund raising involved for things like school trips, band uniforms or helping to add more books to the […]

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The Best Mommy Advice I Almost Forgot

It was simple. Almost too simple, really. But their advice actually seemed to be working. Was it a fluke? Maybe. But when you’ve recently welcomed baby number two and you have that first moment of utter chaos, that moment when everyone needs everything at the exact same time, usually with a multitude of tears and […]

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The Mystery Of Learning Language

Words With Kids: The Mystery of Learning Language

They way we react to our kiddos babbling is what encourages them to continue communicating. They learn very early on that their sounds mean something to us and are bolstered by our reactions. This is the fifth th in a series about communication between you and your child. Why focus on communication? Brazilian educator Paulo […]

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Why I Have A Will (And You Should Too!!)

Unfortunately, my sisters and I had to start talking about Dad’s funeral.  It’s hard.  Really hard.  Trying to decide what to do when he passes.  As we’re wrestling with some decisions, I’m really really glad that a few years back I hounded him to make a will.  I have one, and (I don’t think) I’m […]

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