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3 lessons my garden taught me about parenting

We have a garden in our back yard. Things grow very well in it. Unfortunately, not food. The strawberries we produced were eaten by rabbits before we got to them. Most of our rhubarb went unharvested. The only things that thrived were dandelions, and some nettle. I’m sowing strawberries, but I’m reaping weeds. It isn’t a matter of…

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On being a super hero

For Father’s Day, my husband received a key chain inscribed with “Dad-a daughter’s first love and a son’s first hero.” That reality became clear this week when my son came home with a second grade homework assignment to write about a hero of his.  He told me he was trying to decide between New York…

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The push-over parent

Dr. Dan Kindlon, child psychologist and author observes,  “Many parents today identify with being young and have trouble assuming the mantle of authority.” Dr. Kindlon is referring to parents who have abdicated the throne.  More accurately stated, these parents have given authority to their children. Kids are consulted about…

Talking with your kids about their day

You probably know what it’s like. Your child comes home from school, tosses their backpack in the hall and mumbles a “Hi”. You ask how their day was and they say “fine” and that’s pretty much your conversation. It doesn’t have to be like that. iMom.com has 18 after school conversation…

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Parents: what’s your goal?

The question, “What’s your goal?” was repeated many times in our household.  We asked our kids that question and we also asked each other.  “My math teacher is a perfectionist and she makes me crazy.  Why do I have to put the decimal point right on the line?” “What’s your goal?” “To learn this math stuff and to get a good grade.” “So?…

School lunches boring already?

Are your kiddos complaining already about the boring, cold lunches that they have to take to school?   Do you take your kids shopping to get them pumped up and let them choose items to put into their lunch only to grab the same ol’ things?  Me too!  It’s so much easier to throw a PB&J sandwich in with an apple and chips…

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My kids hate school. What should I do?

One evening last week, just before bedtime these three words came from my oldest son, “I hate school.” He’s almost finished with 2nd grade. Part of me had known it was only a matter of time until my kids started to feel this way, but the words hadn’t been said until that night. My two sons really are excelling…

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Helping your kids finish the school year strong

Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family Magazine has some suggestions for helping your kids finish the year strong. They say kids begin the second semester with a bang but it’s common for them to quickly lose steam. They suggest a special calendar color-coded for each child and highlighting holidays and events the kids…

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Developing a love of reading in your young children

Periodically I get asked questions about how my children became lovers of books. Look for several posts that address what I did, starting with tiny kids otherwise known as infants and toddlers. 1) When my kiddos are infants I started by reading to them any moment we were sitting down. Before they could sit up or hold the book, we’d…

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