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Children

Mommy, I Want to be with My Brother

My dreams exploded like firecrackers when Josh and Jordan were born in 1996. My expectations were unchecked. My little boy and girl would make me chuckle with their twin-speak. They would crawl together, laugh together, plot together. They would compete athletically, and academically, but never spiritually. Their bond would launch them on a shared trajectory, […]

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Dear Diary, I have a daughter with whom you may be acquainted

My oldest daughter is almost 12. She just began keeping a journal. I had a journal from ages 14-24. It was a three-ring binder filled with hundreds of pages of notebook paper, each covered in blue or black ink scrawl and doodle-littered margins. Ten years of angst, rants, theories, dreadful poetry, and dreams crumbled into […]

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Is it really time to prep for school? Yes.

Where did the time go? In our school district, there’s only a scant three weeks of summer break remaining. How in the world do we break all the non-school compatible habits that have taken hold…late bedtimes, daily ice cream and frozen yogurt rations, long hours of mindless fun.

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Letterboxing: Finding More Than Just Hidden Treasure

What is Letterboxing? Amber wrote a post here, but I thought I’d add a little update of our own.  Honestly, before Amber’s post, I’d never heard of it. I thought maybe it was a craft idea or a new exercise routine. Well, it’s not! Oddly enough, being “crafty” helps, and you do get your exercise, […]

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Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest (and Math Fun)

Turn any sunny day into a fun and special occasion by having a watermelon seed spitting contest! It’s remarkable that some fresh watermelon and just a few other items could be used to create an afternoon of fun and math practice for the entire family.What You Need: Watermelon (not seedless!) White paper Markers Large knife […]

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What Children Can Teach Us About Compassion

I take a kiddo to lunch every week.  At the Tennyson Center for Children’s day treatment and residential program, it’s presented to kids as an opportunity to get off campus as well as a reward for particularly safe behavior and healing progress.  They seem to value the opportunity and inquisitively approach me most days to […]

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25 Pranks to Become a Certified "April Fool"

The first day of April, not a legal holiday, but who can resist the fun of a little tease or prank just one day out of the year? This silly tradition has been around for centuries, with the first recorded account in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, dating back to 1392. Some countries end the fun at the noon […]

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President's Day Ideas and Activities!

President’s Day is one of those holidays that comes and goes without much fanfare at our house. If you want to up the ante like me this year, check-out these fun ideas for celebrating with your kids. “I Cannot Tell a Lie” Cherry Pie, Presidents’ Day Quiz for Beginners, Presidential Trivia Crossword Puzzle II and […]

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