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Camping with Kids

Prior to having kids, I loved camping.  Now that my kids are more independent and one is almost out of diapers, we have started taking part in my favorite pastime together.  Camping is mentally, emotionally and physically rewarding. The benefits to children are even more so.  The quality time spent with family and the one on one attention they experience on such trips is

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Mosaics

We went to a friends house whose every surface had mosaics on it. It was colorful and unexpected. My son was very interested because he had never seen anything like it before. If you are not aware, a mosaic is a picture created with lots of small tiles.  However, it can be made with any type of material. In this friend’s house, shells, metal,

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Letting Kids Decorate

My ten year old wants to pick his bedroom’s paint color. He also wants to decorate the walls himself. While I want to encourage his creativity and give him some control, I find I am nervous wreck! Kids decorating is a fine line to walk for a parent. Between kids having some say while not ending up with an unsightly space, what’s the compromise?

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Importance of Napping

My son learned about mammalian species and how they are polyphasic sleepers. This means  to sleep for short bursts throughout the day. Though we, humans are part of of this group, the majority of us sleep only one time in the day.  We are monophasic sleepers, driven by society needs. Always busy, driven by schedules. This may be why napping is such a need,

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Cursing and Kids

As my son enters the tween stage, he has begun to model his peers more. This has added new pages in his vocabulary, including some colorful language. Since not every parent agrees about what constitutes offensive language, chances are kids are going to come home uttering unacceptable language. To combat this effectively and without a lot of drama, I find setting boundaries for him

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Point of View

Perspective-taking is a value skill right up there with morality.  Its a skill that helps kids empathize and experience what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes.  This skill develops naturally in early childhood, however needs to be maintained to be a strong asset in adulthood. There are many ways we parents can do to help our children in perspective taking. Here are

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101 things to do….

101 things to do…. As summer approaches, I try to start making a plan of possible activities to do with my kids and visiting nieces and nephews.  I find this list is just the thing to have on hand when the kids utter the dreaded phrase,”I’m bored!”.   Its amazing when kids say they are bored while they are surrounded by toys and gadgets

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Microwave Experiment

My son recently started making his own afterschool snacks. I noticed he was becoming quite fond of the microwave in our kitchen,to the point that he began using it exclusively. I explained to him that though the microwave can be helpful in a cinch, it should be used with  caution because it does affect our food’s nutritional value. He didn’t believe me just because

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