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Let’s Play Soccer!

My children have all been part of a soccer program at one time or another, and it was always a really good experience. My nephews have played soccer every year from early elementary all the way through high school. It’s no wonder they loved watching the World Cup games! Soccer is a great sport for almost any child, whether the child is athletically inclined or not.

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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids Sometimes during the school year, life gets so hectic that our meals are often quick and easy. And although I get the food ready faster, it’s usually not as tasty or nutritious as it could be. The (hopefully) slower days of summer are a good time to get back to preparing healthy meals. It’s also a great time to start cooking with kids! Not only

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Making Chores Fun!

Over the years, we’ve tried all sorts of ways to get our children to do their chores. We’ve used chore charts with stickers, lists with stars, marbles and even quarters in a jar. And while these are good methods for getting into the habit of doing daily chores, I’ve found there are times we have to turn to more desperate measures. When company is

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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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Learning Fire Safety

We spend a lot of time teaching our children about the dangers of the world- not to talk to strangers, what to do if they are lost etc. When I received a flier from our local fire fighters about fire safety, I realized I had not imparted important fire safety tips or an evacuation plan to my kids. Being prepared for incidents such as

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Springtime Cleaning Afterschool

Most families I know do their dreaded spring cleaning on a weekend, and they never really involve the kids. We were like that too. However, this year I decided to change it up a bit: spring clean on a weekday on an early release day, the kids are going to help and it’s going to be fun. The truck is to assign age-appropriate chores

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Kids Get Stressed Too!

The other day, my son mentioned his stomach felt funny. Instantly, I thought,”oh,no, stomach flu!”. I am glad that I took the time to ask him some questions before I doused him with echinacea.  It turns out he was feeling stressed about an upcoming test.  I explained that stress or worry can make his body feel sick, like with a stomach ache or headache

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Tennis

I’m always wary of exposing my son to the hyper competitive afterschool sports available.  From parents yelling at their kids, children learning bad sports behavior etc, it can be a volatile environment at best. I have been lucky to find a great sport that seems to bring out the best in coaches, kids and parents- tennis! There are a lot of benefits that playing

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