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First Trimester Pregnancy

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It has been almost twelve years since the last time I was pregnant…. I feel like I am absolutely starting over and relearning how this works! My first trimester is just finishing and I wanted to share a little of what I have learned this time around with you!

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Four Stages of Play

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Developing play skills is an essential part of childhood. Through play, typically-developing children acquire the skills necessary to communicate with others, express and understand emotions, physically manipulate a variety of items of all sizes, build strength and endurance, and gain the cognitive skills to understand their world. What are the…

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Three Blessings of Parenting With an Age Gap

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When I was dreaming of my future family, I had a picture much like the family I grew up in. My brother and I are twenty months apart. We grew up playing together. We were very close and shared neighborhood friends. I pictured the same exact scenario for me. Fast…

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Structured vs. Unstructured Learning Activities

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When creating learning activities for my children, ages 3 and 5, I try to create both structured learning activities, which have clear directions and rules to complete the assignment, and unstructured learning activities…, which allow the children more creative freedom to explore their understanding of a particular topic. The

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7 Benefits to Using Educational Software

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Parents are responsible for helping their children get the best possible learning available. Studies have shown that our children are behind in their test scores which will have a great impact on how many kids will attend college and be able to get a good paying job. There are so…

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How To Create a Morning Routine

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We’ve all been there … waking up to the sound of a crying baby, getting all of the kids bathed and clothed, trying to find shoes and backpacks, making breakfast and filling lunchboxes at the same time, and hoping that everyone gets to school and work on time. Does that…

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Pregnant Again After Adopting – Essay

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
― Oprah Winfrey…

When my husband and I were engaged, we had “the conversation”. You know – the one where we planned our future down to the very last detail. We joked about having eight

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25 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

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Parents always hear about the importance of fine motor skills for their toddlers and preschoolers. But what exactly are fine motor skills? Fine motor skills involve small movements of the fingers, wrists, hands, feet, toes, tongue, and lips.Whether your preschool-age child is developing typically or has fine motor delays, it’s …

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Car Seat Safety – Know For Sure #TheRightSeat

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Recently we were driving home from a routine errand and a truck at a crossroads ahead of me was turning left. I had already seen another car from the other direction turning into that same middle turn-lane and immediately began slowing down and moving to the side. Thankfully, the car…

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25 Books to Entice Reluctant Readers

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The beginning of the school year can be a tough time to encourage reluctant readers. Many kids fall behind in their reading skills over the summer and it makes it that much more difficult to get them to pick up the pace again when the homework starts to pile up…

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