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Family Garden: How to Build a Strong Relationship with Your Child

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When I was a little girl, I would work with my grandmother in her garden… on the south side of her house, learning how to pick cherry tomatoes and spy the worms that destroyed the tomato plants. She also had a flower garden, which included columbines and sunflowers. I would

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Parenting: How to Teach Kids to Make Their Own Breakfast

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I’m a big believer in tasks and chores…. I’m pretty much a die-hard Momma Drill Sergeant, handing out orders and jobs to anyone in my path. We’ve handed out a small list of “duties” and responsibilities to my 7-year-old, but I have a favorite: he takes care of his

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5 Tips to Keep Your Child Interested in Doing School Work

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Do you find it difficult to keep your kids interested in school with summer just around the corner? Warm weather can definitely make kids antsy and want to play outside rather than finish homework.
The key is to switch things up! Kids love to be entertained, so scheduling different activities…

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Encouraging Active Play: 10 Ways to Get Your Child Moving

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Active play is defined as any type of physical activity that children do which involves moderate to high bursts of energy, thereby raising their heart rate. Research shows that encouraging active play in children helps boost mental development and resistance to infections, among other benefits. Below are 10 ways of

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Tantrum-Free Outings – How to Finish the Day Fight Free

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We’ve all been that parent, carrying a crying toddler through the mall, hoping to make it to the car before throwing out our back. With less than 18 months between three of our children, my husband and I developed a system for getting all of our kids out of a…

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Education: Learning Your Letters

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Learning your letters is something every child must go through. I have a preschooler who is currently learning his letters and letter sounds. Having good fundamentals in letter sounds will help your child when he is learning to read and sounding out the words. We want our boys and girls…

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Simplicity: How to Keep Your Closet Clean and Organized

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The change of seasons is always a good time to clean out your closet…. In a perfect world, you would take a day three or four times a year to try on everything you own and assess what’s working and what’s not. In the real world, though, it’s often

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Work-at-Home Moms: 4 Ways to Earn Extra Income

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As a work-at-home mom, do you find it difficult to take care of your kids while working…? Playing, fixing meals, feeding, bathing, and taking care of children can be a full-time job in and of itself. It’s hard to find much time to do anything else let alone find

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Raising Responsible Children

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It is my hope that I will raise responsible children who can think for themselves and are prepared to be independent when they go out into the world on their own. I believe it is vital for me to instill a sense of responsibility… in my children while they are

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Parenting: How Much Should Kids Do Around the House?

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How much should we ask our kids to do around the house?… This is a question I get a lot when I’m speaking to mom groups and let me tell you, everyone has a different opinion on this.
After working with hundreds of families over the years in my

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