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family-service Service: How to Teach Kids to Serve Others This Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season for giving! While this statement conjures up images of Yankee Swaps, Black Friday crowds, and the old man in the red suit, it also means helping those less fortunate… than ourselves. Some families have a holiday tradition of volunteering at a soup kitchen. Others make yearly

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Fall Leaves Kids Craft: How to Make a Nature-Inspired Turkey

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Wow, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And boy does my family have a lot to be thankful… about. We live in a town in New Jersey called Bayonne. The Bayonne Bridge connects Bayonne, New Jersey to Staten Island, New York. We weathered Hurricane Sandy; perhaps you have seen pictures

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toilet spider Kids Craft: How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Spider

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As a preschool teacher and mom to a crafty three-year-old, I’m always working on some sort of kids craft at home. This month, we are having fun getting ready for Halloween. Today I’m excited to be here from Brie Brie Blooms… for the first time to share an easy

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when I was little Power of Story Week 3: Stories From When I Was Little

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For years these words scared me to death, “What was it like when you were little, mom?” I would feel silly, tongue tied and put on the spot when my children asked me about my childhood. I wanted to tell them sweet, endearing stories from my life… when they

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Kenyan Women Dancing Shot@Life’s Blogust Campaign Saves 10,000 Children From Preventable Diseases

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We did it! We just saved 10,000 lives. How? Who? Let me share…
Over the past 30 days, I participated in the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life’s Blogust: Blog Relay for Good…. Thirty-one bloggers each took a day to write a blog post. Yesterday’s, for example, was written by my

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sos-summer2012-07 time Taking Time to Enrich Lives Through Trees and Books

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Last summer, I shared some ideas for doing acts of service involving the word “time.” Some of them were pretty good, I thought, like the suggestion to vote for a community to receive a free fruit orchard through CommunitiesTakeRoot.com, Dreyer’s Fruit Bars, and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. …

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asian-baby-sleeping2 Sleep: Four Simple Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep Longer

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Do you want your child to sleep later tomorrow morning? It sounds like a silly question. Of course you do! Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do that will make a BIG difference.

4 Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep Longer

1. Get Blackout Shades…

If you

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brother-newborn-change Parenting: How to Help Children Weather The Storms Of Change

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In the weeks leading up to having my second child, I felt a building guilt that came out of nowhere. Why would I ruin our perfect family… by bringing the inevitable upheaval of a newborn into the mix? Why would I change anything when everything was going so well?

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Jamie-Martin-and-family1 Jamie Martin Shines as a Steady Mom and Homeschooler

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Writer and spiritual activist Marianne Williamson once said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not… to be? You are a child

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school-backpack-girl-asian 2 Parenting: I’m a Terrible School Mom

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My daughter started at a Parent’s Morning Out program when she was just a bit over two years old, and I did not have ANY idea how to be the mom of a kid in school…. In fact, in what is probably my most humiliating moment as a mom,

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