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  • Summer "Break"

        You know the feeling. One more week of school. Temperatures climbing. Homework dwindling. Daylight lengthening.  It's almost Summer Break! Your whole family can taste the grilled hot dogs, feel the cool pool water, hear the fireworks calling. You're looking forward to easy-going days and nights, with no schedule and spur of the moment ice-cream runs. You can't wait. And then your sweet seven-year-old daughter, riding her scooter with her friends, like she does every...

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  • A Case of the Crazies

        It's official! We've got the annual "Case of the Crazies" at our house. I'm sure you know the symptoms: "It's hot outside! School must almost be over, right?" "Homework? Aw, who cares? School is almost over." "Mom, we have Fine Arts Day, Field Day, Picnic with the Principal and a field trip this week. Can you come?" "We had three extra recesses today!" "Let's just go swimming!" Bedtime? It's still light outside! I can't possibly go to sleep!" "We have schoo...

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  • Wild Readers!

        I love to read. I read, every night before I go to sleep, no matter how late it is. I read mysteries, biographies, historical fiction and random recommendations from my friends. I have been a reader, like this, for as long as I can remember. When my son was born, almost ten years ago, I happily put all of the "reading advice" into action. I read, out loud, to him, from day one. My husband read the sports section to him. His grandparents dragged out my own kid-books, and r...

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  • The Weather Blues

    That's it! Enough is enough! I've had it with the weather this winter. Sure, it's funny for awhile: "How great! It's 79 degrees today! The kids are outside in shorts and it's January!" "Oh my gosh! Where did this cold come from? I'm washing shorts from the weekend and today, the wind chill is 12 degrees." "No, son, you cannot wear shorts to school today. It's winter." "Go back and put a short-sleeved shirt on, you'll roast to death in that sweatshirt." "Don't forget your hat and mitt...

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  • Cleaning Out

      Somehow, I have created two children who hate to get rid of anything. Never mind that he has not played with toy x in months, as soon as it appears in a visible pile somewhere, ready to be donated, the toy suddenly becomes his prized possession. It matters not that that t-shirt, rarely worn when it did fit, is now too small. It might be needed! It was her favorite! That Board Game that is designed for children, ages 2-5? Can we give that away, now that we have a six and nine-yea...

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  • The Heart of the Home?

      I recently attended a luncheon where moms were celebrated as "the heart of the home." We were asked: "Is your home a peaceful, forgiving place for your children?" "What does your home say about what your family believes is important?" "Do your kids WANT to be home with you? Are they happy there?"   Well.  After we all had a good laugh with shared stories of non-peaceful third grade science project work, harried dinners where nobody actually sat at the table and a r...

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  • To Try or Not to Try?

      We have a First Grade Girl in our family. Welcome to the world of "Would she like to try....?" Dance Class Daisy Troop Indian Princesses Church Choir After School Art Class Running Club Cheerleading (!?) Karate Deep breath. Yes, during this first six weeks of school, we have been asked/encouraged/pressured (to varying degrees) to join each of these options. The good news is that they all have merit, they all offer ways to make friends, they all have great parent leaders....

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  • When is "Good Enough" the right answer?

      At our house, we're struggling with homework capability vs. homework motivation. Does this sound familiar to anyone else out there? We have a really intelligent third grade boy. He is lucky enough to be able to accomplish the brain work, without much strain. Right now, he is merely investing the time in the "busy work," because he does not have any struggle for understanding. Herein lies the problem. Yes, he spelled the words correctly. No, this is not his best penmanship. Yes,...

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  • "Wondering Lists"

      There are so many talented mom bloggers out there...professional ones, with brilliant skill, humor and insight. For me, sometimes, it's hard not to be overwhelmed by both the sheer magnitude of the reading opportunity AND the crazy amount of great ideas that I'm not doing with my own kids. This week, though, I came across a great blog idea, that is perfect for my kids, who are six and nine. The idea comes from the Power of Moms site and is so simple and yet so helpful. "Wonderin...

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  • Getting Ready for Vacation

      Getting ready for vacation is no vacation. Our family is seriously excited about heading out to the East Coast for a week.  I, however, seem to be the only one interested in preparing to actually get there. Packing, you see, is no fun. Thinking ahead about clothing, sunscreen, beach attire, beach house supplies, books, toys and sports equipment requires prep work, attention to detail and time. None of these are prevalent at our house.  How can we pack when we have pla...

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  • Red, White and Blue

    When I was a kid, the Fourth of July was not as big an event as it is, today.  Or, at least, in my memory, it wasn't. Sure, we had a picnic and watched fireworks, but that was it. It was a great summer day, but it bore more resemblance to July 10 or July 19, than it did to Christmas. Boy, has that changed! Now, I have more patriotic attire options to buy, than I would ever be able to wear. My daughter requested that her fingernails and toenails be painted red, white and blue, in p...

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  • School Mom vs. Summer Mom

      School Mom vs. Summer Mom: Is there a difference at your house? There certainly is, at mine. School Mom is all about bedtimes, making beds, eating breakfast at the table, no TV before school, homework before screen time, posting the family schedule calendar, making appointments and being clean before getting into bed again.     Doesn't sound like much fun, does she? Probably not, but she is a necessary evil. Summer Mom is less concerned about bedtimes, happy to eat ...

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  • Baseball Life Lessons

      Having spent the better part of the last two months watching Little League Baseball Games, I've come to realize that much of the coaching on the field, translates very well into real, regular life. See what you think:   1. "Baseball Ready!" This is shouted before the game begins, before each inning begins. It's the coaches' way of getting the boys' attention...calling attention to the fact that they need to be ready, be focused, be prepared. I would love to be in the classr...

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  • Girlfriends

      Last week, my friend sent this story to me:     GIRLFRIENDS: They Teach It at Stanford In an evening class at Stanford University, the lecture was on the mind-body connection and the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (the Head of Psychiatry at Stanford) said  that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman. One of the best things that a woman could do for her health was to nurture he...

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  • Boys and Their Socks

      It is a well-known stereotype that girls often develop specific loves for their shoes. Little girls might spend most of their time, in the morning, selecting which shoes to wear with which outfit. These little girls then grow into big girls who linger in the Nordstrom Shoe Department. No surprises, here. What I didn't know about, was the potential for the same kind of obsession in boys....only the obsession is with socks. Yes, socks.   My son is eight. In his short lifetime,...

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  • Reading Habits are Genetic?

      Sometimes, I think we live in a time of "required intensity" for our children. At eight years old, our son is already being asked to choose his favorite sport, devote all of his time to it and give up every other activity. Each time we commit to an activity, for either our son or our daughter, there are multiple forms to sign, indicating our absolute dedication to avoiding all scheduling conflicts. The message seems to be: "You must want to do this activity, all the time, every day."...

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  • Where I Want to Be

      This is where I am:     This is where I want to be:   Does anyone else out there feel like this every February? Every year, at this time, the call of the tropics beckons me. It's especially loud, right now, as I know people who are actually lounging on this very beach at this very moment.  In reality, the Spring Break that comes in March will be spent at kid parties, kid soccer and baseball practices and kid play dates. Lunch with friends will have to ...

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  • One More Difference...

    The differences between boys and girls are many and obvious.   From the moment I found out that I would have a little girl, who would become a little sister to my sweet boy, most people offered comments about these differences. "Well, you'll have a whole different experience with her." "You will get to find out that what works with a boy, does not work with a girl!" "Wow, you're in for quite a ride, with one of each."   Agreed. Our boy and are girl ARE very different. Whet...

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  • TV for Me

      I've been hearing about it for quite awhile.  "You do watch Downton Abbey, right?" "I KNOW you watch Donwton Abbey. It's like everything you like to read." "Surely you've watched since the first season, right?" Well, actually, no. Until now.   For Christmas, a dear friend recognized my lack of television screen time and purchased Downton Abbey, Seasons 1 and 2, for me. She said, simply: "You MUST make time for this. It is worth the lost sleep, or the one less thin...

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  • Dear Santa...

      Dear Santa, Please bring me a house filled with regular, healthy people for Christmas. I have had my full of stomach bugs, bronchitis and lice-scares from the elementary school. The whole month of December has been spent with Saturday morning "fine-I-guess-we'll-have-to-break-down-and-go-to-the-doctor" visits, dispensing of antibiotics and a nearly continuous cleansing of the bathrooms and the kitchen. I am worn out with wondering and worrying what we'll wake up and find, each morn...

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