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No Homework Policy?

Oh, the honeymoon in the beginning of the school year. New backpacks, lunch boxes, smiles, and the excitement of school in the air. The novelty may have worn off my now. Have a school age child? How would a “No Homework Policy” sound? You may ask yourself, does my child have time to: Play? Create? […]

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Word Vomit

Word Vomit

Word Vomit. It’s not just a phrase from a popular teen movie, it’s an actual disorder. Okay, not really. But it feels that way. Symptoms typically include a burst of nonsensical, but excited, rambling. Your voice may also raise 2-3 octaves for no apparent reason. Population affected? Parents that have gone long bouts without adult […]

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This is My Parenting Style, and I’m Not Ashamed

Here’s my confession. I am a huge nerd. No, seriously. Nerd. HUGE nerd. If I’m curious about a topic, I can’t stop myself from reading things – books, articles, blogs, magazines, etc that touch upon said topic. And for the past 5 years, that topic of obsession has been…wait for it…finding my PARENTING STYLE.  How […]

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Is It Preschool Yet? Cuz I’m Done

Live in the moment. Cherish these early years. They grow up so fast. It doesn’t last long. It doesn’t get easier. You’ll miss these years when they’re gone. Okay, I get it. I know I’m supposed to just soak in these days because they’ll be graduating from high school and getting married in the blink […]

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Teaching Civility in Seemingly Less Than Civil Times

There’s been so much talk lately about civility – particularly in national politics. I remember hearing the elementary school children at the bus stop last fall saying how they couldn’t stand this candidate or that one. Of course, they knew nothing about either individual or their political agendas. But this idea goes beyond politics and […]

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Solar Eclipse Safety Information

Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can permanently damage your vision or cause blindness. In Ohio, we are not in the “path of totality” and will only have a partial eclipse.  Therefore, there is no safe time to look at the sun with the naked eye.   If you decide to watch […]

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Curiosity

Children Learn from Curious Parents

After a horrible decision on my part of letting my kids watch Captain Underpants and then the second worst idea, checking out all the Captain Underpants books from the library, potty talk in our house is becoming as prevalent as every trip to the bathroom. I have had many not-so-proud parenting moments of telling my […]

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