New Beginnings

Hopefully, by now, everyone is back to school and in a good routine.  Generally it takes a few weeks before everyone finds their groove.  Having recently relocated, my family and I are creating our routines from scratch.  This has not been without its challenges.  However, there are some universal lessons we are learning that may

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‘Bee’ All That You Can ‘Bee’

As I sat in the audience while my younger son competed in the county spelling bee, it was difficult to watch.  Partly because I was overly invested every time he stepped up to the microphone, and partly because of having to watch the devastation that befell many of the kids as they misspelled words.  It

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Having a Mindset for Success

By now, school is back in full swing.  With it comes the relief of a structured schedule, but also the demands of learning.  Some kids will rise to the occasion, and others will have some setbacks.  If you are like my kids, it’s a little bit of both.  As I am faced with where they

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Independence for All

Having just celebrated our nation’s independence, it got me thinking about my boys and their level of independence. In our family structure, since I am mostly a full-time stay-at-home parent, I often wonder if they have age-appropriate life skills in place. They rely heavily on me to guide them through their day-to-day life and I

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The ‘Reality’ of Social Media

When I first entered the world of personal social media I felt a lot of pressure.  First and foremost because I was lagging way behind.  Most people I knew had accounts for years and were experts at posting amazing tidbits of their adventure-filled lives.  Secondly, I thought I had to showcase the myriad of talents

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