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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Beyond Grade School

I recently attended a parent information meeting regarding my oldest’s son’s transition into middle school.  I must admit, I am in some serious denial about him attaining this milestone, but going to this meeting made it seem much more real. In only couple short months he will be on his way.  He is ready.  I

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For the Love of Reading (Part Two)

In Part One of this series, I gave reading suggestions for young children.  In this post, I will focus on ideas for older kids.  My hope is that you find books that capture your children’s imagination so they are more likely to keep reading. One series that got both my boys excited about reading was My

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Let Their Attitude Guide You

“That’s it. I’ve had it. I call uncle.  I’m tired of bringing my oldest son to soccer.” This was the point I reached as his Fall ’15 season came to an end.  I didn’t care if he showed ‘promise’.  I no longer cared who did or didn’t want him to continue to play.  All I

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Alien Bait

My oldest son and I were sitting at our kitchen table having some dinner.  I had fed my younger son earlier and sent him on his way to a friend’s house.  I was enjoying my one-on-one conversation with my eldest.  He had completed a science project outlining some facts about a recently identified dwarf planet

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