For the Love of Reading (Part One)

When my boys were young, they were rambunctious.  I had a difficult time managing their high energy levels as well as my expectations of them.  I had never been tackled-hugged in all my life before having them.  Once they entered my world, tackle-hugs were the norm. Whenever we were home for extended periods, negotiating their

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Fuel to the Fire

A few weeks ago I had a positive phone call with my oldest son’s teacher.  He had decided not to try out for his school’s math team and I had reached out to his teacher to discuss this.  His heart didn’t seem into it and I wanted her perspective.  At this age (11), how much

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If at First You Don’t Succeed…

When my oldest started school, I delighted in micromanaging his homework.  While I still found it hard to believe that kindergarteners required homework, I was happy to sit at the table with him to oversee his work.  This was mostly because I missed him a lot during the day and it was a great way

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Today Shoes, Tomorrow the World!

If you look at parenting in its entirety, it can quickly overwhelm you.  During my boys’ lengthy ‘terrible twos’ that started at 15 months and lasted until kindergarten, I never would have believed it would get easier.  When I started each day with them, I would mentally prepare for the seemingly endless battles that lay

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