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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Socks Can’t Save You

Remember those first few moments of terror when your newborn baby came home for the very first time?  Then there was that excruciating car ride with the car seat strapped in tight as the vehicle zoomed at sub-speed levels, crawling your way through the tenuous traffic and all the ‘crazy’ and ‘careless’ drivers who didn’t

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Just Breathe

Do you ever notice that when our kids are anxious, it tends to make us more anxious?  As we attempt to help them cope, it becomes harder and harder as the anxiety for both creeps higher and higher. I find it is helpful to catch our kids in the early stages of their anxiety cycle

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Watch and Learn

Our kids are watching us all the time.  They even emulate us when we least expect it.  This can be for better or for worse. Sometimes it’s hard to see our imperfections reflected back to us.  Other times, it’s flattering when our positive qualities, like creativity or a love of reading, shine through in our

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Testing 1-2-3

We are fortunate to live in an area where my boys have access to a great public school.  Since my husband and I have made the choice for them to attend a public school, we knew going in that standardized testing would be part of our boys’ curriculum. My youngest won’t be tested until next

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