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About two weeks ago, my husband and I implemented a “chore” chart and reward system for our two year old. (To be exact, he will be three in November, so he’s two and 9 months.) I use quotations for “chore” because they aren’t so much chores as skills, responsibilities and things we want him to…

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Impulse purchases can wreak havoc on the most carefully constructed budgets. It’s something we struggle with as adults (myself included). But what if we could break the cycle? By teaching your kids how to recognize them, you will be giving them the tools for overcoming that overpowering impulse to buy, buy, buy.  This month’s goal: Show your kids how retailers manipulate our…

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More Than a One Word Answer

I don’t know about your children, but my five-year-old is not really into school. And to get more than one word out of him after the school day has been a work-in-progress.   Every day it’s the same thing. Our conversation always went like this… Me: How was your day? Oaklee: Good. Me:  What was…

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Graduations and Growth

As this year’s graduates walk the stage, I watched with a renewed attention.   In May 2031, Oaklee will walk the ‘big’ stage.  This year he walked across the stage as a preschool graduate. Y’all let’s take a moment for every mom whose baby is growing quicker than they realized.   So much of what I thought I knew…

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Childhood Dream Job

As a kid, I was often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I imagined up many occupations and daydreamed of being a public servant.   What career did you dream of having? If the romantics of being a dragon tamer or a superhero excited you at one point, you realized that…

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Tech You Later, Read Now

Screen time is on the rise among children. They are spending less time reading and more time playing on a device, and it feels like the screens just keep multiplying! Right now in my living room, four glowing monitors are simultaneously being watched by different family members. Sometimes I struggle to balance screen and reading…

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Living that Bad Mom Life

Here’s my summer so far. I know you’re all SUPER jealous… Screen Time. Lots of Evil Screen Time. Toy Story. It’s replaced Ryan’s Toy Review as Teddy’s latest obsession, and so my mother in law decided to Amazon Prime him a Woody doll. It arrived about three days ago and they’ve been inseparable ever since.…

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This Summer, Choose Adventure.

School is OUT for summer! Typing that… Alice Cooper is singing out in my head. And like many parents, I have been mulling over what type of care my child should have while I am working. And I worry more about his experiences. I want my future Kindergartener’s mind to stay sharp, social skills continually…

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