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Classroom Volunteers 101

I’ll admit it. I am just not crafty. I look at a paper plate and I see a paper plate. Not an alien or a raccoon mask or a ladybug with the addition of paint and a few pipe cleaners. I rarely go on Pinterest, nor am I trained in any aspect of child development or early education. I’m not even particularly organized. Yet, here I am, somehow into my fifth year of room-parenting. As a teacher at our school put it, sometimes all they need is “a warm body.” I can do that!

How to Get and KEEP a Babysitter

It’s so hard to find and keep good help. So hard, that when you do eventually find good help, you want to do whatever you possibly can to make sure nothing goes wrong. If your sitter is great with the kids, great with the family and overall just keeps you happy, KEEP the sitter happy!

Holiday Gift Guide

Terrific gifts just in time for the holidays!

Easy Ways for Kids to Earn Money

The best way to learn the value of a dollar is to earn it yourself. Kids needn’t wait until they are 16 to start a job! Here are some practical ways they can begin earning money on their own!

Three Quick Ways for Parents to Add Interactive Play Throughout the Day

A child’s development at an early age sets the stage for future success, and interactive play can have a big impact. Not only does it expand a child’s imagination and social skills, but it also can help develop gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and hand and finger strength.

Dressing Without Drama

I think it’s fair to say we would all enjoy having our children dressed in clothes that are appropriate for the season, the activities they will be participating in, and coordinated in some manner.

Managing the Mess

We have welcomed our third baby home and, since then, trying to stay afloat on housework has been a challenge. I feel defeated often but like to think about a meme I saw online about having a clean house, happy kids or your sanity—and that you can only choose two at a time (if that). Although that’s a great reminder you can't have your cake and eat it off a clean fork too, I do know that I am a better mom and wife when the house is picked up.

The Good, Bad and the Ugly:

Secrets are a normal part of a child’s life and actually even can help foster an ability to problem solve and get out of sticky situations. Maybe a math grade has fallen below a C and the child works really hard to bring the grade up, with Mom and Dad never the wiser. Granted, these secrets aren’t ideal but, in the end, are relatively harmless. On the flip side, there are secrets that should never be kept from a parent, and it’s vitally important to let your kids know the difference between the two.

Why Music?

In today’s society, we are exposed to music almost constantly, whether it’s a movie soundtrack, music in a store, attending a concert, singing in the shower or just listening

Going Overboard: When parents help too much

Parents want their child to be successful and supported, and sometimes this results in over-parenting. “There are several ways parents might over-parent without realizing they are actually doing so,” says Kimberly Levitan, Kansas City area clinical social worker, registered play therapist and owner of Playful Solutions LLC.
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