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Don’t Wake the Baby! Why You Should Be Letting Your Kids Sleep Longer

Don’t Wake the Baby! Why You Should Be Letting Your Kids Sleep Longer

Sleep Turbo-Charges the Brain As the mother of four children I have lived through sleepless nights, toddlers who no longer nap – those precious moments when I could use the bathroom and open the mail without a “helper”, and now – teenagers whose circadian rhythms tell them to live like vampires. Sleep – the constant […]

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Help Your Kids find Careers They Love – With or Without a College Degree

Help Your Kids find Careers They Love – With or Without a College Degree

What do you want to be when you grow up? Miserable? Bored? Frustrated? Tired? These likely aren’t the answers we expect to hear from our kids when people ask them the ever present question about their looming futures. People expect firefighter, teacher, astronaut, football player, or superhero. We don’t want our kids to pursue paths […]

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Homeschooling Can Ruin Your Marriage

Homeschooling Can Ruin Your Marriage

For better or worse. In sickness and in health. Perhaps you pledged things like this during your wedding vows, but did you also promise to honor your partner during homeschooling and times of sanity? You might make it through those “broke” years or come out the other side from a life threatening illness, but whether […]

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Why Slumber Parties are a Bad Idea

Why Slumber Parties are a Bad Idea

My son is at a sleepover tonight, and I am sure I will most likely pay for allowing him to go. He will come home tired, cranky, and quick to retort with impatient answers to basic questions (such as Are you hungry for lunch?). Oh yeah – and he’ll come home slightly stinky because this […]

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Do Longer School Days Equal Smarter Kids?

Do Longer School Days Equal Smarter Kids?

Or Are We Just Self-Destructing? If the nation’s children aren’t succeeding in school, it means they need more time in school. Such is the position of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who said that he supports the adding of hundreds of hours to academic calendars. A pilot project which will encompass 20,000 students across several states […]

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Would You Do It All Over Again?

Would You Do It All Over Again?

Back to the Future – Living a Purposeful Life as a Parent and Grandparent Would you go back to high school if you could know then what you know now? Or how about take a trip like that infamous one Michael J. Fox took in Back to the Future? There is no time like the […]

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Students Aren’t the Only Ones Who Hate Tests

Students Aren’t the Only Ones Who Hate Tests

Teachers Boycott Standardized Exams Parents, students, and more recently, educators, have been questioning the need for and reliability of standardized testing of students. New attention is being given to the argument that standardized testing causes a negative strain on classrooms and curriculums as teachers in Seattle recently decided to boycott standardized exams. The boycott doesn’t […]

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Tracking Kids with Technology

Tracking Kids with Technology

Does Technology Keep Our Kids Safe or Create Minions? If you’re a parent chances are you have had that heart-stopping moment when you couldn’t find Billy in the grocery store aisle or he didn’t return your call out the backdoor for lunchtime. My first memory of this as a mom came when my distracted toddler was […]

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Scream Free Parenting

Scream Free Parenting

Is It Really Possible – and Effective? Parenting – it’s not about the kids. This is the ironic message that is delivered in Scream Free Parenting, by Hal Edward Runkel. According to Runkel we are too focused on our kids, too ready to help them, control them, mold them, and be with them. We scream […]

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Is Your Teen in an Abusive Relationship?

Is Your Teen in an Abusive Relationship?

Redefining Teenage Dating Abuse New research gives parents one more reason to do everything they can to protect their children from teenage dating abuse and violence. Reports just released in the journal Pediatrics show that teenagers who are in abusive relationships appear to be more likely to develop emotional and substance abuse issues when they […]

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