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Cars and Planes….Entertaining Your Kids for Happy Travels!


So, you have your vacation booked, you are packed, and now you are thinking about how you will entertain your child in the car or on the plane!  Long trips are even longer when you have children who are fussy and bored!  We traveled to the beach each year by car, and took the occasional …

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Don’t work so hard…summer fun is easy!


Keep it simple…fun and learning can happen as easily as a bucket with water and a few ice cubes! I was talking to my daughter the other evening after she had been babysitting some children of a wonderful Mom from one of my Mom’s groups I lead.  She showed me pictures of the toddlers entertaining …

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Loving Touch is Important at Every Age!


Recently I visited with our twenty something son. As he walked in, he gave me a big hug and I kissed him on the cheek.  As I was preparing for my parenting groups this week I was thinking about that moment.  The hug and kiss of my son, who is definitely a young man now, was as …

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Get a little dirty…it is time to garden!


  It is that time of year when I am doing a bit of grumbling about all the yard work, but also looking forward to getting my perennial beds cleared and blooming, my cut flower bed planted and preparing my vegetable garden for this summer’s crop of tomatoes, beans and of course sunflowers.  I definitely …

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Baby Sign…How do you start?


Teach your child sign…help him express his feelings!  The “I love you” sign can be used as a special sign for many years to come! How do you start? 1.  Familiarize yourself with signs through books, websites or other sources.  There are many resources on the web…don’t try to learn all the signs, you will …

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Baby Sign…why?


Signing with your child opens up his world to communication!   Picture this:  your sweet 1-year-old child is lying on the floor screaming.  You ask what this sweet child wants, and the screaming escalates.  You then run around the room holding items up…”Do you want your milk?”  “Oh I bet you want your paci!”  “You want …

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Number 2 on the way….what were we thinking??


Our oldest loving her little sister….every moment wasn’t always this precious! Most parents experience pure excitement and joy when they learn they are pregnant with their first child.  They dive right in to learning about a healthy pregnancy, preparing for labor and delivery, and planning the nursery.  Often the experience is a little different when pregnancy occurs for …

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Easter egg hunts and the importance of family tradition


Easter always brought out the hats, gloves, and even with my husband’s protest….plaid shorts and sweaters for Connor!  The dress will be a little different this weekend, I am sure!  🙂 I am so very blessed to have 3 of our 4 children, our wonderful son in law and our 2 perfect grandsons home this …

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This Valentine’s Day, Commit to 4 Goals….


Commit to your relationships with 4 simple goals….. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Walking into Target, the aisles are full of pink and red and signage promising if you purchase this your Valentine will forever be yours! Yes, Valentine’s Day may be a marketing ploy more than a real day to celebrate love, …

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“We always do that!” Why Family Tradition is Important!


Our “traditional” Christmas tree.  A little more “perfectly” decorated than years past….there are ornaments even on the bottom of the tree now!  If we are smart we listen to our children when they say “That is how we always do it!” or “That is what we always do!” even when we have only done it …

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