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How to Get Things for Free – Part 1

August 28, 2011 by admin  
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How to get something for free – Part 1 We all like stuff for free. There is even a new reality show about it now — Extreme Sweepstakes. My daughter told me its about people who spend 6-7 hours a day entering contests to win free stuff. It is their job. One dad won everything [...]

Parenting Toddlers and Teen-agers for Ultimate Creativity

June 12, 2011 by admin  
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When you have a toddler, its difficult to imagine that in 10-12 short years, they will be a teenager. It happens so quickly. The little things you do like reading stories, singing songs, teaching your toddler letters, finding books on your child’s favorite topic, matter. It is worth the time and energy. The minutes you spend help your toddler and preschooler learn to read help ensure your child’s success in school and in life.

Helping Children Grow

April 19, 2011 by admin  
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I love Spring in the Northwest. After months of gray skies, torrential rain, hail, freezing winds, and snow, cherry trees start blooming. Its hard to capture the beauty of the blooming trees. You are driving along, surrounded by evergreens and trees bare of leaves and then you are astounded by a vibrant tree covered in [...]


March 21, 2011 by admin  
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My daughters and I have watched the Secret Millionaire show for the last two weeks. The show’s idea is when a millionaire goes to a depressed part of town and lives incognito, looking for people who are doing good in their community. The millionaire lives on a welfare wage, in a very poor part of [...]


January 25, 2011 by admin  
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Board games are a great social, educational activity. Losing can be hard for toddlers, preschoolers and young children. We provide tips for keeping board games fun, easy and brain strengthening.


January 19, 2011 by admin  
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A wonderful piece of our history that displays the power of our name was designed by artist Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Wall. The Civil Rights Memorial is displayed at the Southern Poverty Law Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. It honors 40 individuals who lost their lives during the Civil Rights movement from 1954 to [...]

How to Increase Childrens Creativity

January 7, 2011 by admin  
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Have you ever noticed how creative children are? A rock becomes a fortress. A tree becomes a house. A cloud can become a monster. Anything can become anything. Their imaginations are amazing. One of our jobs as parents is to strengthen our children’s creativity. Some children are creative artistically. Some are creative in sports. Some [...]

Taking Control of the Family Schedule or What Spiders Have to Teach Us About Organization

September 22, 2010 by admin  
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School has started. Homework is being assigned. Spelling words are being memorized. Lunches are being packed. The schedule is getting filled to the brim. The vacations we took this summer feel like a dream. Did they really happen? Bummer — It’s only September! Often, the worst part of the start of school for moms, dads [...]

How to Challenge Toddlers and Puppies

September 7, 2010 by admin  
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We added a puppy to our family this spring, Bailey. As with all puppies, kittens, babies and toddlers, he is energetic, inquisitive and curious. He runs when he could walk. He bounces everywhere, starting first thing in the morning, jumping out of bed, excited to see what new adventures will come his way. He craves challenge, stimulation and fun. Just like puppies, as parents, we can use our childrens’ innate desire to grow to help them learn math, reading, spelling and phonics in fun, exciting ways.

The Magic of Fountains

November 15, 2009 by admin  
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Suzie and Michelle’s most recent picture of their travels is of the fountain in Central Park in New York City.  There are two things I thought about when I saw this picture.  One is water.  Have you ever thought about how free water is and how much children love water?  They love just putting their [...]

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