Helping Kids Celebrate Parents’ Birthdays

Written by: | July 17, 2015

Today I turn 40. For the past nine years, I have to admit, birthdays have been a bit anti-climactic. Let’s face it, our young adult years are filled with a barrage of milestone birthdays: 16, 18, 21, 25 (though I’m still not sure why), 29 and of course, the...
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3 Ways to Steal Gratitude from your Children

Written by: | June 29, 2015

Thank you. Two simple words, yet they mean so much. When said with warmth, sincerity and integrity, they communicate love and appreciation. Yet when said with sarcasm and guilt, they leave you feeling worse than you did before. Ironically, these are also some of the first words we teach...
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Being a Mom

Written by: | May 2, 2013

I once heard being a mom described in this way and it has forever stuck with me: “…It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body” ~ Elizabeth Stone Being is mom is exhilarating, fulfilling and comforting… but at the same time it...
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Teach Your Kids to Tell the Truth: 30 Day Countdown

Written by: | April 1, 2013

Did you know April 30 is National Honesty Day? I didn’t either until recently! So this month, I wanted to give you 30 tips to help keep your kids honest; consider it a countdown of sorts. As parents, once of the most difficult tasks we’re charged with is teaching...
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An Unorthodox Easter Story

Written by: | March 1, 2013

My Easter story is a bit unorthodox…out of the ordinary, you might say. As an only child who grew up with parents of different religions (a Jewish father and an Anglican mother from England – neither of whom regularly practiced their faith, mind you…), you could say I was...
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Valentine's Day Kids Crafts for the Un-Crafty

Written by: | February 11, 2013

It doesn’t take much to see that Pinterest is all the rage these days. But what to do if you’re an un-crafty mom like me? Don’t worry. I discovered a Pinterest-worthy kids card craft for Valentine’s Day that is sure to be a hit that is just as easy...
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A New Year in a New Light for our Kids

Written by: | January 2, 2013

Every New Year is a chance for us to re-evaluate: our goals, our dreams, our habits, our health, our lifestyle… I could go on. But for some reason, I feel like those goals need to be even more relevant to my day to day living, especially when it comes...
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Colored vs. White Lights

Written by: | November 30, 2012

Go ahead, laugh if you want, but colored Christmas lights almost ended our marriage after 5 months. Well maybe that’s over-dramatizing it a bit, but they certainly caused an immense amount of strife during what we thought would be an enjoyable and momentous occasion: decorating our first Christmas tree...
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Thanks and Giving

Written by: | November 1, 2012

This time of year is always special to me and my family. We love to watch the leaves as the seasons change and more importantly, we love that family and friends tend to gather closer together in the next two months. But if I were to be honest with...
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Why Our Family Loves Fall

Written by: | October 1, 2012

I love Fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Living in Florida for most of my 20’s, I actually found myself going into a sort of depression around this time of year when the weather never dipped below 80 degrees and the humidity lingered in the 90% range. I...
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The Activity Dilemma: Grace for the Moment

Written by: | September 10, 2012

Only a few short months ago I was struggling to come up with a summer schedule that would optimize fun while still continue the learning process for my kids. Now we’re already back in school and instead of worrying about how to keep them occupied at home, I’m wondering...
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Starting School: The Year to Year Dilemma

Written by: | August 1, 2012

How is it possible that summer is ending and school starts in a week? Where did the time go? My kids have been at the same private school for 2 years now after my daughter had a less than desirable experience in our public school for Kindergarten. For me,...
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