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TAG: parenting

4 Things to consider before letting your preschooler use a tablet

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on November 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley I admit it was a rookie mistake. I had just upgraded my smartphone but all the apps were still loaded on my old phone. I thought my then 5-year-old would enjoy playing some of her games on it during a family car trip. After putting it in airplane mode, I passed the phone […]

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Getting ready for kindergarten book list

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on August 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and scary. What parent isn’t excited about the free time they will have while their kindergartner is at school, but also a little scared to let them go? This transition can be just as intimidating for a new kindergartner as it is for parents. Even if […]

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Asper-reads: Great books and resources about Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorders

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers, Teens on August 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs A few weeks after running a blog post on the We Need Diverse Books movement, I heard from Kathleen, a young reader in North Carolina who wrote that she has Asperger syndrome. “I’m trying to put together shareable resources to help empower others with autism to be confident, social, and able to […]

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Why my children study a foreign language

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on July 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley They don’t believe us when we tell them, but our children will thank us for this one day. You see, for the last few years, my husband and I have required our three daughters to study a foreign language; specifically, Mandarin Chinese. Why Chinese? We taught English for 18 months at a university in the People’s […]

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Lessons from Mom

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers on May 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Clarissa Fidler Having just celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, I’ve been thinking about all the ways my mom has influenced my life and shaped who I am today. Even now in my late 20s, I still find I need her advice and support on a regular basis. I think moms have a special gift […]

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How to Throw an Awesome Tween Birthday Party

Posted in For You, kids on April 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Birthday season is right around the corner for our household. When our daughters were really little, it was easier to plan a fabulous party. All we had to do was invite a handful of their friends, serve some cake and ice cream, plan a simple craft or game, and the party was […]

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Birthday Party Goody Bag Alternatives to Plastic Toys

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on April 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson There are many unwritten rules of parenting. One of which is, “if you have kids under the age of eight, you will have an obscene amount of cheap, plastic toys in your house.” Ok, I’m not really sure at which age this ends. I just picked eight because I’m hoping the end is […]

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Becoming Nontraditional: Books & resources for returning to school 

Posted in Business and Careers, Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Teens on January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker When my son graduated from high school there was no way he was stepping on the college train the following fall. He had spent the most of his childhood education struggling to conform to the public school system. He’s a smart kid, just not one who learns best under the traditional American […]

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A Slice of Life

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time on September 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

By Kim Harshberger I am not a cheery person. No one ever calls me sunshine. (Well, that’s not true. A salesman did. Once.) I don’t look on the bright side. I don’t give greeting cards with my presents. I don’t volunteer. I don’t have a community, or even many friends. I am terrible about asking […]

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May I Pet Your Dog, Please?

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on September 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Recently, my girls have become obsessed with dogs. Any dog they see, they want to pet. We’ve been driving down the road and had them beg us to pull over because they want to pet a dog (we don’t pull over.) If we are at the park and a dog shows up, […]

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