Life Skills

5 Wordless Ways to Comfort
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5 Wordless Ways to Comfort Loved Ones

We all want to comfort the ones we love, especially our children, when they are upset or stressed but not all parents, or all kids, are comfortable talking about feelings. For that matter, a lot of times kids genuinely don’t understand what is upsetting them. There are times that trying to force a conversation makes […]

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Why Scouting is Great for Kids
After School Activities
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Why Scouting is Great for Your Kid

I am a Scout. I was just at Scout camp last week. I have been one since first grade, and I will be until I die. Literally. When I turned 21, I paid for my lifetime membership in Girl Scouts. Naturally, we only have sons. So, my personal experience as a youth is in Girl […]

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When was the last time you ate something new?
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When was the last time you ate something new?

Kids aren’t the most experimental eaters, generally speaking. Sure, if it’s sugar-coated they’ll go for it, but they tend to stick to their favorites and it’s hard to get them to experiment. But when was the last time you tried something really different? I make a point of eating different foods just to push myself, and […]

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Their Life, Their Responsibility - Not Mine
Discipline
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School

Their Life, Their Responsibility – Not Mine

I love my boys. I do my best to care and provide for them, but I have my own stuff to deal with. There are some very hard limits to what I can and will do, and I make no apologies for that. When our boys arrive home from school every day, could I drop […]

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How to Use Time Wisely
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School

How to Use Time Wisely

It’s easy to get distracted. Sitting down to write a book, I go to my internet browser to research something, and twenty minutes later realize I have no idea what I wanted to find, but I have read all the updates on my Facebook page. Online shopping, news, entertainment stories, fun quizzes, the possibilities for […]

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Learning to Set Goals
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School

Learning to Set Goals

Sit down and either decide on a goal you have or work with your child to set a goal for them to achieve. Write it down. If you have several, put them in order and note if they are for personal, school, family/home, sports, faith, etc. Here are some examples: Personal: I will write a […]

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Recycling: Beyond the Blue Can
Elementary
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Growing Up
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Life Skills

Recycling: Beyond the Blue Can

At this point, everyone should know to put their cans, paper, and bottles in the (normally blue) recycling can instead of throwing it in the trash, but that’s just one part of it. I have always felt strongly about the need to protect the environment, so I’m a bit more aggressive than most people, but […]

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