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Quirk Books: Help for Reluctant Readers?
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Quirk Books: Help for Reluctant Readers?

I had a post partway written that I was trying to finish for tomorrow. Then I decided to check other books by the publisher of a book I just finished, Night of the Living Trekkies. I wanted to buy every single one I saw in their “fiction” section, and that just doesn’t happen to me. I […]

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Handling A Lice Outbreak Like a Boss
Elementary
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Health and Wellness
Little Kids
Preschool
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Handling A Lice Outbreak Like a Boss

Lice are gross. We can all agree on that. And, like most gross things, they happen and there really isn’t a heck of a lot we can do about it. Sure, you can use shampoo to repel them and reduce the risk, but gross still happens. So how do you handle a lice outbreak like […]

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Why Elementary Schools Should Show PG Movies
Ages and Stages
Elementary
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Little Kids
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Why Elementary Schools Should Allow PG Movies

I feel strongly that elementary schools should allow PG movies, especially for PTO events and school field trips (on the tour buses). Why? One word: Frozen. It’s PG for “some action and mild rude humor.” I am not making that up. Schools won’t allow kids to watch many of the most popular movies for kids because of the […]

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Modern School: A Culture of Fear
Ethics and Morals
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Modern School: A Culture of Fear

My kids love their schools, but it doesn’t take long to figure out that the zero tolerance policies modern schools have been forced into a position where they have a culture of fear for the students, teachers, and administrators. There really aren’t a lot of areas where zero tolerance makes sense and those where it […]

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Finding Purpose and Working Toward It
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Health and Wellness
Mental Health
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Finding Purpose and Working Toward It

Everyone, no matter how little, has things they haven’t done that they want to do–goals. As we grow up, our goals become more complex and longer term. They advance from grabbing our toes to walking to making people understand us to school and sports goals and eventually getting into college and getting a good job. […]

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How to Use Time Wisely
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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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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
House and Home
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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What to Do When Your Kid Is Sick
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What to Do When Your Kid is Sick

I’m pretty sure we’re not the only family where Mom goes to all the pediatrician appointments. I’m sure there are also families where dad goes and Mom doesn’t. Either way, if you aren’t the parent who usually helps the sick kids, here is a short guide to what to do when your kid is sick. There’s […]

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Little Kids
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Class Parties and Potlucks

Your kid just came up and told you they need something for the class party today and you have no time to shop or make anything. What’s a quick, easy solution? Popcorn! Make a whole bucket of it. Last time I did this, I filled a three-gallon bucket I already had because it was for a […]

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