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Jul11
Are Your Kids Ready For Summer Sleep Away Camp?  Are You?

Are Your Kids Ready For Summer Sleep Away Camp? Are You?

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Summer camp. The butt of many jokes, the setting for many horror movies, the rite of passage that marks the period of childhood when one is old enough to be away from home, yet not old enough to have any responsibilities. How do you know when the time is right?

Jul05
Home Alone, the Milestone Not the Movie

Home Alone, the Milestone Not the Movie

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In the past week I have had conversations with several people about what age is okay to leave your child home alone. What do you think?

Jun21
Teenagers and Curfews

Teenagers and Curfews

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Sometimes when I am out shopping at the grocery store I see other mothers who look just like me. Bags under their eyes, stifling yawns, clothing that looks like it was put on haphazardly or possibly slept in. Our carts are filled with snack foods, frozen pizzas, and coffee.

It’s the frozen pizzas that are the real give away.

Jun10
Report Card Time for Mom

Report Card Time for Mom

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What if the tables were turned and you as a parent were going to get graded on your child’s report card for things like your child doing their homework, coming to class prepared, getting enough sleep, your perceived involvement in their education? How do you think you would do?

Jun06
Inclusive Special Education Benefits Everyone

Inclusive Special Education Benefits Everyone

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There is a little note tacked up on the front of my refrigerator. A couple of typed lines on a torn piece of paper. I will frequently do this when I find a quote that resonates with me, or one I hope will speak to my children. I figure that my teenagers are in the refrigerator enough times a day there might as well be something there that inspires thought other than what they want to stuff into their stomachs.

Currently on the refrigerator hangs this quote:

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity. ~Confucius

May27
Advice for a Lifetime

Advice for a Lifetime

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I have been thinking about the sort of things I want them to know before they head off into the world, to college, and beyond. The things I wish I had realized before I was much older.

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