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10-to-13 yrs old (Pre-Teen)
Nov08
The Best Thanksgiving Crafts and Traditions

The Best Thanksgiving Crafts and Traditions

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I realized this morning there are just two weeks until Thanksgiving. I somehow convinced myself that days do not add up to weeks and it was still the beginning of November. Now is the time to get organized for the first of the fall and winter holidays. I am a huge fan of Thanksgiving because […]

Oct30
Another Halloween Tradition: Trunk-Or-Treat

Another Halloween Tradition: Trunk-Or-Treat

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I swear, I moved literally one mile north and all the activities are different. First we encountered the Halloween Boo, now we’ve discovered the Trunk Or Treat event. Our last elementary school celebrated Halloween with a PTA sponsored party in the evening. This party was great fun for the kids with tons of candy, cupcakes, […]

Oct25
Great Halloween Crafts

Great Halloween Crafts

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You may not know this, based on the tone of my summer time Burning Daylight series. I like doing things with my kids I just don’t like doing things with my kids 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Which is what my kids think life should be like in the summer: a non-stop […]

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Oct18
How to Start A Kid’s Book Club

How to Start A Kid’s Book Club

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My kid’s new school is currently a construction area. Actually the school is not a construction area but the playground is. They are currently building the first new elementary school in our district since 1964 and although we’re all very excited to have not just a new building but a building which doesn’t leak in […]

Jun21
The Best Children’s Clothing Labels: Good For Stuff, Bad For People.

The Best Children’s Clothing Labels: Good For Stuff, Bad For People.

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I got this letter in my imagination. Dear Melissa Summers, I have amazing news for you. You have won a summer worth of sleep away camp for both your children, all free of charge because this is your imagination. Now, how will you label their belongings so they come home with what they take with […]

Apr19

Discussing Safety with Children: Something I wish I wasn’t buzzing about.

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We thought, in light of this week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech, it would be a good day to share some resources to help parents talk to children about school violence. It’s relatively easy for me to shield my kids from news reports and images about these tragedies. After 9/11, my daughter was not quite three […]

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