How to Entice Your Kids to Write This Summer

Just this week I’ve spoken with several parents who are concerned about their kids’ writing abilities and want to use the summer to help them improve. “Sounds like a blast!” says little Johnny.  I’m sure his mom begged her parents for a writing program when she was...

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How to Train Your Kids to Handle Any Situation

Yesterday, I drove by a burning car.  Not a normal sight.  It was pulled over into an empty lot next to a gas station, surrounded by fire trucks whose personnel were rushing to pull the hoses out.  The flames were coming from the passenger side hood above the tire and...

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Mom, Heartbreak & Fast Women: Being a Kid Entrepreneur

Becoming a successful Kid Entrepreneur should be a country music song – “Mom” Behind every kid entrepreneur there are enthusiastic and persistent parents – they are the make-or-break ingredient. It’s moms, and dads, to be sure, who are behind most successful kids by...

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Of Forced Family Fun and Media Mentors

 We have read to our kids since they were born!  That includes finding that *$&#^ rat (okay, “mouse”) in Goodnight Moon thousands of times (“Where’s the mouse?” Hint - It’s in the same place it was on this same page ten minutes ago!!). And I loved it, despite my...

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What Do You Want to Learn This Summer?

It’s spring and I find myself looking forward to the summer.  The kids’ volunteer opportunities and jobs are already lined up, vacations planned and now I can turn my attention to the real fun – what we’ll learn this summer! Not only is summer the perfect time to...

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How to Be the Best Storyteller Your Kids Ever Knew

Here’s the thing – you already are the best storyteller your kids ever knew.  They hang on your every word…believe it or not.  So now to improve the quantity and quality of your stories…. I talk to my kids all the time……much of it is telling them stories of when I...

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Holiday Cheer Family Challenge

Here’s a family-friendly, cheerful, easy and fun challenge for this holiday season – you can determine your own family rules but here’s the idea: Choose a day – it could be December 23, December 27 or January 1 for New Year’s, any day works.  Or if a whole day is too...

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Reasons Behind Family Bedtime

A blog from All Pro Dad recently came to my attention and reinforced my reasons for creating Family Bedtime and Bedtime Bits.  So I decided to start a list knowing that it will grow.  Check back and feel free to suggest some. Reason for Family Bedtime #2:  Too Much...

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Make Cranberry Thanks Your New Tradition

Certainly there’s a place for thanks in our daily lives and especially around the holidays when families often gather around the table saying what and who they are thankful for.  And these are predictable – safe travels, family being together, this food, etc. All...

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