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Raising Changemakers: A Call to Action for Parents Everywhere

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Here’s a challenge we are all faced with as parents: how do you prepare children for a future in an ever changing world? Many of today’s jobs didn’t even exist...

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Curiosity and Kids: Inspire a New Year for the Family

Take this quiz to inspire a new year of curiosity. Being curious is an advantage. It is an advantage that the young seem to relish in, but many of us seem to lose as we age. As you watch a young toddler experiment with stepping, watching others, making new noises, and...

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Kids Building Good Habits for a Lifetime of Success

“You’re a hard habit to break…” If that sounds like a song lyric it is. I am a child of the 80’s. So let’s get down to business. It’s the start of a new calendar year and many of you are now looking to establish New...

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5 Powerful Reasons to Make Gratitude Your Family Goal

The Science of Gratitude Two years ago a research study revealed that regardless of race, age, or political ideology parents overwhelmingly agreed on a single trait they are most eager to instill in their children. What characteristic won out? Responsibility....

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Happy Holidays!

We wanted to take a moment to send well wishes during the holidays. We hope you find peace and happiness throughout the the year to come. You have our profound gratitude for your trust in our services. Merry Christmas Happy Hanukkah Happy Kwanzaa Happy new Year And...

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Travel With Children: Explaining Pat-downs?

In my former life as a freelance actress and singer, I performed a program called “The Bubbylonian Encounter.” It is a well written program for first through third graders. The performance focused on the types of appropriate and inappropriate touches that...

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Get the Kids to Help: Give Them Chores

When my family all got together for Thanksgiving, it was the usual blend of chaos, cacophony, gluttony and non-stop euchre playing.   So kinda awesome, in other words. Yes, my favorite partner and I DID win 7-8 games in a row, but that’s not the point of this article....

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Preventing Childhood Illness with Proper Handwashing

Since this week is National Handwashing Awareness Week AND we’re headed into the holiday (Note: NO sick kids during the holidays) I thought to write this blog. I kept hearing about neighbors and friends whose children have became ill this past week. Let’s...

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Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. A long weekend of excess, of focusing, at least in part, on ones’ own wants and abundance. We celebrate the gifts that we do have, good fortune, family and food. And the very next day, sometimes that very same night, many of...

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Inspiring Leadership: The “Tale” of the Turkey Brigade

I was standing with my daughters in the produce section. How much more it would cost to buy fresh sweet potatoes instead of canned yams for 125 families?  I wasn’t getting them ready for the latest math story problems, I was Thanksgiving shopping – for 500. The...

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Crafting Gratitude: A DIY Story

Last year I read an article about one family “making their holiday gifts” instead of buying them. Operation “Crafting gratitude” as I called it, helped each of us to focusing more on meaning and less on buying. There were many great reasons why...

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Supporting Teens and Depression

The following is shared from a presentation on teens and depression made by Dr Elizabeth Koschmann of University of Michigan Psychology Department to the PTO of Washtenaw International High School as reported by Angela Smith, blogger. “I am so stressed.” As a parent,...

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Allowing Kids to Fail Is Not the End of the World

One of the hats I wear in life is that of a Scout Leader. I have been a den leader and Scoutmaster for my son as well as a Girl Scout Leader for my daughter.  One of the things that I really appreciate is that each of the programs will allow kids to fail in a...

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Foraging: Finding Cool Stuff in Unexpected Places

Recently, after bad timing had prevented us from doing so numerous times this year, we finally made it to a foraging class. We Drove 45 minutes to a place kind of in the middle of nowhere (in an area that is, to many, already the middle of nowhere) and enjoyed some...

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Besting the Season of Gluttony

That time of year is quickly drawing near. The wonderful time of generosity and abundance, of sharing what you have with others. Yes, my friends, leftover Halloween candy season is just around the corner. It’s just the beginning of our annual season of gluttony, a...

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Confessions of Retired Soccer (Mom) Coach

This morning I dropped my 12-year old off for his job as a soccer referee. He had three games back-to-back and I thought that perhaps I could let him work without mom on the sidelines. I packed him a snack, handed him his dad’s cell phone, and went over his...

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Children Who Volunteer

Since Thursday is “Character Day”, I wanted to take a moment to write about several important strengths that I build up in my children: kindness, social responsibility, leadership, and gratitude. How do I teach my children to embrace and build up these...

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Cooking With Kids

Since today is “Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day” I thought it was the perfect opportunity to discuss cooking with kids. Honestly it’s that has become near and dear to my heart too. I have always encouraged the kids to be in the kitchen, whether that...

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