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Community Service Projects for Kids – Care Packages for the Homeless

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

community service ideas for tweens

Community service projects are a wonderful way for kids to feel involved, helpful, and be a valuable member of society. It also introduces the idea of incorporating service as a part their daily lives, not just for a particular time of year, but all year round.

This year, my son’s fifth grade class is encouraged to explore community service opportunities in their city. They need to complete a minimum of 4 hours and each month a team of parents offers families suggestions for different activities.

Here’s a sample of what some of our tweens have participated in so far: (more…)

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The “Perfection” Problem

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

the perfection problem

When I tally up the years, I realize I’ve been at parenting thing for some time now. Not long enough to have any true sage advice, because I can’t tell you how my kids turn out yet. In a few years, it could turn out I’ve done everything wrong.

But I have been parenting long enough to see some of the same conversations, topics, and tropes come up again and again, as if they’re stuck on a loop. There’s the this type of parent is ruining future generations articles, the this type of parent is the best for future generations pieces, the pro vs anti vaccination horror stories, the pink stinks/pink is empowering debate, and on and on.  But there is one parenting opinion piece that makes me clench my butt the tightest—the story of “perfection” mom.  (more…)

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Family | From Five to Six

Monday, November 17th, 2014

family - thoughts on going from five to six

Families, they come in all shapes and sizes. In a continued celebration of family life, I asked my friend Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots to share her thoughts on having a larger family…

What was the transition like going from a family five to six? (more…)

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Parenting and Identity

Friday, November 14th, 2014

parenting and identity

I’m going to say something I find myself saying a lot lately: the week has gone by so fast! I don’t know if it’s a function of the seasons changing, a new school year (I’ve found the years RACE by once kids are in school all day), hormones, or age, but I feel bouts of nostalgia kicking in. (more…)

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Kids Say

Thursday, November 13th, 2014


One of my favorite things about parenting is hearing the quirky, insightful, hilarious, wise-beyond-their-years things that come out of the kids’ mouths. Over the years, I’ve caught little snippets of conversations and jotted them down for posterity.

I asked some friends for funny things their kids have said and combined them with a few from my journal. Here are my some of my favorites… (more…)

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Family | From Two to Three

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


The holidays are a time when our thoughts turn to family, so I asked some friends to swing by and chat about theirs. Today I asked my friend Trish, who is one of the most amazing parents I’ve ever met, to share the story of how she and her husband went from a family of two, to a family of three.

How did your son come into your life? (more…)

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Thanksgiving | Super Sleuth Children’s Table

Monday, November 10th, 2014

thanksgiving table activity for kids to learn about their family history

Do you guys do children’s tables for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of them. The challenge though, at least in my mind, is making sure kids still mingle with the rest of the family. So, I created a quick and easy activity to get kids chatting and learning about their family history by employing them as super sleuths. All you need is some strips of paper, a bit of tape, and a pen or pencil.

You can catch the whole post over on PBS Parents. I’m hoping will add some fun to your family holiday festivities.

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The Tween Years | Twelfth Birthday Party

Monday, October 20th, 2014

tween birthday party

Over the years, I’ve thrown a lot of birthday parties—twenty as a matter of fact. TWENTY! We’ve come a long way from the garden party I threw Ellie for her first. I remember cutting out an unreasonable amount of little flower shapes out of card stock. My hand was cramped for days. A picture of our daughter was glued into the middle of each and then affixed to a large cut out garden attached to the wall. (more…)

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