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Starting School with a Splash

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The beginning of a new school year can be a stressful time for kids and parents alike. That’s where bit of play can come in handy—it helps everyone blow off steam. Hop on over to Goldfish Smiles for a memorable way to make after school time or weekend break special.

after school or weekend water balloon fight

Our school year starts in August, meaning it’s still hot, hot, hot. So at the beginning of the year, I like to surprise the kids with an after-school water balloon fight—an active way to unleash some of the stress they experience at school. [click here to continue reading]

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The Grandparent Connection

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Grandparents! We love ‘em. But growing up I only saw my grandparents once (maybe twice) a year. My kids, on the other hand? Totally different story. This post is an introduction to a piece I wrote for Goldfish Smiles where I share 5 ways you can help nurture the grandparent connection.

5 ways to help kids and grandparents connect

“My kids love their grandparents. And I have to hand it to our parents, they have done a great job bonding with our kids… heck, I’d like to be our parents’ grandkid sometimes.” [click here for the full article]

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Summer Break

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Helloooo summer break! Are your kids out of school yet? I spoke with a friend the other day whose kids still have a few days left. Crazy! This post is an introduction to a piece I wrote for Goldfish Smiles about a little way we welcome the summer break. Hope you enjoy it!

summer banner to start the season

Our summer traditions start the moment the kids step off the bus on the last day of school. Right before they get home, I string a banner, reading SUMMER!, across the door for them to run through. It’s like crossing the finish line. The kids love it! [click here for the full article]

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Getting Up to Speed

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Is there anything more quintessentially “kid” than riding a bike? My kids waited all winter to get their bikes out. And you better believe, at the first sign of spring they were to ready to roll. Before they could, the bikes needed a tune up. This post is an introduction to a piece I wrote for Goldfish Smiles about getting your kids’ bikes up to speed.

bike maintenance

Bike riding is a great way for our family to be active, but doesn’t require spending on uniforms or sport associations. Plus, I love scooting along with my kids…I thought it’d be a good time to go over some general maintenance to get the kids’ bikes up to speed.[click here for the full article]

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Resolve Conflicts with Friends

Monday, April 15th, 2013

While it’s totally normal for our kids to squabble with their friends, it’s still tough to watch. As parents, what can we do? Let them work it out on their own? Jump in? This post is an introduction to a piece I wrote for Goldfish Smiles about 5 ways I help my kids deal with friendships that sour. Click on over, I’d love for you to share your tips and experiences too. 

tips for helping your kids deal with friendship conflicts

“While many of my kids’ squabbles with their friends are easily resolved, there are times when I’ve had to step in…My goal is to help my kids develop independent social skills that’ll stay with them throughout the years ahead. Here are five things I do…” [click here to continue reading]

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Bust a Move: Dance With Your Kids

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

My kids might not look like me, but I did pass along something that unquestionably came from me. This post is an introduction to a piece I recently penned for Goldfish Smiles about family traits. I’d love for you to click on over and tell me what you’ve passed along to your kids. 

bust a move and dance with your kids

If there’s one thing I’ve given my kids, it’s my dance moves. Actually, that’s not entirely true—they came up with their own dance moves. And I suppose their father gave them his ear for music. So maybe it’s that I’ve given them my silliness. Whatever it is I gave them, it makes me happy.
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Parenting in the Internet Age

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Parenting in the age of the Internet opens a whole can of worms previous generations never imagined. It’s new world parenting with new world challenges. This post is an introduction to one I recently penned for Goldfish Smiles discussing some of those challenges. I’d love to have you share your thoughts. I’ll see you there! 

parenting-in-the-age-of-the-internet

As a blogger, I’m aware of the power of technology to connect people and ideas. It’s an incredible thing. But how will it affect my kids? We’re in a brave new world of parenting: Parenting in the age of the Internet. [continue reading]

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Teaching Kids About Charity

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The importance of charity can be a difficult concept for kids to grasp. But even though it’s big, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can start by keeping it simple and focus on ‘showing’ rather than ‘saying’. Learn more ways Dave and I are encouraging our kids’ charitable natures over on Pepperidge Farm’s family site, Goldfish Smiles. So click on over. I’ll see you there! 

unicef-classic-play

“When it comes down to it, charity and giving are at their core, about community. Showing kids that your community is invested in helping others is a powerful thing.” [continue reading]

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