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Behaving Badly

I have been working, quite a bit, with children who can behave badly at the drop of a hat. Perhaps, at first glance, one might think they were in need of discipline, or perhaps they tend to be spoiled brats having tantrums. Yes, I’ll admit… for some, the first impression might be accurate, but upon […]

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Let’s Celebrate Reading!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It is also celebrated as Read Across America Day in many of our schools. I must admit, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” was one of the first books our boys learned to read. It was a fun rhyming book, and not too difficult (after it had […]

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Have fun with your kids

It snowed here Wednesday. For some of you, your reaction might be, “Yeah, so what.” For others, you might think, “Yippee!” Still more of you might be basking in the warm sunshine and swimming in a pool. I know my readers are from all over the world, so I have no clue what your weather […]

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I’m worn out

I’m too young to be this worn out! Now I know why we have our children when we are younger. The energy children have is exhausting. I substitute in elementary special education classes, and love it, but I get to rest and get my other work done when I get home. This weekend our youngest […]

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Thankful for good brakes

We were recently at a local favorite ice cream shop in Newport, Vermont. It is located on the main street of town, on the corner of a parking lot. The seating for the customers in in a section of the parking lot. To get to it, you have to cross the entrance area into the […]

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Leaving The Nest

I witnessed the coolest thing this morning! A baby house finch bird apparently had just flown from its nest and wasn’t quite sure what to do next. I spotted it on our fence and decided to see if I could get some decent photos of it trying to fly. I didn’t, because it didn’t. I […]

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Falsely Accused

Well, perhaps “falsely accused” isn’t the best description of what happened. It’s more like “unjustly reprimanded,” but who would read a blog with that title? It does fall under the same category though. Here’s what happened… I was in the car, in line, at a light that had turned green. The humongous truck in front […]

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Engaging kids in conversation

Yes, today is inauguration day and… this blog has absolutely nothing to do with politics. This week I want to encourage parents (and grandparents) to engage in meaningful conversation with your children. Your probably wondering what I’m talking about. You talk to your kids on a daily basis. • Time to get up • Hurry, […]

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Grandchildren Interruptions

I have always said that, to me, it’s “family first.” Which means I will miss work if my family needs me, I will skip housework/chores if time with my family presents itself, and I will find a fill in for a prior commitment if my family comes to visit. Since last Friday, our oldest granddaughter […]

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Free activities with kids

I recently saw this picture on Facebook… … and I almost responded to the person who posted it. Then it occurred to me that many people might be thinking the same thing, so I thought I’d blog about it. I will be the first to admit that doing fun things with the kids can get […]

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