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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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Praise the Positive

Last week I gave you an example of someone who was amazing at maintaining their composure during a child’s acting out for negative attention. I mentioned that many times, it is advisable to ignore the negative behavior if it is intentionally attention seeking. Although, I also added that the child must be safe, so if […]

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Maintaining Composure

I wanted to share a story of what I consider to be an amazing ability of maintaining composure… I was a substitute in a special needs Pre-K class. They have “quiet time” when we hope the children will sleep. A few of them like to use this time to act up, until their behavior becomes […]

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Chasing the sunset

Our seven year old granddaughter is visiting us for the weekend. Last night, when I went outside to water my vegetable plants, I saw that the sky was becoming a pretty pink. I rushed back into the house to tell Rory to get her shoes on; we were going in the car to see the […]

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To hit a child

If your child were misbehaving in class, is it okay for the teacher to hit your child? If your child’s friend were misbehaving at your house, is it okay for you to hit them? I’m guessing most people answered “No” to those two questions. If it’s not okay for someone to hit your child, and […]

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