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3 lessons my garden taught me about parenting

We have a garden in our back yard. Things grow very well in it. Unfortunately, not food. The strawberries we produced were eaten by rabbits before we got to them. Most of our rhubarb went unharvested. The only things that thrived were dandelions, and some nettle. I’m sowing strawberries, but I’m reaping weeds. It isn’t a matter of…

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On being a super hero

For Father’s Day, my husband received a key chain inscribed with “Dad-a daughter’s first love and a son’s first hero.” That reality became clear this week when my son came home with a second grade homework assignment to write about a hero of his.  He told me he was trying to decide between New York…

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The push-over parent

Dr. Dan Kindlon, child psychologist and author observes,  “Many parents today identify with being young and have trouble assuming the mantle of authority.” Dr. Kindlon is referring to parents who have abdicated the throne.  More accurately stated, these parents have given authority to their children. Kids are consulted about…

Buckle ’em up!

If you have made it a rule in your vehicle that no one goes anywhere until seat belts are buckled, you may have noticed that your kids actually feel uncomfortable if they’re unbuckled. But while parents have been increasingly diligent about securing their children in car seats, a new report referenced in an online story at today.com…

Liz Curtis Higgs

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Talking with your kids about their day

You probably know what it’s like. Your child comes home from school, tosses their backpack in the hall and mumbles a “Hi”. You ask how their day was and they say “fine” and that’s pretty much your conversation. It doesn’t have to be like that. iMom.com has 18 after school conversation…

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Risk vs. caution

I have two daughters, and while they’re similar in a lot of ways, they’re also very different. This is really evident in how they approach physical activity. My older daughter, Bekah, tends to be pretty cautious. When she got her first bike recently and it didn’t have training wheels, she barely wanted to be on…

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Parenting tips for the school year

With the school year in full swing, your kids are out of the break of summer and into the stress and challenges of school life.  If you’re looking for ways to help your kids tackle life at school, I found two articles you can check out. The first is from CNN about how to help your kids handle bullying at school.  The second from…

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We have a garden in our back yard. Things grow very well in it. Unfortunately, not food. The strawberries we produced were eaten by rabbits before we got to them. Most of our rhubarb went unharvested. The only things that thrived were dandelions, and some nettle. I’m sowing strawberries, but I’m reaping weeds. It isn’t a matter of…

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