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Top Ten Children’s Books for Ages 2-5

The research is clear. Reading aloud to children is one of the single most important things a parent can do to encourage language development and build a solid foundation for success in school and beyond. Not only that, but regularly reading to young children literally changes their brains, causing more activity in the areas of […]

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Because It’s All About That Pan.

Tonight I’m making enchiladas. One of our favorite meals. It’s simple, and yummy, and we can eat the leftovers for days because let’s face it, our small children prefer a cheese quesadilla from the microwave and therefore the entire pan is left for my husband and I.  But tonight, I’m making two pans.  One will […]

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Sweet and Simple Mother’s Day Craft

As a kindergarten teacher, I have done countless craft and paint projects with my students as gifts for their parents that involved handprints, fingerprints, tearing paper, tracing, cutting, and so many other things.  Some of them have been easy and cute, while others have involved multiple steps across several different days. They always have turned […]

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The Last “Magical” Christmas?

This might be my last “magical” Christmas. What I mean is, my daughter is 8. She believes in the magic. The glorious, maddening, exhausting magic of Santa and reindeers and that annoying little “Elf on the Shelf.” She has the light in her eyes and excitement in her voice. She’s “in it.” I mean REALLY […]

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Be Selfish. Be Kind.

It’s that time of the year when Facebook new feeds are flooded with ’30 Days of Thanks’ countdowns, people announcing their RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness), and viral stories of strangers making a difference in the lives of others. Like clockwork, every year as the holiday season begins, we are naturally reminded of what we […]

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To Switch or Not to Switch?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock without Pinterest, you’ve seen the “Switch Witch” and other suggested fun ways to get rid of your child’s Halloween candy after trick-or-treating. The idea is that kids do not need all that junk for more than one night and that those treat bags are filled with highly-processed treats […]

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Raising little book lovers! This is my big girl (age 5) reading a story to my little girl (age 2).

7 Books to Add to Your Kids’ Book Collection

I love children’s books. Discovering that has been one of the fun, unexpected pleasures of being a mom for me. I had no idea how much I would enjoy books for the under-five set. But, even if they’re good ones, there are some books that I just can’t read One. More. Time. My son’s babysitter […]

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