Kids + Calves = Background Knowledge

Recently, after reading a book that had characters living on farms and ranches, I had 2 students ask me a couple of questions that really got me thinking about an area of education that our kids are missing. 1. Are there still farms today? 2. Do people really live on ranches? Just this week, we…

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Kids + Fundraisers = Stress


We’re only going to do one fundraiser this year, so everyone needs to participate and sell. And your kids will get some great prizes for participating. OK – sounds good. Then the reality of the situation hits. My daughter hits up everyone to buy chocolates, cheesecakes, or cookie dough. Most of them reluctantly buy 1-2…

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Kids + Christmas = Tradition


We always have all these wonderful visions of how we want our family at Christmas time. But quite often, it is totally disrupted by the reality of the Season. It becomes a busy and tiring time while worrying about having the perfect tree with the perfect gifts. During all of this, our kids are driving…

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Kids + Conversations = Language Development


Conversations with your kids will help them and you. They need to know how to express themselves. Many parents don’t know how to talk with their child outside of giving commands and reprimands. It’s very important that they learn to talk and have discussions.  Figuring out how to have discussions that are true back and…

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Kids + 10 Minutes = Chores

Do you know how long it REALLY takes me to wash a sink full of dishes?  About 10 minutes. It’s one of those chores that I don’t like to do and I put it off. But it has to be done, so I put it off until bedtime. It doesn’t take that long, but I still…

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Kids + Polite Words = Manners

Teaching your kids proper responses will go a long way towards how they are perceived by others. A kid that says, “Yes, Ma’am” and “Thank You” will always be held in higher esteem by others. Politeness and manners are the stepping stones to success.  Here’s the good news, manners and using polite words can be…

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Kids + Schedule = Time Management

We all have a daily schedule, whether it’s written down or not. Helping your children learn to create a schedule and follow it, will give them a skill to make life a lot easier.   Family communication – In the morning, talk about what needs to be done today and what extra things are occurring…

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Kids + Words = Problem Solving

If you spend any time around a class of preschoolers, you will inevitably hear someone screaming and throwing a fit. We can look to preschool teachers for help with this overwhelming parenting issue. One great technique they apply is “use your words.” I tend to say, “Use words”, but that’s my own personal preference. “Use…

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Kids + Grocery Shopping = Learning Time

    Grocery shopping is my most dreaded chore.  No matter how organized I think I am, it always seems to take too much time. I have tried making a weekly list and going once a week for everything. I have tried going daily to get what I need just for each day. It just…

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Kids + Technology = Balancing Act


    Technology can take over our lives. I’m right there with the rest of the world, checking my phone or computer constantly.  Trying to find a life-balance with our technology can be difficult. Trying to monitor that balance for our kids can be even more difficult.       Make the trips around town a No…

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