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  • Prevent the Home/School Disconnect
    on May 3, 2010
    My husband and I walked into our second grade son's parent/teacher conference expecting to hear nothing but good things. The papers coming home looked good. The spelling tests were refrigerator worthy. Our son loves school, loves to learn and has, of...
  • Not Just Spirited: One Mom's Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Chynna LairdI've been trying to figure out what to say about Not Just Spirited by Chynna Laird. I read it a few months ago, and I had trouble putting it down. It's a VERY personal look into the life of a family with a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder. I...
  • Exercise - the new Valium...My two boys (Kent, 12 and Cam, 7) tend to be high energy kids. If they can't get outside, they start to act up. Too much energy, not enough physical activity.My stepson (Kodey, 18) has signed up with the Marines. He has to finish his Senior year, but...
  • Worth Its Salt (How Cam became a speller)
    on Nov 24, 2009 in spelling school salt
    Our second grader had been having a really hard time learning his spelling words this year. He didn't want to practice them, and even when he did write them, they just weren't sticking with him.At parent/teacher conference time, his teacher suggested...
  • Cozy CalmMy youngest son has not slept through the night consistently since he was born. He's gotten better in the last few years, but there are still 3 nights out of 7 when he wakes in the night - usually due to bad dreams.So, when my friend, Eileen, offered...
  • Sticker shock, anyone??
    on Oct 19, 2009 in kids costs insurance health family
    Having raised two children to legal adults and still in the process of raising two more, I am well and goodly acquainted with the image of a sick child on the couch, puke bucket within easy reach and keeping one ear cocked in the dead of night for th...
  • Halloween Costumes... on the cheap
    on Oct 6, 2009 in kids frugal Halloween costumes
    Halloween is just around the corner. With the economy the way it is, and money being tight for just about everyone, I thought some frugal costume ideas might be in order. You don't have to spend a lot of money for your kids to have cool costumes, but...
  • Back to school prep
    on Sep 1, 2009 in school family
    My boys start school September 8th, so this is the week for back-to-school preparations. Orientations, making sure all school supplies are present and accounted for, sorting out clothes, buying new socks and such. I've already misplaced a box of "fat...
  • When a child goes missing...Last week, one of my youngest son's friends (8 years old) went missing. Her grandmother had no idea where she was and hadn't seen her in hours. A police officer showed up on our street to ask if anyone had seen her, and what time.All of the parents o...
  • Boys and (dis)Organization
    on May 6, 2009 in school family
    I'm so proud of my middle school son! He handed me his mid-term report today and he's doing SUPER well. That was not the case eight weeks ago. What changed?Kent has always had a hard time with organization. It's not necessarily a skill people are bor...
  • Spring in Minnesota
    on May 4, 2009 in fun health family
    My husband and two youngest boys went hiking at the nearby State Park yesterday evening. They had a great time, but both boys came home with a tick attached. My 7 year old was actually bitten, the 12 year old had one burrowed into his sock.The two...
  • So this is Christmas...
    on Dec 25, 2008
    My husband and stepson should be arriving at Grandpa's place at any moment, to drop off goodies for dinner and visit for a little bit. They'll be home in an hour or so.Meantime, our 6 year old (darn close to 7, as his birthday is December 30) is cra...
  • Too Funny!
    on Dec 8, 2008 in dancing fun humor music family children
    My six year old son loves music and dancing. Now that the weather isn't conducive to playing outside in the evening, he's been dancing for an hour or so before bed. Last night, my husband headed upstairs to tell him to shut the music down and get rea...
  • Messed Up Mashed Potato Soup
    on Nov 24, 2008 in fun health family food
    Last week I made a venison roast for dinner. And, I wanted real homemade mashed potatoes to go with it. I peeled three pounds of "B" size reds, put them in a pan and boiled them until they were soft enough to mash. My step-son wanted to help, so I...
  • The Pantry Is Bare...
    on Nov 12, 2008 in health family food
    ...of pre-processed foods that is.My 11 year old son (and I) have a terrible adverse reaction to MSG - mono sodium glutemate. Within hours of ingesting it, we both experience excruciating migraine headaches, vomiting and then the need to sleep for h...
  • Happy Halloween and a pumpkin carving tip
    on Oct 31, 2008 in fun family holidays
    First off, Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe. We'll be having a quick dinner and then heading out to Trick or Treat. My youngest is going as Darth Vader, and my older son is dressing as a deer hunter.Now, if you're like my neighbor, you LOVE Hall...
  • His poor little hands
    on Oct 30, 2008 in health children
    My youngest son really suffers when the weather turns cold. He has fine Irish skin, like a porcelain doll, but his knuckles dry out and crack every single winter. We use Vaseline on them, mostly because it doesn't sting. Vaseline isn't the best th...
  • Family First
    on Oct 30, 2008 in family children home
    There are a ton of "mom-blogs" in the blogosphere, but there have been many things happening that I'd like to share about my family and my life. I blog about writing and books at Virtual Wordsmith, if you'd like to check that out, as well.I'll be wr...
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