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The 6 Best Audiobooks for a Road Trip By Karen Campbell McGinn

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 The 6 Best Audiobooks for Your Family Road Trip

By Karen Campbell McGinn

Family road trips are an essential part of the summer. The open highway, picnics, and curated playlists are most parents’ favorite things. Car sing-a-longs, license plate Bingo, DVDs and ‘I Spy” are a few ways to make a long journey tolerable; but sometimes it’s necessary to do something different and put on a good audiobook.

Grit By Jennifer Eckfield

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by Jennifer Eckfield

Grit: Courage and resolve; strength of character.

Words are powerful. I love some, more than others; grit being one of them. I was often told by my mother that I was difficult, stubborn, and (her favorite) impossible. To her I was, but all of those adjectives she used to describe me have served me well in my life: head-strong, passionate, mission-driven, tenacious, stead-fast.

I had trouble as a child in elementary school. I was bossy (leader), a tom-boy (athletic), and popular (charming). No matter what age, pack-mentality exists. It only took one girlfriend to decide that I was the enemy and the next day I woke up and had no friends. From that day forward I was taunted and harassed. That year and the next were very hard.

Raising Your Child to be a Reader By Karen Campbell McGinn

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by Karen Campbell McGinn

“How can I help my kid become a reader?” This is a question I hear from the parents of every child I tutor. These concerned parents want their kids to become lifelong readers, but they just don’t know how. I reassure them that the reading battle is not lost; we just need to formulate our strategy so we can win the reading war.

5 Tips to Get Better at Understanding People By Kerry Alison Wekelo

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By Kerry Alison Wekelo

Understanding takes form in all of our relationships. I have been through a divorce and was very focused on being friends with my ex- husband. As a result, we are now very close and a great team for our kids. Professionally, I am in Human Resources and teach yoga, so I deal with different personalities. I have learned that, by taking a little time to understand a situation rather than reacting right away, we can add much peace to all our relationships.

I'm Going to Disney Melissa Weis

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By Melissa Weis

Summer will be here before you know it – have you made your plans? As a teacher who is oh-so-very-busy during the school year, I like to make each moment count. Down time is important, but so is taking time to explore our world and reconnect as a family.

Know Your Audience By Jennifer Eckfield

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by Jennifer Eckfield

Today I had a mom come to me with a concern regarding her son and another child. The situation is harmless but she is worried her child will act out, not knowing any better.  Going back to the conversation of "too soon", we talked about how to teach your kids tolerance; tolerance for those that have super powers, especially at such a young age?

Does My Child Need a Tutor? By Karen Campbell McGinn

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by Karen Campbell McGinn

One of your kids is sinking fast in a jumble of elementary reading rules. The other one is getting lost in a haze of the details of an AP biology class. Progress reports are not looking good. You feel you need help quickly before they fall hopelessly behind their peers. But you’re not sure what to do or who to turn to.

Exploring the Great Outdoors with your Children By Karen Campbell McGinn

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by Karen Campbell McGinn

Children are natural explorers. They use all their senses when they’re involved in searching for buried treasure, unusual rocks and creepy critters. They look, listen and touch to determine what is happening around them. They smell the fresh scents of nature, touch what they can reach and taste when given permission. They can climb, dig, run and jump as they discover new places.

Helping Sibling Rivarly By Kerry Alison Wekelo

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By Kerry Alison Wekelo

Raising mindful, loving, and kind children is a parent’s wish. A day in the life of parents is one of selflessness in which our kids come first. We strive to be patient as they bicker, fight, question our requests, and negotiate chores. Parenthood is much harder than I ever imagined even being a spiritual and mostly grounded individual.

13 Topics for Summer Weeks 5 - 8 By Jenny Kusters

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Having a "Middle of the Summer Activity Crisis"? We got you covered.  Use our Summer Fun Guide to help maintain your sainity and keep the kids active and engaged all summer long.

Week 5: Science

  • Talk about the planets and stars.
  • Create a theory: Try to prove it right or wrong. (What floats? What falls fastest?). Talk about Why? Ask each other lots of Why questions this week and try to come up with answers.

13 Topics for Summer Weeks 1 - 4 By Jenny Kusters

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by Jenny Kusters, Blogger for "Habitat at Home" 

In the summer, I am with my children 24/7 as the stay-at-home parent, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. As we know, camp is very expensive. But the kids are still little and you need something to do. So to save money, let's bring elements of camp to the home.

Middle of the Night Date By Jennifer Eckfield

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by Jennifer Eckfield

Last weekend my son Jack asked if I would go to Starbucks early Saturday (1 of 2 of the only "sleep in" days for us) morning to have breakfast, peruse through Google, pick out toys and games, and make his list for Santa. Everyday since, he has reminded me of our date. I won't lie, I was thrilled and excited for our time together. It was so important to him, but it was doubly important to me! It's not often your son asks you out on a date.