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My Top 10 Lists That Are Not Booklists

Top 10 Lists of Useful Stuff for Moms

I am guilty of creating an excessive amount of Top 10 Lists but I thought I made mostly esoteric KidLit lists. This thought made me research my Top 10 Lists that were not book related. And here they are… Read more…

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Top 10: Best Fun & Educational Board Games

Best Educational Board Games for Kids

First of all, I want to confess that I am not a board game person. I do occasionally get forced into playing board games with my kids so I am familiar with some of these games but it’s always a balancing act to play with them as I am asked to modulate my play: “Play hard against me, mom, but not too hard. You’re playing too easy against me.” And my youngest freaks out if he loses so I always have to keep that into consideration. Should I let him win to keep him from throwing a nutty? Or is it good to teach him to lose gracefully? Is he even capable of losing gracefully? Is this a lesson best learned on the soccer field? This is not fun for me. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Family Movies with Meaning

Best Movies with Meaning for Kids

I have this mom friend that I really admire.  She does everything with such grace, generosity, and thoughtfulness and she makes really difficult things look easy.   Read more…

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Top 10: Fundraising Tips for Your School’s Auction

Fundraising Tips for School Auctions

Originally posted on VolunteerSpot.com. VolunteerSpot.com‘s free online sign up sheets save time, eliminate reply-all email, and make it easy for more parents to get involved at school. Please check out VolunteerSpot.com! What an easy time-saving (and free) way to coordinate volunteers at school and get more parents involved! Read more…
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Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Unique Baby Shower Present Ideas

I am partial to coordinating a group present and buying one big-ticket item for expectant parents. It’s not easy to pull off but I remember how daunting and expensive it was to get ready for a new baby. This is not to say that I am not buying cute outfits with matching socks and hats — this is my only chance to buy those these days and it’s so much fun to pick it out! But if I think back on what I really needed; items that are impactful, special, unusual, and thoughtful, this would be my secret fantasy list of what I would want. Read more…

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10 Things Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents

What Teachers Really Want to Say to Parents

My husband sent me this great article from CNN. It saddens me that teachers are bearing the brunt of negativity that bears resemblance to a Salem Witch Hunt because the U.S. education system is failing in the inner city. It’s not the teacher’s fault; the roots for the demise lay in No Child Left Behind but I digress. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Children’s Birthday Party Ideas

Most Popular Birthday Parties for Kids

I am in the throes of planning my son’s 7th birthday party And he took too long to decide so I wasn’t able to book the trampoline party on the day he wanted and at an acceptable time when the parents wouldn’t kill me for. The Sunday night slot from 5 to 7:30 pm was not going to be popular with the parents! So, he opted for the video/laser tag party which, luckily, was free. Now I just have to procure a Sonic the Hedgehog birthday cake. Read more…

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10 Things Autistic Children Wish You Knew

Ten Things You Should Know about Autism

I found this great summary by Autumn Rain Creations who summarized a book by Ellen Notbohm called Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew and I just shortened her summary.  But do go to her blog if you want more details.  Or check out the book at the library. Read more…

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Top 5: Similarities between The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin) and Tiger Mom (Amy Chua)

Happiness Project versus Tiger Mom

Seriously, I know that these books are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but hear me out. They both ultimately seek the same thing; they just go at it (hard!) in very different ways. Amy ‘s parenting style is based on  fear but her happiness derives from her children’s accomplishments. Gretchen’s parenting style is based on harmony and her happiness is a choice that she consciously makes for herself. She believes that  her children’s happiness is a derivative product of her own happiness. Read more…