Archive for August, 2011

Clementine Award Winning Easy Chapter Book Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom

Easy Chapter Book Series for Girls: Clementine

Clementine is the New Ramona Quimby

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

My oldest received the first book, Clementine, from her book club.  She liked it so much that we got the rest of this early chapter book series.  I noticed it won a Massachusetts Book Award in 2007.  Finally, the other day I found the books tucked away on a high bookshelf and read them and I can see why everyone loves them so much.  I’d describe them as Junie B. Jones in third grade…she’s nicer to her little brother now.  She still gets in trouble but her heart is as big as her imagination and she’s a lot of fun. Read more…

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Books for Kindergarten & 1st Grade

New Books for Kindergarten and First Grade

This is a great reading list of Caldecott picture books, early readers, non fiction and more from the Newton Free Library system. If you are part of the Minutemen library system, just click on link of book title to reserve.   Read more…

How To: Pay for College from Dr. Michele Borba

Saving for College Strategies

Dr. Michele Borba reached out to me and offered to be a guest author on How Families are Paying for College which gives excellent advice about paying for college.  One savings plan that she did not mention that I do for my kids is the 529B savings plan which allows the money that you save to grow in a tax advantaged way.  Here’s a link to a website on 529B College Savings Plans.  I personally use a financial planner for advice on this as there are many different 529B plans.  Financial planners are not cheap, but you can, with significant digging, find a qualified one that fits your budget.  The Motley Fool has some advice on How to Pick a Financial Planner that is quite good. Read more…

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Books for 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

New Books for Third Grade and Fourth Grade

These are the book recommended by my library. It skews a little young so you can use this for Going into 3rd grade if your child loves to read. This list is from my public library (Newton Free Library) and the books are newly published this year. Check to see if they are at your library. Read more…

Andy Rooney, Women over forty

Women Over 40 by Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes

Why Women Over 40 are Better than Younger Women

In case you missed it on ’60 Minutes’, this is what  Andy Rooney thinks about women over 40. 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…

Warning Bad Parent 9 Things You Shouldn't Say to Your Child Pragmatic Mom PragmaticMom best parenting advice

9 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Child

Things You Should Never Say to a Child

I found this great article on CNN.com and I’m afraid that while I don’t say all of these 9 things, the two I do say (#1 and #8), I say frequently.

So, as penance, I am posting on this to remind myself to stop it! If you need to know the rationale of why these 9 Things are no-nos, the full article is here and there is extensive explanation for each one. Actually, I say #9 too.  Read more…

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Backpack That Gives Back

Backpacks that Teach Charity to Kids

My friend Capability:Mom sent this to me because I had asked her about where to shop for a backpack. She is nice like that and not only keeps track of things like that but sends along helpful links. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Timeless Newbery-ish Chapter Books Set in Florida

Best Books for Kids Set in Florida

There’s a glamour to Florida set back in time that rivals Hollywood in California and maybe that is why these talented children’s book authors firmly set their books here. To be sure, some are from Florida and/or from the South and seem to know every nook and cranny of their small towns. But even more interesting are the characters they create; characters who have lived hard and stoic lives but never really told their stories to anyone, except now, in these books. Read more…