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Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know (And I Don’t Want to Know Either)

Dog Book Misses Mark for Middle Grade Kids

Dear Human,

Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand. Read more…

Personal Finance For Kids with Save/Spend/Donate

Teaching Kids About Money

It’s great that schools are now emphasizing the need to teach financial literacy in the classroom but the issue is training teachers. The problem is that most adults don’t understand the basics of financial investing, yet they overestimate their knowledge. Here’s a way to test your financial investment acumen from The Wall Street Journal: Read more…

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Friday Find: LapFit Snack and Homework Tray GIVEAWAY

On-the-Go Car Tray for Snack and Homework

Designed by dad with 4 on the go kids, LapFit is a set of two stacking trays that keep your kids organized and tidy in the car. The lower tray of the LapFit Todder, is designed for eating in the car. I know, I know … some of you hate kids eating in the car because it’s so messy. But when life moves fast, and you either must feed your child in the car or suffer a meltdown(theirs) and/or migraine(yours as a result of meltdown), you might find the LapFit handy. Read more…

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Why It Hurts to Use Hertz

Worst Car Rental Company

We had just arrived in Honolulu after a long but uneventful flight. Leg 1: Boston to San Francisco 6 hours with only a quick stopover for a meal. San Francisco to Honolulu: another 6 hours. Our luggage arrived safely with us so there was only the rental car to pick up then a half hour drive to the house we were staying at in Hawaii Kai. Smooth sailing, right? Read more…

How To: Learn 100,000 Words by 8th Grade

Learn SAT Vocabulary

100,000 vocabulary words seems like an impossible number to master by 8th grade! I found this article to figure out the science behind how kids actually learn that many words (and just in time for the SAT test!). Read more…

Online Book Fair Fundraiser for Schools and Sports Teams

Online Book Fairs as Fundraiser

My kids and I love school book fairs! They love getting new books and insist on going early to school to reserve the books they want before they all disappear. I love that they will read these new acquisitions immediately and with great enthusiasm. It’s fun, also, to see the books they choose that I don’t even think of for them. Joke books. Non-fiction. Graphic novels. Pokémon handbooks. Read more…

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The Presidential Game: Everyone Can Be President

Games for Kids About Presidential Election

My 7-year-old son likes board games so he makes me play them with him as his sisters will generally not play board games with or without him. With the upcoming presidential election, I thought it might be a good way to explain our United States slightly convoluted election process to him. Read more…

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Other Ways to Fall in Love with Elephants

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Books for Kids

Another email from my nearly 90-year-old mom with this video of a baby elephant taking a mud bath. That she’s on YouTube is amazing! I’m posting a bunch of her emails; the pollination video was from her. Read more…

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Top 10 Reasons Why Dogs Are Easier Than Kids

Dogs versus Kids?

It was an easy week for me last week. My two older girls were at sleep away camp so we just had our rising 2nd grade son. The house was quiet and he reveled at being an only child. I still had dog walking duties and they are not insignificant. My dog, now 2 years old, needs a 3 mile off leash hike daily. Still, as I reflected on dog vs kids, I dashed off this tongue-in-cheek list of why dogs are easier –some would even say better but I certainly wouldn’t! — list of why dogs ARE easier than kids! Read more…