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The Thankful Book, 21 Days of Gratitude

Teaching Gratitude to Kids with Thanksgiving Books

I am thankful to be part of the 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge. It’s a great time to reflect and be thankful for the little things in life. This holiday season, we are thankful for books. They entertain us, teach us and take us new places. We are also thankful for our good health, electricity during Hurricane Sandy, our cozy bed and bedtime stories. (And that soccer season is over! That’s a selfish one for me and my husband!).

The Thankful Book, 21 Days of Gratitude



Thanksgiving Books for Kids and Being Thankful

Todd Parr has a natural talent for taking a subject that might be difficult to articulate to a child and making it a comfortable and colorful conversation. I remember when my oldest started Kindergarten and her classmate had two moms which prompted a multitude of questions. One of the moms, of the two mom family, suggested Todd Parr’s book It’s OK to Be Different. We bought a copy and found that it also spoke to us.

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Life in Afghanistan for Girls

Why We Need to Teach Our Kids About Afghanistan

It’s hard for me to imagine what it is like to grow up as a girl in Afghanistan. For my daughters, life there is unimaginably different from their own experience growing up in a suburb of Boston.  Girls not allowed to attend school? Yes, my daughters, that still exists in the world.

Under Taliban rule, fewer than 50,000 girls attended school in Afghanistan. Today, 3.2 million attend.

But not without a price…

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Charities for Kids to Support

Teaching Kids About Charities

Thank you to my reader Ali who asked me to post on charities that kids can support. These non-profits below have touched me. If you have your children working on personal finance with a system to Spend, Save and Donate, perhaps some of these organizations will be lucky recipients. Read more…

2nd grade hopes and dreams, PragmaticMom

My Son’s Hopes and Dreams for 2nd Grade

Awkward Pencil Grip and What to Do?

My son’s 2nd grade hopes and dreams are poignant to me. We think his handwriting is excessively neat but clearly he’s worried about it because he created this for Parent Curriculum Night at school. Read more…

Tyson Project A+, Tyson Project A Plus, easy fundraising ideas for schools

Easy Fundraising for Schools Using Tyson’s Project A+ Labels

Effortless School Fundraising Idea

I just learned about Tyson’s Project A+ fundraising idea. You simply collect labels from participating Tyson® products from your grocer freezer’s section and give them to your school. The labels can be redeemed for cash to be spent however and wherever your school needs it. Examples include sponsoring programs and clubs or purchasing supplies and equipment.Each label is worth 24¢ (minimum 100 labels). Read more…

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Gift Guide: Best Blocks for Creative Play

Best Blocks for Kids

I am partial to these plain heavy-duty wooden blocks from Community Playthings that look like the Amish made them. Our Coop preschool had many, many sets of them in each classroom and the kids had endless fun with them. Come to think of it, I think every preschool we attended had some version of these blocks; they seem like they’d last forever. Read more…

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Hurricane Sandy Boston

Hurricane Sandy Near Boston

Compared to last year when we lost power for four and a half days (and it was below 50 degrees) exactly a year ago! I remember that we had to trick or treat in the dark using the flashlight app on our phones because our entire neighborhood had no power. We got off easy for Hurricane Sandy. Perhaps most of the trees with dead limbs or loose roots have been downed from the last storm when a tornado touched down in Worchester about 45 minutes away. Read more…

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Car Seat Safety

How to Properly Install a Car Seat

Here are two links to make sure that your most precious cargo of all is safe. Read more…

Blue Bridge Project,Elizabeth Leonard

Why Volunteering Abroad as a Teen is Crucial

International Student Volunteer Opportunities

Please welcome my guest author, Elizabeth Leonard, founder of Blue Bridge Project. Her organization helps high school students get placed in international hands-on service projects to help them with future endeavors like getting into the college of their dreams.  Read more…