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Middle Children MOST Successful! Personality and Birth Order

Personality and Birth Order: the Middle Child

“… middle children are more likely than their siblings to be successful and enjoy strong social lives and flourishing careers.”

“… of all the U.S. Presidents since 1787, no fewer than 52 per cent were middle children.” Read more…

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Book Club for Boys: Navajo Code Talkers and Secret Code Scavenger Hunt

Secret Code Book Club for Boys

My seven-year-old son is in first grade but his closest friends are in second and third grades. It just worked out that way because he missed the cutoff so he’s among the older kids in his class. He can read but he needs help with chapter books and when this book club was formed, I was concerned about bridging the different reading levels. Read more…

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Math Facts Games for Kids

Math Games That Are Really Fun

Mid-year progress reports came out at my elementary school and all of a sudden, we realized that our kids need extra practice with math facts! Several of my Mom Friends emailed me so I thought I would share our plan of attack. The first thing to do is not to panic. Math facts are like practicing a sport or learning an instrument. Slow and steady wins the race. And, just like for your child’s sports or instrument, you don’t want to burn them it. THIS MUST BE FUN!
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Easy Playroom Organization

Tips to Organize Your Playroom

Please welcome my guest author and frequent contributor to PragmaticMom, Bonnie Dewkett CPO, of The Joyful Organizer. Her posts on organization are very popular. Please let me know what organization topics you’d like help with. Read more…
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Feb 14th is also International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day

Today is International Book Giving Day and the idea behind that is to give books to children to encourage them to read. Thank you to Delightful Children’s Books for alerting me to this event! Read more…

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Abraham Lincoln Top Hat Craft and Book for Kids

Abe Lincoln Craft and Book

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the Historic Museum in my town is doing a workshop for kids that combines reading a biography picture book with an art project. Unfortunately, we can’t attend the event that day because we are so over scheduled we will be watching The Road to Nowhere during that time. I’m kidding. The showing for The Road to Nowhere was actually last week in my local theater. Here’s the irony on that: you had to buy a ticket in advance and it sold out. I guess that is a way to screen out the slacker moms who shouldn’t be there anyway. Read more…

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How to Find the Right Auto Insurance Provider

How to Compare Auto Insurance Providers

When shopping for auto insurance, it can be tempting to quickly choose a provider based on a TV commercial or website pop-up ad. But if you take the time to shop around, you’ll find that auto insurance providers aren’t all the same. Here are the primary ways in which they differ, and what to look for when choosing an auto insurance provider. Read more…
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GoPro Camera (Valentine’s Gift Idea for Your Active Man!)

Video Camera for Those on the Go

The GoPro Camera is this tiny versatile camera that you can strap to yourself, your helmet or a metal pole to shoot underwater or while you are actively moving. It has a gyroscope so that the video shot is stable and focused even if you are in motion upside down (as in the skiing video below). It’s very cool and it turns out that my Mom Friend Shelby’s brother-in-law invented it with his friend to capture themselves in action while surfing. My husband is not an extreme sport participant but he still wants it. Read more…

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How To: Tell Your Child Needs Help in Math

Does Your Child Struggle with Math?

I found this at GoldStudent. They make online math worksheets:

Children can need help in math whether they are at grade level, working above their grade, or if they are struggling to keep up.  But few children will speak up and simply say help me in math! Instead, children react in many ways to math at school. They could be bored, frightened, they might lack motivation, they may need more drilling, or they may need more opportunities to take tests to reduce their stress or fears. Read more…