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Top 10: Strong and Capable Princess Books for Girls (ages 2-16)

Best Non-Wimpy Princess Books for Girls

My two oldest children are girls and they went through that rite of passage:  Disney Princess.  We had Disney princess dress up clothes, Disney princess tea sets, Disney princess books — you name it, we had it.  My husband joked that the person at Disney who thought up combining the Princesses better be running the company by now (or at least, highly compensated) for the stroke of genius. Read more…

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Best Drawing Apps for Kids (ages 2-14)

Best Apps for Drawing That Kids Love

I didn’t have an iPad when my kids were in preschool so we completely missed this phase. My youngest had access to my iPhone and he played with the Grinch camera and made us and all his preschool friends into Grinch-like creatures after snapping their photo with my phone. Had I known that it was a precious moment in time, never to be duplicated, I would have saved those faces and emailed them to their moms if I were totally together. Read more…

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Easy 3rd Grade Book Club: Penderwicks at Point Mouette

Fun and Easy Outdoor 3rd Grade Book Club for Kids

We did a really fun book club using the third chapter book in the Newbery winner Penderwicks series. The only trick is to get the weather to cooperate. It was so easy: Read more…

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting … And an Argument for A Calm Pregnancy

Do Easy Pregnancies Make Easy Babies?

I remember when I was pregnant with my first child. I was in a “pregnancy bubble,” feeling like I was the first person ever to be pregnant. My mother-in-law who is Korean told me about an old wives tale back in the old country was that a calm pregnancy will result in a calm child. I was fairly content as work launching a new website for an online temp agency for accountants. It was another kind of bubble holed up in a conference room 8 hours a day with developers, project managers, and web designers. The pregnancy went smoothly but the marathon of sitting resulted in hemorrhoids. Read more…

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My Mom Heroes Are All Around Me!

Learning from Moms I Admire

When BlogFrog asked me if I wanted to write about mom heroes and even suggested that I look in the mirror, I definitely wanted to write about mom heroes because they are all around me but I don’t necessarily see one when I am in front of the mirror. It always resonated with me that when people irritate me, it’s because they have a personality characteristic that I don’t like in myself. I thought I’d spin this the other way and focus on moms that have personality traits that I wish I had that serve as role models for me in moments of stress! Read more…

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Rise of Mandarin Chinese at Elementary Schools

Chinese Language Gains Popularity in U.S. Elementary Schools

Capability:Mom sent me this link from The Wall Street Journal by Yuliya Chernovaas she knows that I’m a huge proponent of exposing children to foreign languages at an early age.  But not everyone agrees.  Here’s the perspective of parents in New York City.  It appears that foreign language curriculum is a politically charged hot potato.

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How To: Get Your Kids to Practice Their Instrument

How to Get Kids to Practice Their Instruments

My girls’ wonderful flute teacher sent me this link and also weighs in as both a parent and teacher on how to get kids to practice their musical instrument.  I don’t know about your experience, but I found that it’s the rare child who will practice his or her instrument consistently without constant prodding and nagging.  My younger sister, who is now a piano teacher, studied classical at a rigorous studio that included monthly performances and many, many competitions.  Despite this pressure to perform, she wasn’t a kid who liked to practice.  I think the reasons are many: Read more…

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Top 10: Books for Kids with Science Concepts

Best Kids Books with Science Ideas

I will confess that I have been thinking and working on this post for MONTHS. The gist in my mind was science-y chapter and picture books that are NOT non-fiction, that make science fun and accessible, and excite a child’s imagination. Yep, it’s taken a while to find enough books that fit this criteria to make it to 10 but I think these are worthy of this list. What do you think? What non-fiction science-y books do you and your children like? Are there enough to actually make this a new children’s lit. genre? Now THAT would be exciting! Read more…

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5th Grade Book Club for Girls: A Million Miles from Boston

Book Club for Girls Entering Middle School

We were so lucky to have Karen Day as a guest at my 6th grader’s book club last week. The girls were super excited because they met her last year when she came as a guest author for our meeting on her previous baseball book, No Cream Puffs. Read more…