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Important Home Heating Safety Tips



Space Heaters, CO2 & Fire Prevention Safety Tips

My husband sent this to me and as he takes care of the safety issues, I thought we were ok in this department. But then I remembered my middle daughter’s room which is always 10 degrees colder or hotter (depending on the weather and the swing is to the more extreme end) and thought of the mini space heater we added after she complained that her room was the coldest in the house. We are not sure why and my husband who is handy has been caulking and sealing in her room like crazy. Read more…
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Burma (Myanmar) for Kids: Books and Culture

Burma or Myanmar for Kids Though Books and Activities

Why Burma? A trio of serendipitous events collided:

  • A Mom Friend from Burma hosted a Mystery Dinner School Fundraiser and 8 parents from my school went to her dinner.
  • I had brunch with one set of parents who raved about her dinner, a Burmese Noodle Dish — recipe below –, and reminisced about his own travels to Burma.  He was there during the student protests (see history bullet points below) which was a crazy and somewhat unsafe time to be a tourist in Burma.
  • I was at a U2 concert a year ago, and Bono dedicated a song to Aung San Suu Kyi, who was I barely aware of. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Raising a Reader

Thank you again for contributing photos to this weekly Monday feature, Caught in the Act … of Reading.  Thank you also to multiple photo contributors, Mama C and the Boys, and parents of Issie and Lucie.  It’s really fun to see your children loving to read as well as making steady progress! And please take a minute to view the video of older sister Riley reading to her little brother. Blue Hat, Green Hat has never been more fun and how exciting that Riley can read to her brother and does it so nicely!  I have to bribe my daughters to read to their little brother; they view it as a chore! Read more…

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Second Hand Saturday: Little Bear Collection & The Monkey King’s Daughter

Free Books for Kids

Here’s how my Second Hand Saturday winner selection works.  You leave a comment within 7 days when the post first goes up (you have from Sat until Sat, so really 8 days because I am not that on top of it).  You tell me WHAT BOOK YOU WANT and WHY YOU WANT IT.  Whoever makes a compelling argument will win because I am all about getting the right book into the right hands.  If no one wants the books, I’ll tweet like mad until someone comments.  My Twitter handle is @PragmaticMom.  If you follow me, I’ll follow you back. Read more…

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T2Love Tees for Girls Who Must Have Really Soft Tees

Tactile Kids Who Need Soft Tees

My middle daughter has very sensitive senses.  True story:  when she was an infant she never slept though a single meal even if she was just fed, rocked to sleep by the car ride, and fast asleep at the restaurant when the food came.  The minute she smelled the food, her eyes would pop open. She also insists on wearing very soft clothes but this is just a [strong] preference, it’s not like she can’t wear say, a cotton polyester itchy tee that you as assigned to wear for your soccer game. Read more…

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Children’s Book Award Winners

Best Books for Kids: O’Dell, Costa, Sheffield & more…

Historical Fiction, Scott O’Dell Winner 2011, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Read more…

Caught in the Act … of READING

Raising a Reader and How to Get Kids to Read

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of kids Caught in the Act … of READING.  If you would like go send me a photo, please email me at pragmaticmom.com (at) gmail (dot) com.  I definitely need more photos.  This week, it’s been fun to see some of these kids caught in the act of reading again and again!  In other photos, older siblings are reading with their younger siblings which is so nice and rarely  happens in my house but when it does, it’s a moment in time that I want to freeze and keep forever. What are your kids reading and can you catch them in the act of reading?! Read more…

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Best Children’s Books on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrating MLK Day with Children’s Books

My youngest, who was then just 3 and in preschool, came home one day talking about an upcoming holiday celebrating a king.  “Elvis?”, we wondered.  “There is no king in the United States!” we said.  Still, he insisted so we continued to probe.  “It’s his birthday,” my son said, “so I don’t go back to school for three sleep and wake ups.”  Oh!!!  We suddenly understood:  he was talking about Martin Luther King, Jr.!! Read more…

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FREE Books for Kids

Children’s Book Giveaway

I am attempting to join the Second Hand Saturday Mr. Linky group even though it might be for Young Adult and Teen readers.  I hope they don’t mind.  Sometimes these little technical issues really kick my butt and I get very frustrated trying to figure it out.  So, let’s pretend that it works, even if it doesn’t. And if  I don’t actually pull off Mr. Linky, then who cares, I’ll still keep doing this and mailing out the books. Read more…