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The Challenges of Naming Your Dog

The Challenges of Naming Your Dog

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My husband and I promised our kids that they could get a dog when our youngest turned five. It was our way to stall until all three could take some responsibility. We tried for one year to adopt a puppy from a shelter. We visited Angell Memorial three times but there were very few puppies and most were for adults only. We went to Buddy Dog but the employee there was quite firm that a Jack Russell terrier mix puppy was too high energy for a family with three small kids. Thank goodness; she was right!

Wally our family dog

We dog sat too, to practice. The first dog we sat shed mightily and could not tolerate high-pitched noises. That breed was out; we had two kids learning to play the flute. The second dog we sat I worried was too large for our small house. We fell in love with him despite his size and did the next best thing to keeping him; we bought his relative from the same breeder.

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Teaching Kids Rich Vocabulary using the Thesaurus

Rich Vocabulary Part 2: Using the Thesaurus

To appreciate the stuffy Thesaurus, it might help kids to read about the man behind the tome. His story is beautifully told in the non-fiction picture book, The Right Word.

synonym: a word that means the same thing, or almost the same thing, as another word

How to Find the Right Word

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Byrant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet Read more…

How to Pick the Perfect URL for Your Blog

How to Pick the Perfect URL for Your Blog

How do you pick the perfect domain name for your blog or business? When I started a company back in 1986 out of my dorm room with two friends, it was easy. We just picked a name that described the business, Laser Designs which did laser printing and desk top publishing.

MacTemps

When we added temporary staffing using the Macintosh computer, we didn’t have to work too hard to come up with MacTemps.  But then we outgrew the name. We no longer just staffed on the Macintosh or placed temps.

So … we hired a branding company to come up with our new “empty vessel” name. They came up with Aquent, the roots of which means Not a Follower.

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Minecraft with Java Online Class for Kids

Minecraft with Java Online Class for Kids

My 10-year-old son’s favorite camp is a Minecraft one which he does with his friends for the past two years. They are all serious gamers and the moms are happy with a week of really expensive computer camp because we think it will get them programming their own games. I’ve been working to take his interest in gaming into other areas like reading and science and this summer, my secret goal for him is to program on his own in Python which is a better language for gaming I’m told, and easier to use than Java.

Minecraft with Java Online Class for Kids

My son learned Scratch in third grade, and moved on the Java in fourth grade learning programming basics like boolean logic and If-then and if-else statements. He took Minecraft making Mods for the past two years at camp and this year, he will take Minecraft with Java. I’m not exactly sure what this entails but I think it involves a Minecraft server. Read more…

Stress Incontinence and Always Discreet by Mail

Stress Incontinence and Always Discreet by Mail

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What is stress incontincence? It’s a leakage of urine from movements and activities such as coughing, sneezing, and lifting that greater abdominal pressure on the bladder. Contributing factors include weak muscles in the pelvic floor (from pregnancy and childbirth, menstruation or menopause). Ah … I’m three for three and with three children, to boot! No wonder when I started boxing, my nemisis was jumping rope. It wasn’t just because I wasn’t fit enough to jump for two minutes. The jumping motion itself caused embarassing incontinence. Because I boxed with a group of moms and we were going through the same physical challenges, we could laugh at this, but it’s annoying! Read more…

How to Draw Faces Like a Renaissance Master

How to Draw Faces Like a Renaissance Master

How do you draw faces like a Renaissance artist? I turned to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for inspiration.

How to Draw Faces Like a Renaissance Master

This first piece in the da Vinci exhibit is actually by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, a student of his, but Leonardo’s instructions to other artists on how to draw faces is still pertinent today:

The size of the mouth is a well-proportioned face is equal to the distance between the parting of the lips and the bottom of the chin.

The space from the middle of the nose to the bottom of the chin is half the face.

The space between the eyes is equal to the size of one eye.

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Very Short Science Videos for Kids

Very Short Science Videos for Kids

My son and I picked out our favorite science videos from The Kid Should Watch This. We hope you enjoy them too! Here’s our archive of favorite science videos:

The Kid Should Really See These Videos!

Amazing Videos to Share With Your Kids

My Son’s Favorite Fun and Educational Videos

The Kid Should Really See This Videos

Flu Season Science for Kids

 

Science for Kids: How to Make Fizzy Bottle Rockets

ExpeRimental from The Royal Institution: How to make fizzy bottle rockets using a plastic sports bottle, Alka Selzer tablet, warm water and a mug. Do this outdoors! Read more…

FREE Excerpt of Magnus Chase

FREE Excerpt of Magnus Chase #ReadRiordan

Percy Jackson pack

My ten-year-old son is Rick Riordan’s biggest fan. Usually I have to pre-order the books for him and as soon as he’s done reading, he’s asking for the next one. Thankfully for summer reading, there are two new books that my son will be very excited about and Magnus Chase in October!

 

The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure

The first is a new eBook coming out on July 14th: The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure!

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Pool by JiHyeon Lee, 3 amazing wordless diversity picture books

3 Amazing Wordless Diversity Picture Books

Right about now, you are probably ready for a trip to the beach or a dip in a pool? Or maybe you are planning a trip to NYC to check out the sights? I have three beautiful Asian American wordless picture books that will take you there with just a flip of a page.

Pool by JiHyeon Lee, wordless picture book

What amazing diversity wordless picture books do you love? Please share! Thank you! Read more…