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The Importance of STEM for Kids

The Importance of STEM for Kids

My youngest son is a gamer. He will sit in front of a computer, iPad or DSI all day in his pajamas if I let him. He will shift his hours so that he becomes “Nocturnal Man,” capable of staying up until 2 in the morning and sleeping until noon.

His behavior, though, also reminds me of some brilliant programmers that I had the privilege of working with in Silicon Valley years ago, back in the days of the .com bubble.

What’s a mom to do? I say, if you can’t beat them, join them. I asked my son if he would like to make his own computer games and he thought that was a great idea.

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An Art Studio of One’s Own

Carving Out an Art Studio in Our Basement

I was inspired after reading Artchoo!’s post on Kids’ Art Room Floors to try to carve out an art space for my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, who gets frustrated trying to do her art on the dining room only to be forced to clean up before she’s done with her paintings because it’s time to eat.  A dedicated art space is so great to eliminate that!

She got a nice, huge desk for her birthday last year but there simply isn’t room in her room for all the art supplies. Canvases and paper and paints take up a surprisingly large amount of real estate! Read more…

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Getting Organized with Jooners for Winter Soccer Practices

Electronic Organization for Car Pools and Busy Moms

We were elated to make it through our first soccer season with a crazy amount of practices and games each week (14).  We wouldn’t have been able to do it on our own, but luckily car pools came together after a month for the two club soccer teams my girls joined. Still, there were challenges in setting up a car pool. Luckily a friend turned me on to Jooners, an online sign up sheet and organizational tool, to help busy moms. Read more…

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The Container Store Inspires

New Container Store Opens in North Shore, Boston

I went to a Boston bloggers event last week to get a preview of the new Container Store with Capability: Mom and Random Recycling. We saw Mommy Niri there too, and made a new friend, Evan and Lauren’s Cool Blog.  The new store is gorgeous but what was even more inspiring was the story behind the family-owned private company that is a constant fixture on Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For. Read more…

Harnessing Your Creative Energy By Ignoring Your Email

Unlock Your Creative Potential

Brendon Burchard is the Anti-Dilbert, challenging us all to find The Charge (or spark or passion or whatever you want to call it) in our lives and careers. It has a spillover effect. You find the charge at work and are able to bring it home and vice versa. Read more…

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Ideas for Setting Up Camp Mom

Camp Mom Ideas

I received this email from a reader and I wanted to help because I am in the same position for part of this summer of trying to work on the computer while my kids are home. I know that there is NOTHING more challenging than to keep kids occupied without relying on screen time. Read more…

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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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5 FREE Tech Tools for Back-to-School

Back to School Free Sites for Busy Moms

With back-to-school quickly approaching, all parents have two things on their minds; saving money and finding simple solutions to ease the transition into the busy school year ahead. Below is a list of the top five FREE tech tools to ensure success for back-to-school, whether you’re headed off to college or a parent whose child is entering kindergarten. Read more…

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Back to School: 7 Organizational Tips

7 Days: 7 Organizational Tips for Back to School

The new school year is already upon us, and that means big changes to the family routine and lots of new things on your to-do list. Kati Chevaux, organizational expert and editor at, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar, recommends breaking down back-to-school preparation into simple daily tasks to keep it manageable. To help, she’screated a one-a-day checklist for the crucial week before school begins. Read more…