When Your Children Complain They Are Bored

Cute children smiling at camera on white backgroundWe’ve all heard the refrain,“ I’m booored! There’s nothing to dooo!” These words are usually uttered in a high-pitched whiney voice that reminds me of the sound of finger nails screeching across a chalkboard. UGH!

Sound familiar?

Somehow that one phrase manages to combine a sense of entitlement (you owe me) and ingratitude (you haven’t done enough for me) all at once. And there is nothing more infuriating.

Where does this sense of entitlement and ingratitude come from?

In many ways we can’t really blame our children. After all we do provide almost all the things they need. So it is natural that our children might also jump to the conclusion that it is our job to entertain them.Continue Reading

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The Best Way to Get Your Child Ready For School

The Best Way to Get Your CHild Ready For SchoolThe children and young people in our little town are celebrating the end of the school year. It’s summer, a time for families to relax and enjoy 8 weeks of play and relaxation.

“Aaah, summer- that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends. “Darrell Hammond

Or is it? Just recently I’ve started seeing the topic of “summer slide” popping up all over social media.

Summer slide is the term used to describe the learning loss that typically occurs over the 8 weeks that students are out of school over the summer. Apparently parents are becoming increasingly concerned about this loss.

I’m curious about everything to do with learning, so I started investigating. Continue Reading

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7 Scrumptious Summer Treats For Families

7 Scrumptious Summer Treats For Families

My love for ice cream emerged at an early age – and has never left!” Ginger Rogers

I’m with Ginger Rogers! Ice cream is one of my guilty pleasures. The cold creamy goodness carries all kinds of memories for me. It is the sound of the ice cream truck trundling around the neighborhood. It is the feel of the long, endless days of summer. It is the joy of being treated to a ice cream cone with a chocolate flake stuck in for good measure. YUM!

Now that the weather’s warming up it is time to bring out that frozen goodness! If you want to keep things super simple a trip to the grocery store will suffice. On the other hand ice cream and other frozen treats are actually quite easy to make. They taste so much better than bought and you can control what goes in them. Here are seven great recipes for you to try this summer.Continue Reading

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Cherish THIS Time With Your Children

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My three boys at various stages in their childhood and adolescence

We all know that childhood passes by in a flash, but sometimes in the midst of the chaos it can be really hard to appreciate our children right where they are. Is it possible to be good parents and enjoy the process at the same time? I believe the answer is yes. Here are six tips to help you cherish THIS time with your children no matter what age or stage they are in.Continue Reading

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