- Parents need to engage kids in learning You’ve purchased the school supplies, completed the forms, and updated the shots. While many parents consider the school prep done, a little more is needed to give children their best start. First, alleviate their fears. Each new year brings new challenges — different teachers, altered schedules, more difficult assignments. Some children greet the changes with excitement; others with fear. Parents can help turn the fear to excitement.
- What’s mud got to do with it? Running events used to be simple. Sign up, train to your level, participate, and get a T-shirt you will probably donate to Goodwill. Not anymore. Your simple 5k has morphed into a mixture of natural and man-made obstacles, laid out through recreational parks, corn fields, and thick woodlands … through the muddiest path possible! Why? I only know what I saw and experienced, so read on and see what you think.
- Oh say can you see? I took Youngest to get her eyes checked and first pair of glasses last week. There are a few things I learned about my tiny person as a result of that appointment. Most notably, she is my daughter.
Looking for a beautiful blue whale suit
I went to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari last week and have been thinking about bathing suits ever since. I think most of my current obsession has something to do with the fact that I do not own a bathing suit that fits me well or that I like, and I just spent an entire day in public tugging at an ill-fitting suit.
Dropping acid, batteries not included
What is closest to the sun, flight of foot, and a deadly neurotoxin? Mercury: the planet; the Roman god; and Hg, the chemical element also called quicksilver. Having little in common beyond name, only the latter has immediate and damaging effect on us.
Teaching kids money management
Mom! I've got enough to buy that Lego set I wanted," son exclaims as he receives his check for the July mowing jobs. I have to admit, I'm pretty proud of how hard he has worked and glad he can enjoy the fruits of his labor. Yet ... on the way to buy
- The high cost of air conditioning Don't get me wrong. I'd wilt without air conditioning. I've no desire to try and beat the 90-degree heat without it. But so much is missed when our evenings, nights and early mornings are wrapped in AC. We lose nature's voice, family dialogue, neighb
- She is a card-carrying java freak As I was refreshing the coffee service at work last week, refilling the Keurig machines, it occurred to me how far coffee consumption has come in my lifetime, and I started to wonder about the origins of the stuff. According to the website roaste.co
- The thrifty food plan I have been thinking about budgets in general, and food budgets in particular, a lot lately. The biggest reason for my obsession is that what I had anticipated as two college students away at college is, in reality, two college students living at hom
Help children go from fear to anticipation
Sitting with a group of pre-teens and teenagers recently, someone asked the question, "What is your greatest fear?" To my surprise, the number one answer: "Change."
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