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21 Questions to Jump Start a Conversation With Your Kids

When you ask your kids, “how was your day?” all you get are grunts and shrugged shoulders. So instead you try, “what did you do in school?” You hear one word: “Nothing.” Rather than push harder for responses to your standard end-of-the-school-day questions, try one of these conversation read more

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2015 March Activity Calendar

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What I've Learned About Friendship From My Kids

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The Gift of Reading

Of all the qualities I hope to instill in my children – kindness, patience, fortitude … one of the traits I want most to share with them is a love of reading. The pleasure I’ve found in books of all sorts is an ingrained part of my character, and I want my children to experience the same joy. read more