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How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

As soon as my son turned five, our family and friends started asking him questions about kindergarten. Where was he going? Was he excited? Each time the “K” word was mentioned, my normally chatty son would visibly tense up and fall silent. read more

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How to Get Out of the House In the Morning Without Losing Your Mother-Loving Mind

Last month I conducted a little experiment. I tried to streamline our getting up and out of the house process to make it somewhat pleasant. You know to keep from screaming at everyone. Because “We’re late!!!” and “Get your shoes on! NOW!” is not a great way to start a family off on the rig read more

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5 Reasons Why Arts in Education is Important for Kids

A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate. read more

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A Conversation with Martha's Trouble #2

Here's the second half of the interview Mandy did with Martha's Trouble. They talked about all sorts of things including mom friends, school schedules and a special song Jen Slocumb wrote for a mom who lost her husband in a small town in Canada. read more

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Back to School

Back to school is full of new. It's like the beginning of a new year, a point to make changes and see new potential for my kids, for me... for our family. read more