Helping your child make new friends

Making new friends

Somehow, after six years in our elementary school, two older sisters with multiple friends who have younger siblings, three kindergarten classes, and five children at our school from her preschool class, Sydney has not one child in her class that she knew before school started. Her best buddy, O, is in the classroom next door. [...]

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Sunday comics

When I was a kid, I loved to read the Sunday comics section of the newspaper. My favorites were Family Circus, Foxtrot, and Baby Blues. What can I say? I even liked big families as a kid! I also liked Nancy, Garfield, and Dennis the Menace, and who could forget Peanuts? My brother liked Calvin [...]

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How to set up a treasure hunt


Whether it’s a birthday party, The Amazing Race, or just for fun, everyone loves a treasure hunt. It’s easy to set up a treasure hunt for your kids, and it’s a fun summertime (or anytime) activity. First, choose something to be the treasure. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate, because the hunt is really [...]

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Cooking with kids

Julias Child

My kids love to “help” me cook. Audrey, my 5th grader, can actually help around the kitchen. Last summer, I taught her how to make tacos so there is one meal that she is able to make from start to finish without help. I really need to teach her some more dinners! Georgia, my 2nd [...]

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How good is good enough?

I have always been a rule follower. I like to know what to expect and what’s expected of me in any given situation. I feel safe when everything is laid out for me, like a check-off list for living. But all too often, there is no check-off list, no list of rules to follow, or [...]

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It’s not pushing if she’s running ahead


One of the best parts about motherhood has been watching my children develop their personalities as they grow. I love seeing what their likes and dislikes are, the things that interest them, motivate them, and challenge them. It can be a stretch for me when they are drawn to things that wouldn’t necessarily interest me [...]

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This life I’ve been given

When I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to have a big family someday. I was the oldest of two and from a young age I loved little children. I remember, as a fifth or sixth-grader, deciding that I wanted six kids and even picking out long, flowing names for each of [...]

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Fresh produce for the growing-averse

What’s the opposite of a green thumb? A black thumb? Yeah, that’s what I have. I love flowers and fresh-picked vegetables, but helping them grow and flourish in my yard just doesn’t work for me. Before we moved in to our house, a previous owner planted masses of beautiful tulips around our front porch and [...]

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My shy extrovert


I am an introvert. I am not a hermit–I love being with people, doing fun things, going places, and having a good time. But after all that, I need to go home and have a bit of silence. For example, whenever our family goes to a museum, the zoo, or a party, I am always [...]

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