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Writing skills for little ones

Writing skills for little ones

We know that exposure to language-rich environments in infancy and toddlerhood sets the stage for a lifetime of literacy learning. Therefore, reading with our kids is one of the most important things we can do to promote literacy – even reading to babies from birth. But it’s also worth noting that literacy development is an […]

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Utilizing Your Local Library

Where can you snag a copy of the latest movie release, catch a performance by Paul Mesner puppets (for FREE), and research an upcoming family vacation … all on the same day? Why, your local public library, of course! Since becoming a mom, I have discovered what some have known for YEARS! Your local library […]

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The Science of Spanking

There are pictures of NFL player Adrian Peterson’s preschool sons with facial scars and leg lacerations from his discipline techniques. The latest accusations include a head wound Peterson said occurred while disciplining his 4-year-old for cursing at his sibling. In February 2014, a Kansas lawmaker tried to introduce a bill that would have allowed school […]

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Talking to Kids About Private Parts

Wee-wee, bottom, heinie, chest, squatty, cooter, vajayjay, twat, kitty, peach, lady-parts, lady bits, wiener, nuts, balls, pointy-thing, ding dong, down there. These are just a few of the creative, nicer  words used to describe genitalia by both children and adults alike. When I asked my Facebook friends to share stories of their experiences with talking to kids about […]

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It’s A Small World After All

It’s true. Children believe that the world does, in fact, revolve around them. Such innocent self-centeredness stems from this limited period in their lives when they are fully catered to, their needs are met without request or explanation, and virtually all of life’s problems can be solved with a blanket warm from the dryer, some […]

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Sea Life and LEGOLAND: two attractions, LOTS of fun!

Kansas City has a plethora of family-friendly venues; two such “staycation”-worthy spots are Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND, located at Crown Center in the heart of Kansas City. I was so excited to have the opportunity to take my kids to both of these places for the first time this summer! Now, I will confess that […]

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A Teacher’s Top Three Tips for Summer Learning

No more teachers, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks … As a former elementary teacher, I know full well how this rings true in many households come summer’s arrival, the hooting, the hollering, the celebration cartwheels … and sometimes the children join in. However, after sitting through hundreds of parent-teacher conferences each fall, I also […]

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