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My kids started school ‘late’

My kids started school late. They had longer to become themselves and to play like children should. http://momistheonlygirl.com

Around here children must be five years old before December 1st to start Kindergarten in September of the same year. One of mine turned five in early January and the other turned five just days before the deadline. In most people’s opinions my kids started school ‘late’ because they were home with me watching the …

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Daily Rhythm for Kids

In the years I had two boys at home with me and a hubby at work all day I developed a few routines that I continue today. Not out of obsessive habit, but rather because they work for me, for my family. I stumbled upon them quite innocently enough and thought maybe some of you …

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What spell would you use?

What spell would you use? A little of the fun my boys are conjuring up while reading the Harry Potter series. http://momistheonlygirl.com

Our family is enjoying the Harry Potter series of books (you know, the ones by J.K. Rowling), fascinated by all the wizards and witches (and miscommunication), the passageways of the castle, and the young characters’ adventures. They’ve led to several discussions about when to come to an adult… Hubby and I are enjoying reading the books …

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Growing up ‘free’

the environment we're raising our kids in is much different than that of our parents. We can still give our kids awesome experiences like we had! http://momistheonlygirl.com

Every once in a while I get homesick for my childhood home. Do you? Last week I posted about being bullied as a child and ever since then I’ve been thinking about the freedom I was given as a child (and secretly hoping my kids will have some of the same experiences I was given …

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When I was bullied as a child

I was bullied as a child and what I do about it now. http://momistheonlygirl.com

Walk, Talk, Tell didn’t work for me, but when I was a child the world was different. There were no such things as the internet, cell phones (well, there was but they were huge!) or Skype. The world was safer. Parents weren’t afraid to let their kids walk to the store alone. There was a …

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What’s in the box? – a sense of hearing {Christmas} game

What's in the box? -a sense of hearing Christmas game using simple home materials {shared from Mom is the Only Girl http://momistheonlygirl.com}

When my boys were smaller we used to play a sense of hearing game called ‘What’s in the cup’ or some other derivative I would come up with when we were ready to play it. (I’ve written about this here and here.) This year I’m calling it ‘What’s in the box?’ Sense of hearing Anytime version: …

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The Mystery Box

The Mystery Box - opening a mysterious box of books from childhood can ignite the imaginations of your kids! http://momistheonlygirl.com

It was like Christmas…. A mystery box was found in our garage. When Hubby opened this mystery box, he discovered his favorite books from childhood! We’ve had fun reading Hubby’s favorites from when he was a kids… Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst, and Splish Splash! by Ethel and Leonard …

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What do you get from a pumpkin?

What do you get from a pumpkin? If you ask my boys, they’ll say ‘pumpkin seeds!’ If you ask the boy next door he says, ‘a Jack-o-lantern!’ What if we ask you? Last year we creatively stumbled upon a recipe for toasted pumpkin seeds! What’s that you say? You’ve never thought about eating pumpkin seeds? Neither …

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Want to get away?

Have you ever dreamed of getting away from it all? Of having the time to pamper yourself a little and be a better mom as a result? Well, guess what? You can! And it’s free. And you don’t even have to leave your house to participate. It’s called the Mom Conference! I attended last year …

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Lessons learned berry picking

I remember Gramma putting on her apron and asking us to go with her. It was a sweltering hot summer day, and we slowly walked along the edge of the woods along the driveway, then the hedgerow along the back field. Pricked fingers as we worked at our task weren’t a major deal to us. …

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(Adult) Peer Pressure

The Peer Pressure Scenario The moms have been wearing tank tops and work out shorts with their cute little shades and looking all ‘in’ when dropping their kids off in the expertly decorated VBS classrooms. They walk together in the hallways laughing at their little stories. They hang out in the back of the sanctuary talking …

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