10 Tips to Toss Out Worry, Chaos, and Confusion

“I’m anxious, all the time.” “It’s hard to sleep at night. I worry about everything.” “My heart pounds, my hands sweat, my stomach hurts. I’m so stressed out!” Make a change in 2018! Life can be hard, whether its an ill parent, a distant spouse, unruly kids or personal troubles. Sometimes it’s just too much […]

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6 Tips for Photo Organizing from a Pro

Friends, Photo organizing is on my list for 2018. Those of you who know me are aware of my desire to “have a place for everything and everything in it’s place”. But the task of getting the family photos in order is SO overwhelming I’ve put it off for years! Many of our pictures are […]

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Homemade Gifts: Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Candy Canes

Generosity is love in action. This Christmas, plan how you will instill a generous spirit in your kids. Who can you and your family bless? Homemade gifts come from thought, time, and the heart. Getting the kids involved in the gift preparation and giving, helps them focus on others rather than themselves during the holiday […]

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10 Shopping Strategies for Parents of Littles

Shopping…some like it, others hate it. Holiday shopping has it’s own sparkle as well as tarnish. The cheerful carols, mistletoe, and tinsel are combined with grouchy shoppers, slushy snow, and fatigue. One of the big challenges during the holidays is shopping with young children. With the barrage of ads and bulging shelves at stores touting […]

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The Faith-Filled Halloween Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins for Halloween is a fun activity for families. The evening can be focused on faith, not scary costumes designed for fear. Bring faith into the mix by using this poem as a template to decorate a pumpkin that symbolizes faith in Christ. You can use a large pumpkin with Mom and Dad carving […]

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Tips and Tactics for Halloween

Halloween is a holiday parents enjoy or dread. It can be fun and entertaining or chaotic and scary. Making a few decisions as a parenting team and then with the family as a whole will help to get everyone on the same page regarding considerations and expectations. Then everyone in the family can enjoy the […]

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Executive Function is Enhanced Through Play

Executive function is a buzz phrase in education. In the most basic terms, executive function allows a child to organize, plan, and get things accomplished. These school readiness skills are as important as academics. Self-regulation, problem solving, and attentiveness are all executive function skills. Play-based activities in preschool and at home, allow children to practice. […]

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Why is PLAY Important for Your Child’s Development?

“What did you do at school today?” asked Mom on the car ride home from preschool. Ashley, the 4-year-old in the backseat answered, “I played with my friends!” If this is your child’s usual response, FABULOUS! Play is your child’s job. Play is a vital part of your child’s job description. Through play, children explore […]

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