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September is the Perfect Reset

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” from F. Scott Fizgerald in The Great Gatsby Do you feel it yet?  The seasonal change into fall, a crisp bite to the early morning air,  leaves on the top of the trees starting to change into bright colors.   Do the smell…

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5 Ways to Be A Playful Mom

Here are 5 quick ways you can be a more playful mom in a matter of minutes.     1. Dance.  Put on some great tunes and shake your groove thing.  Want to be more playful?  Add in freeze dance, musical chairs, or a balloon to keep in the air.   2.  Get out a…

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Teens and Play

My oldest son is 17. (How can I have a 17 year old?  I met my husband when I was 17!) Play looks a lot different for him as a teen than it did when he was elementary age. For my son, it has looked very much like being an adult. At 15 he wanted…

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What Do You Want Your Kids to Remember?

  When you look out in the future and your children are grown, what things do you want them to say about growing up in your home? One of the things I want my kids to say is that we had fun. Now, something you must know about me is that FUN doesn’t come naturally…

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Outdoor Play

When you think of outdoor play, what comes to your mind? Rec league athletics such as soccer or t-ball?  Time at a playground?  Or do you think more about unstructured, free play? All of these are beneficial and contribute to your child’s health. Team sports help kids learn to work together with others while practicing…

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Let’s Talk About Connection

How do you connect with your spouse? Your best friend? What is it that makes you feel connected? My guess is that your answer will be different from mine. The same is true for our kids. So I’d like to challenge you this week to observe your kids to see if you can determine what…

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Parenting Intentions

How many weeks do you start out with plans for all the great things you are going to do with your kids? Your plans might include a trip to the park or library, an ice cream treat, building a fort or baking cookies. But you get to the end of the week and realized that…

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