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SleepAway Camp: A Stepping Stone for Independence & Responsibility?

Summer. I find myself wanting to re-create my idyllic childhood summers for my children. Isn’t that human nature, parenting nature, perhaps pure Mother Nature that drives us to re-create for our children what was good in our childhoods, while also adding in what we didn’t have? I always wanted to go to summer camp, sleepaway camp to be exact. My husband too. Whether it was financial restraints, or just not on our parents’ radar, sleepaway camp wasn’t part of the summer recipe. It’s not that I’m complaining. I was blessed with the perfect childhood summers. I spent weeks at the Jersey shore, time in Pennsylvania with grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins, all while spending my everyday summer time in my then hometown in Connecticut. Mornings were spent at swim lessons, followed by the library, and then long, hot, lazy afternoons at the pool. Capped by neighborhood nighttime fun of Kick-the-Can, Witch’s Hour, Spud . . . catching a few of the hundreds of fireflies . . . which later transformed themselves into a temporary lantern …

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

There’s the Elf on the Shelf.  Candy.  Socks.  Perhaps an old-fashioned orange at the top. And then there’s Bork — for the boys.  And Corky — for the girls. Especially for those 9-13 year old ones. Check it out and tuck it in the stocking.  The funny, helpful, long-lasting gift for your kids  — and you. It’s never too early to “put it on the shelf,” for that inevitable moment when “those questions” will come.

“You Don’t Need To Tell Me About The Birds & The Bees. I Downloaded It All From The Internet.”

  Study after study has shown that kids want to learn about “the birds & the bees” from their parents.   Grab the reins.  You can do it.  Be the source of information for them.  You’ll be glad you did.  Grab a hold of one of my books.  It will lead the way — and open up some good discussion too.  Check out my books (one for girls & one for boys), along with this latest review: Our kids are going to learn alot about themselves and this world from the world, and that’s not really a good place to start. I want my children to learn from me so much so that I homeschool them. Have you ever heard the quote, “I have seen the village and I don’t want them raising my child?” Well that is how my husband and I look at this world and all it has to offer. If you want them to know the truth about how things really are whether its the world they live in or the skin …

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Tomorrow, you’re probably planning to gather together with the people you love to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you’re like our family, you’ll have several generations gathered under one roof. And if you’re playing host, you’ll spend the day trying to make sure that everyone has a great time.  Here are 11 Awesome Family Activities for Thanksgiving Day to incorporate into your holiday plans.