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Homesick and Happy: Top 10 Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Bedtime at Camp by Amy L (This picture and poem were found on a lovely poetry website, “The Poem Farm“,  by my new friend Amy!) ———————— make our kids happy give our kids self-esteem make friends for our kids act as managers and agents for our kids compete with digital media create a 2nd family for […]

Let Your Light Shine: 100 Acts of KINDNESS!

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! I believe that every child is born with their own inner light, and it is our responsibility and privilege as parents and teachers to help them discover that light, to nurture it, and encourage them to “let it shine” for the world! Last week my awesome […]

Celebrating Summer! Celebrating Childhood!

Camp is FUN for everyone, doo-dah, doo-dah,  Celebrate the summer sun, oh-doo-dah-day Summer songs to sing, summer games to play,  Camp is FUN for everyone, oh-doo-dah-day, HEY! Recently I had the pleasure celebrating the beginning of SUMMER with 19 fabulous young kiddos (and 2 great helpers) at my “Celebrate Summer” Camp! A great time was […]

Happy May Day: Fun and Simple Ideas from my Family and Classroom to Yours!

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying… This morning, I greeted the children at school with my May Pole, wearing a flower “princess” crown! May Day is not commonly celebrated in the US, but kids love it, and they enjoy hearing about the traditions of other children around the world. My […]

Picnics, Playdates, Poems, and other “Good SPRING Things”

(written April 27th, before the business began…) It’s a lovely overcast, cool Sunday morning, and I’m enjoying some coffee and bird songs on the back patio, surrounded by the beautiful fresh green of spring before the Texas summer heat sets in. The kids will be home soon after spending the night at the grandparents, and […]

Happy “Earth Day” to You, Happy “Earth Day” to You…

12 Great Easter Egg Ideas for Making Brain and Family Connections!

Happy Easter from my Family to yours! Bombarded with little plastic Easter eggs everywhere you turn? Here are a Dozen great uses for them! 1. Conversation Starters! Put in Easter Egg Questions: 12 Talking Tips for Your Family Meal! This is an idea we have used at our home before. Let the kids hide the […]

“Celebrate Spring!” A To-Do List for Busy Families

 “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood Overwhelmed and exhausted with birthday parties, soccer games, egg hunts, spring music and ballet recitals, and school fundraisers? April and May can be a BUSY time of year! But have you just stopped to play outside? To notice the […]

Happy 36th Birthday: A Letter to Myself…

Well, I’m waking up to the coldest birthday I can remember! 25% and school is closed (again) here in Dallas due to ice and sleet on the roads….but my kids spent the night at my parents’ house last night, so “ahhhhhh“, I have a quiet morning to my older birthday self! A nice gift, for […]

Top 10 Reasons to be a “Parent with PURPOSE”

Why should you sign on to be a “Parent with PURPOSE”? 1. Because Mr. Rogers himself says that parenting is the MOST important job in the world, and Mr. Rogers tells the truth! I’ll be a resource for you along the way, and I’ll tell the truth, too. (And teach you some of my favorite Mr. Rogers songs!) […]