Back-to-School Special Feature!
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The fish was so BIG!
October 4, 2011 – 2:30 pm | One Comment
The fish was so BIG!

We spent Sunday at my husband’s family’s lake property in Mineola.  Now, when you hear lake property — don’t start thinking about a huge house on the lake. In fact it is a piece of …

Is Your Child’s lunchbox healthier than the cafeteria lunch?
September 27, 2011 – 6:11 am | No Comment
Is Your Child’s lunchbox healthier than the cafeteria lunch?

After volunteering in the school cafeteria, I would have to agree that it’s often a toss up between the cafeteria food and what parents or the child packed themselves for lunch. Yes, kids can throw food away but most teachers in elementary school try to get them to eat some of everything. The biggest problem was that the kids don’t have enough time to eat! If they spend time chatting with friends or are slow eaters, they don’t get to finish their lunch. Kids need a break and they need healthy food!

Birthday Party Obsession
September 19, 2011 – 2:09 pm | 2 Comments
Birthday Party Obsession

For as long as I can remember, I have loved birthdays, specifically my birthday! There were years that I proclaimed it a National Holiday, and not only would I have a birthday DAY, but there …

Tips to Knowing if your Child is ready for Sports Activities
September 14, 2011 – 10:36 am | One Comment
Tips to Knowing if your Child is ready for Sports Activities

Individual sporting activities and “non-traditional” team sports lead to wonderful learning experiences for children. Keeping your kids active and interacting more with peers are both valuable to a young child’s development. I was a competitive figure skater growing up – I competed individually and as part of a team – so I had the best of both kinds of sporting experiences.

Teach kids to give! Support Your Favorite Non-profit Tomorrow 9/15/2011
September 13, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
Teach kids to give! Support Your Favorite Non-profit Tomorrow 9/15/2011

Teaching our children to give back is such an important part of growing up and growing into the future citizens of this country. It’s important for them to donate time and money but it’s also important for us to model giving generously to causes that are important to our family and our values.

Backpack Safety – Is Your Child’s Backpack too Heavy?
September 1, 2011 – 8:05 am | 2 Comments
Backpack Safety – Is Your Child’s Backpack too Heavy?

It is generally agreed that no more than 10% of a child’s body weight when they are pre-teens should be loaded into the pack. As they become older the weight can increase to no more than 15% of their body weight. You want to put the heaviest weight at the bottom of the backpack and it’s a pretty good idea, especially with younger children to clean out their packs every one or two days as you will be amazed at what you might find that has gone missing or is unnecessarily adding to the weight of the backpack.

Homework Help! 9 Tips to Overcome the Battles Before they Start
August 24, 2011 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
Homework Help! 9 Tips to Overcome the Battles Before they Start

It’s Back to School again and while my kids are excited about seeing their friends, they are dreading the onslaught of homework! In fact, my son came home from school on Day 2 with Math homework. There is no such thing in middle school as a slow start! My biggest battles with my kids during school seem to be around keeping organized and getting homework done before 9pm at night. Here are a few tips to get you started on the right foot this fall.

6 Tips for Backyard Birding with Kids
August 22, 2011 – 10:26 am | No Comment
6 Tips for Backyard Birding with Kids

On my walk this morning as I passed the ponds, a bird caught my eye. I knew it was a heron of some kind but didn’t look familiar. I came home and got out our well-used copy of The Sibley Guide to Birds (best bird book ever, add it to your Christmas list!) and discovered that it was in immature green heron.

Parents Join Facebook Just to Spy on Kids
August 10, 2011 – 8:58 am | No Comment
Parents Join Facebook Just to Spy on Kids

Infographic on how parents are using Facebook to spy on their kids and why

Dining on the Ringling Brothers Pie Car – a Visual Feast
July 29, 2011 – 7:41 am | No Comment
Dining on the Ringling Brothers Pie Car – a Visual Feast

While we waited for the food to be prepared, we were able to visit with several members of the circus, including Andre McClain, America’s Favorite Cowboy and his fiance Danielle Diamboli, who is a dancer and a snake charmer originally from Brazil. They are pictured here with Maggie. We also met George Caceres of The Flying Caceres. He is a third generation performer and trapeze artist.