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It's Just Material: Writing as a Coping Strategy A decade ago, when I was in my son's room folding laundry, he told me about an experience he was having on a school sport's team. The exact details don't matter - all kids deal with some sort of challenge in the middle school years. But if I had to name this one it would be life is not fair on a middle school basketball team.

Balancing Presents During the Holidays The holiday season is in full swing and before you start fulfilling everything on your children's lists, we think it is a great idea to consider the types and quantity of gifts that you give.

How Soon They Forget A boy and his mother, slowly walking Kids voices behind them, indistinct His head down, she reaches out to stroke his hair He says to her, as they reach the car, "I'm not good at sports." Stopping beside the car, She looks at him, this little man And says, "Sure, you are." "No, I'm not.

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5 cheap stocking filler ideas As a child, there is nothing more exciting than waking up Christmas morning and seeing a filled stocking at the end of your bed! Santa has been, and Christmas has begun. But Christmas is also an expensive time, and filling a stocking is yet another thing to think about!

How to tidy, declutter and make your home cosy Preparing for Winter can be really tricky sometimes, but getting help from a professional declutterer like Lizzie Grant is a great way of finding some new ideas on how to tidy, declutter and make your home cosy this Winter. Just a 20 minute FaceTime chat with Lizzie and I soon had some great ideas on how to keep the children's bedrooms tidy.

Get FREE Carrots For Christmas Dinner from Morrisons Morrisons is giving away 125,000 bags of free "wonky" carrots in the run-up to Christmas, as well as free oranges for your stocking. Whether you're after a freebie for your Christmas Day dinner, or you want to spread some magic with your children, it may be worth heading to Morrisons soon.

4 Ways Hawaii will Exceed Your Family's Expectations If you're looking for more reasons to visit Hawaii, there are a few ways it will exceed your family's expectations. When spending time on the island of Kauai, Silver Falls Ranch is a breathtaking place to relax. It's a great place to ride horses to a waterfall and have an escape from the rest of the island.

How to Tell if a Child is Happy at School A grandparenting blog covering knitting, crochet, dog walking, #walk1000miles, photography, twins, fun days out.

Help Santa see in the fog - Santa STEM Challenge Here at Science Sparks we're trying to make the most of the festive season with lots of Santa science and ELF science challenges. Today we've got another Santa challenge, but you could easily make it Elf themed too! Follow our full instructions for how to build a torch and Santa will be back on his way in no time.

Push-ups, parenting and almost pulling the plug: Sterling K. Brown and Kelvin Harrison Jr. on 'Waves' "Once you put this out into the world, people will have strong reactions to it. It was one of the reasons why I wasn't going to take the movie." During a phone conversation, Shults persuaded Brown to meet with Harrison Junior The actors met in Los Angeles, where Brown talked of his concern that the narrative may propagate black stereotypes.

Tales of travel with children every parent needs to read Travelling with children isn't just about the experiences we have in the moment: It's also about the stories we gather on our journeys. Those stories can live on for months, years, even a lifetime.

Monsters of Wetmore Forest – Review Disclaimer: - We were sent these Monsters of Wetmore Forest items to review free of charge, but all words and pictures are our own. Meet the Monsters of Wetmore Forest. Aren't they the cutest? We love reading and when you can bring books to live through collectables or characters it makes it that little bit different.

Bringing Music Education Into Your Child's Life: How To and Why It Is Necessary As parents, we always want what is best for our children. As a single parent, you face more challenges with trying to make sure you can be everywhere and do everything for and with your children by yourself. It is easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed by the weight of things.

If Primary School Ignores Emotional Development Development of mental health well-being starts in early childhood - social and emotional skills are not less important than cognitive. Investment in child upbringing is the most effective in toddler age says James J. Heckman, Nobel laureate economist.

My favourite resources for kids' health Being a parent can be a tricky business, especially when it comes to keeping children healthy. We all want our children to be healthy throughout their lives, and as a parent I see it as my responsibility to do everything I can to ensure that happens. Visiting the doctor can be confusing, especially with children in tow.

Choose Sweden for your next family getaway Are you looking for a new, fun, and original destination for memorable family vacations? Do you want to visit an upcoming major touristic hotspot before it gets too popular? Do you appreciate the beauty of winter and its unique activities? Then you should consider turning your attention to Sweden!

Why I tell the truth, but not the whole truth Honesty has always been incredibly important to me. That sounds kind of obvious, but when you start to pay attention it's amazing how many little lies we let slip through just in the course of a day - excuses for not wanting to go out in the evening, white lies to children - it all adds up.

Dear Care and Feeding: My Husband Thinks We Can Care for Our Newborn With No Outside Help. Me? I’m Deeply Skeptical. My husband and I are expecting our first child. We're both in graduate school and have a pretty tight income right now. We have lots of flexibility with our schedules, but both have a lot of work to accomplish, and that work takes a lot of mental energy and focus.

The Snowman Art Project for Kids Get creative with these art projects for kids inspired by the book The Snowman. Toddler, Preschool and older kids ideas.

4 Easy Snowflake Crafts for Kids All of the snowflake crafts for kids that I've shared in this post use our free snowflake template and where possible I've printed the template onto white card* or blue card* rather than paper.

My Top 5 Tips To Stay Sane This Holiday Season! Let's face it the holidays can be overwhelming! There's a bunch of stuff to be done and everybody is depending on you to do it right?! I use to despise entering into the holiday season. During a time where you should be enjoying family you are bogged down by the business of the season, not able to fully enjoy and embrace this time.

Parenting Before Social Media "Did moms exist before social media? Technically, yes, there have always been moms, but motherhood as a lively public conversation - a set of references, jokes, warring factions, cliches and grievances - has existed for just a little over a decade.

5 Ideas To Teach Kids About The Gift Of Giving The season is upon us, there is no escaping it! My children are excited, especially now that the tree is up and that elf has returned again. The countdown is on and they are both looking forward to the big day. If ever there was a time to teach our kids about giving, it has got to be now, hasn't it?

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