When It Isn’t a Costume: Dealing with Developing Hormones
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When It Isn’t a Costume: Dealing with Developing Hormones

October 6, 2014 This Halloween season, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde might not be just a costume! You might notice smells, excess hair, a tendency toward drama, and even behavior altering rage. This very change snuck up on our family. It struck with deodorant and went downhill from there. We have ushered in the age…

How Much Should You Save For Your Child’s College Tuition?
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How Much Should You Save For Your Child’s College Tuition?

September 24, 2014 3 Steps to Find the Magic Number Worried about how you’re going to pay for your children’s college education? You’re not alone. According to a recent study from Discover Student Loans, parents overwhelmingly see the value of their kids going to college. However, 85 percent of all surveyed parents said that they’re…

Back to Happy: No More Back to School Blues #EmotionalSmarts
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Back to Happy: No More Back to School Blues #EmotionalSmarts

September 2, 2014 This month’s Emotional Smarts conversation came on the heels of my daughter’s first ever back to school related melt down. Because she faces a lot of changes and uncertainty, this new school year feels overwhelming to her. I imagine many of us deal with the same anxiety or reluctance in our kids…

7 Back to School Traditions: Getting Your Kids Excited
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7 Back to School Traditions: Getting Your Kids Excited

August 11, 2014 Some schools near us started back to school today. Thank goodness my kids have a few more weeks of summer vacation, but it reminds me that we need to start getting ready. I’ve said before that our family has an insane number of traditions, and many of them revolve around school starting again. I…

Professional Photography: How and Why To Use It
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Professional Photography: How and Why To Use It

July 22, 2014 Summer often means picture time: family pictures, senior portraits, weddings, and special occasions. I recently sat down with Daisy Portraits’ Larissa Annen, to ask those questions that we all have when we think about hiring a photographer. I have a nice camera and cute kids, why do I need a professional? Your kids want…

#EmotionalSmarts Conversations on Parenting: Letting Kids Fail and Grow
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#EmotionalSmarts Conversations on Parenting: Letting Kids Fail and Grow

June 10, 2014 We’ve all been there as parents. Our children face failure and we want to jump in to protect them. How do we, instead, use these moments to teach life-long skills that our kids need in order to thrive as their lives move forward? A partnership between If You Can, Great Schools, and SocialMoms…

Emotional Containers: 5 Ways to Become Your Child’s Safe Place
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Emotional Containers: 5 Ways to Become Your Child’s Safe Place

May 19, 2014 I had the pleasure of attending a seminar today given by Charlie Ruce, a Marriage and Family Therapist. There were so many things he taught us, but one image really resonated with me: Parents are “emotional containers” for their children. Essentially, we offer a safe place for their feelings. It’s easy to think of…

The Overprotected Kid: A Summary That Needs a Discussion
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The Overprotected Kid: A Summary That Needs a Discussion

May 13, 2014 This weekend I read an amazing article from The Atlantic titled The Overprotected Kid. The author, Hanna Rosin does a great job of synthesizing all types of information regarding kids’ play into a cohesive argument. In it, she spoke to what I already believed – but also challenged many of my assumptions….

9 Double-Duty Money Savers for Busy Moms
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9 Double-Duty Money Savers for Busy Moms

April 22, 2014 There are a host of apps and websites designed to help manage your hard-earned dollars and financial accounts. You can find online tools for banking, retirement planning, bill management, loyalty rewards, coupons, price comparison, sale alerts, rebates and much more. At first glance, this may seem very helpful; however, using too many…

Plan of Attack: 5 Methods For A Strong School Year Finish
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Plan of Attack: 5 Methods For A Strong School Year Finish

April 21, 2014 With Easter behind us, the last of our Spring Breaks come to a close. It’s normal to feel the first inclination of “Summer-itis” but with nearly two months still to go before school lets out, you can’t give into to the temptation of slowing down. Our family seems particularly struck this year. The…

Birthday Basics: Don’t Break the Bank … or Your Brain
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Birthday Basics: Don’t Break the Bank … or Your Brain

April 14, 2014 It’s easy to be a little overwhelmed when thinking about throwing a birthday party for your kids, especially when you see the amazing themes, cakes and favors on sites like Pinterest!  Most years, my old teacher planning habits kick in and my kids’ parties turn into events. Some years, we take a…

Tantrums and Tirades: Dealing with Anger in the Family #EmotionalSmarts
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Tantrums and Tirades: Dealing with Anger in the Family #EmotionalSmarts

April 3, 2014 Of course, it’s the morning I blew up at my daughter that I planned on attending the Tantrums and Tirades: Dealing with Anger in the Family panel. Part of me thought I should turn in my mom card in shame since I clearly failed. But if anything, these presenters allowed me to…

Maintain Your Rights While Cooped-Up: A Kid’s Perspective
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Maintain Your Rights While Cooped-Up: A Kid’s Perspective

February 24, 2014 To: Cooped-up kids everywhere Re: Standard of Living Regulations Due to unfortunate weather, we’ve been stuck inside with our bratty siblings families even more than usual. At times like these, it is important that you remember a few key rules: Our founding fathers started this country with the ideals of equality and…

5 Reasons to Motivate You (And Your Child) to Read More
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5 Reasons to Motivate You (And Your Child) to Read More

February 3, 2014 I had an interesting conversation last week. A mom from school called me because she noticed that every day when as I drop off my Kindergartener, my daughter vaguely trails me with her nose in a book. Knowing my educational background, she said, “So, we don’t read that much. [Her son] doesn’t…

What’s With These New Language Immersion Schools?
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What’s With These New Language Immersion Schools?

January 27, 2014 The holidays have past, things have settled, and many moms are starting to think about where to send their preschooler for Kindergarten in September. I know this because every year around this time, I start getting questions about my kids’ school. Three people stopped me yesterday! My kids are lucky enough to…

Social Emotional Learning For You and Your Child
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Social Emotional Learning For You and Your Child

December 4, 2013 We all want the best for our children.  Whether it’s packing a healthy lunch, enrolling them in fun activities or helping with homework, as parents we work tirelessly to ensure that their needs are being met.  But all too often, we neglect something important: paying attention to our children’s emotional development. That’s…