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Family Fall Bucket List

Fall has arrived! I've compiled a list of 40 of my favorite fall family activities.

10 Ways to Drop Off Your Preschooler on Good Footing

As a  mom of two preschoolers with separation anxiety, I was first inspired to write an article titled "How to Execute a Tear-Free Drop Off."  Then realized the goal shouldn't be about how your child reacts to saying goodbye to you, which he may have very little control over, but about how to leave him on solid footing in a peaceful state of mind.

Learning to Embrace my Highly Sensitive Child

I noticed the signs early on.  When my daughter was 18 months old, she once cried watching an episode of Mickey Mouse because a hungry baby Goofy burst into tears. Even as a young child, she never took a toy from another kid.

How to Create a Peaceful Home

I truly believe that peace on earth starts at home, and that's why my website and my books have one focus, to promote peace in families. Peace must begin inward ; we must first find peace in ourselves.

12 Picture Books to Read This Fall

Does it feel like fall where you live? It certainly does around the Great Lakes. In our family, we like celebrating the change of seasons with new books. Out come the seasonal books from the previous years, and if they are not enough, we take a trip to the library. Here is the list of our favourites to read in the fall.

7 Ways to Inspire a Child to Practice an Instrument (Without Tears)

Playing the piano wasn't always fun for me.  In fact, it was dreadful at times.  But starting from age 4, I remained a dedicated pupil for almost two decades, thanks in large part to my parents.  There are things about my training that worked well to inspire me and things I wish I could've changed.

Everyone Has a Story to Tell

In the book Gooney Bird Greene, briefly reviewed in the article Back to School Books, the second-graders were learning about telling stories. Their teacher thought that they might want to tell stories about Christopher Columbus, but the students insisted on stories about their intriguing new classmate the bright and strong-willed girl Gooney Bird Greene.

A Different Kind of Classroom

Julia Child. Chelsea Clinton. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. What do these successful folks share in common? A Montessori education.

Ice Sculptures: Inspiring Creativity in Summer

Portia Polar Bear's Birthday Wish

Portia Polar Bear's Birthday Wish, a new children's book written by Margie Carroll with accompanying photography by Daniel J. Cox, is a story about a young polar bear that thinks she's much different than her other Arctic friends.

Macaroni and Cheese

Not just a comfort food anymore...MACARONI AND CHEESE, Volume 1, is the first in a multiple book anthology of uplifting and inspirational stories and songs for kids and their parents.

Little Dance

A delightful board book full of dance inspired riddles that make story time fun. Ten dance-related topics are presented in a rhyming riddle format with illustrated clues and answers. Tutu, tap shoes, and leotard are included in this board book

7 Ways to Raise A Musical Baby

One of the most wonderful forms of self-expression parents can foster within their children is the ability to play music. Happily, it is possible to get started doing so while the baby is still in the womb. Raising a musical child has many advantages more even than can be accurately calculated.

Best Things to Do with Your Kid this Weekend

Days and years fly when you're a full-time employee and parent. One day you're going to wake up to find that your little boy or girl is all grownup about to head off to college. So you've got to make the time you have together count.

Choosing the Right Wooden Educational Toys

Wooden toys make a terrific choice for educational toys because they are durable and safe.

5 Educational Benefits of Stuffed Animal Toys

Often, a child's first toy might be a teddy bear or another stuffed animal. Stores are full of stuffed toys, and there are even entire businesses dedicated to customizing stuffed animals.

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