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The One Sentence That Gets My Kids to Take Responsibility

By Rachael Herrscher

"I ______ " Fill in the blank. I call them "I Statements". The thing I've found with sibling spats at my house, is that is usually takes 2 (or 3) to tango. I, like most other parents, tire of being sidelined by kids bringing their latest laundry list of sibling complaints.  Their sentence... Read More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Have You Signed Up Yet?

By Rachael Herrscher

We're working with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge this summer to encourage kids to read! {Don't miss our first post: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer} We just had our official first day of summer break today. We kind of owned Day 1. Chore lists were distributed {and executed}, ... Read More

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer

By Rachael Herrscher

The first thing that happens when summer approaches is that I start making book lists and planning read-a-thons. We hit the library weekly and usually stop by the bakery on the way home. I LOVE the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. My kids range in age from K-6 and there's something f... Read More

5 Things I Didn’t Expect About the End of Elementary School

By Rachael Herrscher

I've pre-mourned this day since he walked through the doors of the kindergarten. I knew he'd leave this building some day and I think I've been dreading it since he was 5. Let's face it, I was pre-mourning the fact that he'd leave my house and go to kindergarten since the day he was born. I liter... Read More

Why Your Child Should Learn To Code

By Rachael Herrscher

We recently hosted a "Code Camp" with Animal Jam focused on kids ages 10-13. Learning to code is much more than just learning about letters and numbers and computers. If you watch kids engage with technology in a way that allows them to create and manipulate it, you can see the lights turn on... Read More

Why We Need To Ban The Phrase “Like A Girl.”

By Ana Connery

This video about what happens to the confidence levels of young girls when we use the phrase "like a girl," whether it's referring to how she runs to how she throws a ball, is making the rounds on social media. Parents of girls everywhere love it because it reminds them that there is nothing wrong ... Read More

8 Traits of Children Who Have Been Disciplined

By Staff

Discipline is they key to raising functional happy children. What this means is that parents need to, first and foremost, be disciplined themselves. If a parent isn’t disciplined there is no chance of disciplining their children correctly.  Discipline should come from natural consequences, or the... Read More

Things You Can’t Do When You’re Not a Toddler

By Rachael Herrscher

Sometimes kids can be . . . rude. Which also reminds me of this hilarious bit by Jim Gaffigan when he was on The Tonight Show: I'm just entering the stage where my kids are telling me that I'm ruining their lives and that they hate me. I think it's called the second toddlerhood . . ... Read More

Always “Like A Girl” Video

By Rachael Herrscher

If you haven't seen this video yet, it's high time, and while you're at it, grab your tweens and sit them down right next to you. From Always:  “You run like a girl” or “you throw like a girl” are common insults we’ve all heard or said at one point. Always, the leader in global fem... Read More

Foster Care: A Unique Kind of Mom

By Staff

Guest post from Larissa Green, a foster, adoptive, and homeschool mom living in rural Kansas. When I first became a foster mom I had a dream. In my dream I was holding and cuddling and loving a darling baby, feeling so proud to finally be a mother. But I soon realized something was wrong – this... Read More