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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

The 5-Minute-A-Day Fix For My Moody Tween

By Rachael Herrscher

It was the five minutes I didn't realize I needed to spend. I don't know about you, but my 5th grade daughter can be a roller coaster. We range between a set of emotions that feels something like "pretty please I'll do my chores let's go to Target" to "you're ruining my life!", "you're so embarra... 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

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

Kid President’s Letter to Babies on Their First Day on Earth

By Rachael Herrscher

You should give people high fives just for getting out of bed. I agree. ... Read More

The Family That Ran 680 Miles to Disneyland

By Rachael Herrscher

Guest post from Erin Harding, Salt Lake City Let me start by stating we are nerds.  I know this. So, the excitement of Christmas had just wound down, and I was bracing myself for a long, inversion-ridden winter.  January and February were going to be hard (if it was anything like 2013).  What ... Read More