Monthly Archives: December 2010

Sibling Rivalry: Five Strategies to Reduce It

I was in the library a few days before Winter Break and ran into my friend Sherry, a regular Play. Fight. Repeat. reader.  Being an astute parent, Sherry was aware that our upcoming school vacation with kids home for much … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday #2

This year’s favorite ornament, handmade by my Swedish friend, Ulrika 2010.

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Paying Kids for Failing: A Backward Reward System That Worked for Me

My stepfather, Dan, passed away last June and I dearly miss him. The most recent reason is that he was the person I’d phone first when I’d failed at something. Dan entered my life when I was 9 and heavily … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday #1

Wordless Wednesday is a phenomenon in the blogging world I just learned of.  It encourages bloggers to use a photo to express what they might otherwise say with words.

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Bicycling to School Can Improve Learning

Last Spring “Bike to School” day took place in our town.  I know, it sounds really straightforward and conjures up memories of one’s own childhood when every day was bike to school day.  No one ever needed to create an … Continue reading

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Counterintuitive Study Strategies

I’ll start with an admission I’m not that proud of.  Ever since my oldest child was in first grade and began receiving real homework, I’ve been attempting to create a regular homework routine at our house.  Five years later, I … Continue reading

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