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Parenting Series Part 3: Praise and Encouragement

October 24, 2017 at 12:48 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, Education, encouragement, extracurricular activities, General, Health, Local Tips, parenting, parents, praise, sports, STEM, tips


Praise and Encouragement

I recently read an article by Kids Matter about the value of praising our children and how it affects their development early in life. Even though I have a degree in early education that says I know my stuff, I somehow have forgotten about the power of praise with my own children. It wasn't so apparent until recently when we brought home our fourth child (read: final child) through international a doption. Friends, allow me to tell you a little known secret about adopting an older child from a third world country. It is really stinkin' hard. I'm not talking crying over spilled milk hard. I don't mean bad day at work hard. I'm talking about wondering if you made a huge mistake, kicking and screaming, ugly, begging God to make the fits stop hard.

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6 Questions for Choosing the Right Extracurricular Activity for Your Child

August 24, 2017 at 12:16 PM / by Gabby F. posted in After School Enrichment, chess, Education, Entertainment, extracurricular activities, General, goals, personality, Soccer, sports, STEM, Theater

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We did it!

We made it to the end of this series and one big question remains. How do I know what extracurricular activity to sign my child up for? There are so many options. Here are six helpful questions you should ask yourself that will help you choose the right extracurricular activity for your child.

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Sports: Extracurricular Activities for the Athletic Child

August 10, 2017 at 12:22 PM / by Gabby F. posted in coach, coaching, extracurricular activities, Football, General, Karate, Local Tips, parenting, parents, Soccer, sports


Extracurricular Activities for the Athletic Child

Physical activity is certainly something that is very important for children to have on a regular basis. Soccer, football, baseball, wrestling, karate, tennis, dance, gymnastics, etc. are all great ways to keep your child involved and active. With the growing list of sports or activities that children can be involved in, parents are asking the question, where do we begin? How do we know which sports are a good option for our child? While there is no finite science to determining the answer to this question, allow me to share some thoughts that might help you make an informed decision.

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