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11 Tips for Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child - UPDATED!

February 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby Fisher posted in Education, Entertainment, Local Tips, parenting, parents, Partners, registration, special needs, sports, STEM, summer, Summer Camp, summer camp for kids, summer camps

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It's high time to start thinking about summer plans for the kiddos! Choosing the right camps might seem like a daunting task, but no need to worry. This article offers you concrete tips for choosing the right camps for your kids. As a mother of four, I understand the feeling of urgency, and I'm ready to help ensure your kids have a fantastic summer camp experience.

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Featured Partner: Courtney Harris Coaching

January 3, 2018 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in child centered, children, coaching, Communication, communication with kids, Education, General, Health, Kids, parenting, parents, special needs, teenager, teens, therapy, trust

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This week’s featured partner is Courtney Harris Coaching.

Courtney is a Child-Centered Coach who specializes in working with pre-teens, teens (typically 11 – 19 year olds), and their parents. We know that mental and emotional health is very important for our children and teens. However, like me, you may not be familiar with what coaching is about so I took time to chat with Courtney to learn more about what coaching is all about.
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Three Things I Learned by Volunteering at My Children’s School

December 18, 2017 at 11:00 PM / by Gabby F. posted in Christmas, Christmas tree, Education, foster care, General, grief and loss, Health, holiday, Kids, parenting, parents, special needs, tree

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For the past two days, I had the privilege of volunteering at my children’s elementary school. In our small, rural community it seems that everybody knows everybody. However, after spending some time with the students, it became very clear to me that I don’t know as many people as I thought I did. While I won’t share any real names or personal information, I do want to tell you about the lessons spending time with these awesome kids taught me.

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8 Reasons Why Pre-K Programs Are Good For Kids

November 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in crime rate, early childhood education, early education, Education, General, gross motor skills, Health, illness, News, parents, play, pre-k, Preschool, special needs

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For many parents, whether or not to put their child into an early childhood education program before he or she begins school is a tough decision. Many parents find themselves wondering the following:

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Parenting Series Part 4: 10 Easy Ways to Parent Well

October 31, 2017 at 1:12 PM / by Gabby F. posted in children, General, Health, Kids, parent resources, parenting tips, parents, special needs

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Being a parent is hard work.

It's often said that parenting is the hardest job out there. While I tend to think farming or other labor intensive jobs might not always be a bundle of fun, I do tend to agree with this statement. While parenting doesn't always have the physically taxing piece, the mental exhaustion and the em otional part gets me every time. I've met parents who absolutely love being moms and dads, but I have never met anyone who has told me parenting is easy. I often tell people that my children are my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. Boys and girls aren't any different. They are just super fun and seriously maddening in different ways.

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Special Needs: One Mother's Story

September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM / by Gabby F. posted in disabilities, Education, General, Health, IEP, learning support, reading disability, special needs

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Pride and Joy

My kids are my pride and joy. They remind me not to take the world too seriously and they show me the value of being silly. Just like any parent, I want my children to be wildly successful and thrive in life.

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Foster Care: What You Need To Know

May 28, 2017 at 9:55 PM / by Gabby F. posted in Education, foster care, foster parents, General, Health, special needs

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May is Foster Care Month.

Foster care is a beautiful and difficult thing. In the United States, roughly 428,000 children are in the foster care system. In 2015, that number climbed as high as 670,000. On average, children who enter foster care remain in the system for at least two years until they are reunited with their families, adopted, emancipated, or otherwise. (Source)

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Autism Awareness

May 9, 2017 at 12:23 AM / by Staff Writer posted in autism, disorder, Education, special needs, spectrum

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In April, we celebrated Autism Awareness month, and while we are a little late getting this post up, we felt it was important to highlight. Autism is affecting families now more than ever before so we felt it was better to be a little late than not address it at all.  So with that being said, let's check out this thing called autism.

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