10 Fun Fantastic Fabulous Activities

10 Fun Fantastic Fabulous Activities, and not your every day nice weather activities, can make the difference between the 2017, and a Fun Fantastic Fabulous 2017.

Yes, you may have an after school job, and a ton of homework, but there’s still plenty of time to have some fun. You can approach every weekend wondering how you are going to spend it, or you can put these 10 Fun, Fantastic and Fabulous Activities (albeit, a bit oddball) into your schedule.

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Reframe Your Diet: 5 Eye-Openers That Can Change Your Life

Reframe Your Diet: 5 Eye-Openers Can Change Your Life

Let me begin by saying…

You Can Do It! I Know You Can!

You just have to reorient your thinking so it enhances your success. practice Start here to reframe your diet:
A habit is something you do automatically, without thinking, so make your goal to habitually have a healthy diet. They say it takes 60 days to form a habit.
If that’s true, dig out your calendar and count off 60 days. Mark that date as the day you will be living with your new habits. All you need to succeed is to have your eyes opened.

Eye-Opener #1:

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Mom, as a child did you sneak into your mother’s room to explore the wonders it held? Did you try on her jewelry? Play with her mascara? Totter around on her heels?

Leave Me Alone (not really)

If you did, you know from personal experience teenage girls are eager to emulate their mothers, the most important female figure in their lives

Your precious girl wants to experience life as you do, and her teenage brain makes her want it NOW. She wants your high heels, your m

ake-up, your perfume, your confidence, your maturity. She wants it all. If you do it, your daughter copies it. If you live it, it must be desirable, so she wants it for herself.

She wants to be you. Pay attention to what you do, because she watches everything.

If you are the living, breathing example your daughter follows, have you examined the lessons you inadvertently teach her? Let’s take an objective judgment-free look at yourself. What does she see? Read more ›

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The Inner Game Of Tennis Is Played Against Yourself

Inner Game of Tennis is played against yourself


Player A swats the tennis ball out of bounds. “Oh no! You stupid imbecile! How could you miss such an easy shot? Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” cries Player A, angry with herself. That’s one way to handle the Inner Game of Tennis. Read more ›

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The Quick Solution to Tantrums

Mother Daughter Relationship Retreat

Quick Solution to Tantrums by Deborah Ann DavisThe Quick Solution to Tantrums came purely by accident. I would love to say I planned and was prepared for it, but I wasn’t. My daughter’s first public meltdown left me scorched, but victorious.

Creating the Tantrum

The first time you bribed your toddler with sweets to head off a tantrum, you handed her a little of your power. She probably didn’t understand she had control over you. At that age she understood screaming and thrashing produced a treat. It might have seemed like a lot of effort, but, hey…it worked. She had discovered your first button…and how to push it. Read more ›

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Rocking Your Final Exams 2

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Rocking Your Final Exams
Part 2

The end is near. The question is, are you going out in a blaze of glory during your final exams, or are you going to crash and burn?

I vote for the first one. Here’s some ideas how to help yourself finish the school year strong. Read more ›

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Rocking Your Final Exams

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Rocking Your Final Exams
Part 1

If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards your Final Exams Prep…Again. Yes, I know April just ended, but it’s time, and who doesn’t love a good strategy for ending the school year strong? (Hey parents, you need to share this article with your kids. You might be able to avert most of that End-Of-The-Year-Stress.)

About that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of your final exams…Here’s a way to minimize it. Read more ›

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That Is Not What That Meant

Just because they can read it doesn’t mean they can understand it. My daughter and Harry Potter were the same age when the series came out. She insisted that she could read that book, so I got it for her. And like a good mommy, I read it myself so I would know what we were feeding her mind. Then, we had family book talks while driving in the car, and many times we had to tell her, “That is not what that meant.” It did turn out to be a great vehicle for discussing prejudice because, even though we are all Muggles, we are also a mixed family.JK Rowling

That is not what that meant.

Despite my due diligence and our many discussions, a couple of years later my daughter was trying to explain to me how the Dursley family had treated Harry Potter kindly.

What? Are we talking about the same book?

Even though she could read the words, her limited life experiences colored her interpretations of the story events. Her little fourth grade mind had formulated an alternative understanding, which she still believed. And, she had a slew of arguments to defend her position:

  • Bringing Harry along to the zoo with them was a generous gesture by the Dursleys.
  • Dudley was kind to share the rest of his unwanted treat.
  • And, of course, living under the stairs in that really cool room was an enviable privilege!

I was faced with a dilemma. Should I explain the truth to her, or leave it alone because it was so funny? (“Tell your aunt how the Dursleys treated Harry, honey.”) >giggle<  In good conscience, I knew I had to tell her, “That is not what that meant,”


More Examples of Reading Ability Outdistancing Comprehension.

Example 2: One of my favorites is when she plopped down on the couch next to me, beaming. Reaching up, she began tapping on her eyelashes, obviously waiting for me to comment.

“What are you doing?” I asked, grinning back.

Her face fell at my lack of understanding. “Mom! I’m batting my eyelashes!”

Okaaay. That is not what that meant.

Example 3: How about the vocabulary that comes out of a young reader? On her ninth birthday, she announced, “Now that I’m almost a teenager—”

“Hold it!” I had to stop her right there. “You are not almost a teenager. I will tell you when you are almost a teenager.”

“But Mom, I’ll be an add dole lee sent at ten.” At least, that’s what she said. What she was trying to say was ‘I’ll be an adolescent at ten.’ (What in the world was she reading?) I now know never to make fun of a person who mispronounces words, because that means they are a true reader, but at the time I was rolling on the floor laughing. (It’s okay. She still turned out alright.)

Example 4: Don’t think this Reading versus Comprehension phenomenon is just about my brilliant child (objectively speaking, of course). A mother purchased my book, Fairly Certain, for her son, but her second grade daughter insisted she could read the book, too. The child flipped it open, and bless her heart, started correctly reading, and pronouncing, the words.similar to authors like Janet Evanovich

Chris snickered. “Sounds like a bumper sticker.”

The little girl looked up. “What does a bumper sticker sound like?”

I told you it wasn’t just my kid.

How about your kid?


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March For Science

NSTA t-shirts March for Science

Science touches everything we do— including the safety of the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. According to Jonathan Foley and Christine Arena, it affects the kinds of diseases we get and the medicines we use. It dictates what our kids are taught in school, what is discussed in the news, and what is debated in Congress. Science affects the jobs we have, and what powers our economy. It needs our help to remain pure, so join the March for Science. Read more ›

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Teaching Environmental Science in the Inner City

Teaching environmental science in the inner city by Deborah Ann Davis

I was teaching Environmental Science in the inner city in Connecticut. Usually, when a high school student is enrolled in an Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) class, one would expect it would be by choice. However, when the administration’s goal is to offer the largest variety of AP (Advance Placement) classes in the city, filling the seats becomes the priority, and choice is thrown out the window. The result: raging discontent that makes it a little difficult for

Teaching Environmental Science in the Inner City

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