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Unsolicited Advice for Moms of Freshmen

Don’t you just love freshmen? They’re one of my favorite groups of students- a marvelous blend of big kid psyche and little kid sass, of sophistication and naiveté, of brilliance and idiocy. I taught them science for years, watching them morph from September until June. I can say, without a ...
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Who Has Had Mommy Guilt? (Besides Me?)

Do you experience Mommy Guilt? It’s so prevalent, I’d be surprised if you didn’t. Mine started when I discovered I was pregnant. I felt so guilty about not being 100% excited, even when my daughter was born. I was too scared about screwing up the life of a tiny helpless ...
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Can I Improve My Mother-Daughter Relationship? 

How Can I Improve My Mother-Daughter Relationship? Countless mothers ask themselves this same question all across the country. If your daughter seems to be pulling back from your relationship or if you’re worried you’re screwing up your daughter’s life, then you are experiencing the same thing many mothers before you ...
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Happy Earth Day! 10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water

Happy Earth Day! Save Water for the Planet Want a Great Conversation Starter for engaging your Littles, Middles, and Teens? Be a Planet Hero! Share these ideas with your kids, and turn them into Planet Heroes, too! According to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, if you shorten your shower by ONE ...
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Boost Your Relationship with Earth Day 2022

If you didn't get to capitalize on last month's Earth Hour, you still have time to take advantage of April's Earth Day 2022 and Earth Week 2022. I'm telling you, they make for great Conversation Starters. Do you remember the days when the air was so polluted, it settled like ...
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10 Entertaining Trust-Building Activities

The more positive interactions you have with your children, the more comfortable they will feel around you. That opens a very important door between you in times of stress. They need to feel that coming to you when they have a problem is a Good Idea. That's the trust every ...
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What Happens When the Lights Go Out?

The Family Electric Bill Has your electric bill been high this winter? Mine has. Did you know electricity is measured in kilowatt-hours, or 1000 watts of power sustained over one hour? To put it into perspective, that's the equivalent of a 40 watt light bulb burning for 25 hours, or ...
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10 Great Earth Hour Ideas 2022

What are you doing March 26 at 8:30pm? That’s Earth Hour, you know, the event when the world shuts off the non-essentials for an hour in statement of solidarity in support of our planet. When we lived in a house, we simply shut off the entire building. An hour was ...
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Earth Hour 2022: When Good Kids Go Dark

Looking for a positive way to interact with your kids that encompasses a Teachable Moment? (Of course you are!) Every year, Earth Hour is held 20:30-21:30 hours (8:30-9:30 p.m.) in your time zone on the last Saturday of March. This year it will be March 26. This symbolic day is ...
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