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Moment of the Week - 21

My guitar-playing, dancing twins at your service!  Cute videos!

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 9, 2011 at 11:18am — No Comments

Toddler Tricks - 21

Ways to Trick your Baby:



Problem:  Your kid, to put it mildly, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.  It seems no matter what you do, you are going to be graced with a crying jag leftover from sleep.  Nothing appeases, nothing stops it.  She's just cranky when she wakes up.



Solution:  Try to get there right before she wakes up.  This has worked for me about 50 percent of the time.  It's hard to pull off because sometimes the babies will sleep for an hour, other times…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 8, 2011 at 2:42pm — No Comments

How to celebrate Valentine's Day without flowers and a box of chocolates

Now is the time to start planning a special Valentine’s Day celebration for your main squeeze/spouse/partner.

And special does not mean typical.

First of all, avoid the clichés say NO to Chocolate and Flowers.…

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Added by Charissa Cowart on January 7, 2011 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Valentine's gifts for kids

Say I Love You this Valentine’s Day with a thoughtful gift for your child.

Homemade Card:  Kids love crafts, so make a heart-shaped personalized card for your child.

No Candy: Skip the candy for Valentine’s Day. Many kids still have chocolate left over from Christmas, and the Easter Bunny is just around the corner!…

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Added by Charissa Cowart on January 7, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Valentine's Day parties aren't just for school

 

When the winter blues start to set in - Valentine’s Day warms things up with red and white, and lots of fun!



Valentine’s Day is big celebration at school. This year, why not bring the celebration home, and host your own Valentine’s Day party. You don’t need to be Martha Stewart,… Continue

Added by Charissa Cowart on January 7, 2011 at 1:39pm — No Comments

The Common Denominator

What do teachers and students have in common?  They're all people.  Too often, this similarity is overlooked if not entirely forgotten.  Teachers good and bad fall into their roles, and students, often with some resistance, follow suit.  Ignoring humanity in our school systems does no one any favors, and it only gets worse as the government focuses on test scores and statistics instead of on students.



As I considered who to highlight here, the choices seemed endless.  I could choose… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 7, 2011 at 12:22pm — No Comments

As Twins Grow Up

My girls are identical twins.  I have kept them on the same schedule since birth.  They sleep at the same time, eat at the same time, watch TV at the same time, play at the same time.  Everything is the same.  They even play on the same playground toys at the same time.  It's just easier for me that way.  Plus, they don't seem to mind.  Little did I know I was instigating a mindset that is unknown to most children and that my twins will have to overcome as they grow up.…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 6, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

I Will Die on Every Hill

The moment you start fighting with a toddler, you have already lost.  Everyone loses, but the parent especially.  The main problem is that a toddler will treat every minor infraction with the same amount of vigor.  It doesn't matter if they have just broken their leg or if you gave them cheerios in the wrong bowl.  When your toddler has the fighting spirit, nothing can stop them.  So the question is, how hard should we try? …

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 5, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Should Kids Get Paid For Chores And School Performance?

This is a tough question... On one hand it may be a bit confusing to tie allowance directly to chores because we should be teaching our kids to help around the house when its needed, not just when it is part of their "to do" chores.  Also, it can be very easy for parents to lose track of the chores that have actually been completed. A…

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Added by Kristy Canton on January 4, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

The Hanging Carrot

Packing up, leaving the house in a cluttered disarray of wrapping paper and toy pieces, and hurrying off to the airport at 8 a.m. just before the holidays, I felt nothing but dread as I looked ahead to our day of travel.



First a two-hour car ride to Orlando where we would drop the car off and wait for a shuttle to the airport.  Once there, we would have to check the bags in, go through security, and wait around to board the plane while trying to keep two toddlers amused and calm.  The… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples or adults. Help your kids get excited about V-day with these Valentine’s ideas like games and fun surprises. You can even create your own traditions with your kids.…

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Added by Charissa Cowart on January 3, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Toddler Tricks - 20

Ways to Trick Your Baby:



Problem:  You have something important to do in a timely fashion.  You'll quickly find that nothing turns normally self-entertained, quiet babies or toddlers into snivelling, whiny, needy messes than the knowledge that their mommy or daddy might actually have something to do that doesn't involve them.



Solution:  Tread softly.  Let nothing in your attitude or demeanor betray that you might have something important to do.  Try not to let your…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 1, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

A New Year

New Year's Eve has always been a disappointment in my life.  I'm not sure if that's because it's coming after the enormity that is Christmas, or if the expectations of the night are just too high. Maybe it's because of the immense pressure to finally make something of yourself this year, as if the changing of the calendar has any bearing on your personal goal system.  The falsity of the core concept of the New Year is about all that rings true.



Or maybe I'm just a little bitter. …

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 31, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

Holiday Intensity

Christmas is for the memories.  Christmas is for the anticipation.  Christmas, at least when you're the parent of two year olds, is not for the day, itself.



On Christmas Eve, I excitedly brought down my horribly wrapped presents and placed them carefully under the tree in the most eye-pleasing manner I could manage.  I stepped back to view my work, envisioning the happy day that was surely awaiting us.…



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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 29, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

The Santa Concept

Christmas has been so hectic.  Dragging babies across the country, presents, presents, different foods, different people, presents, a massive snow storm, and, well, presents.





It's amazing how quickly the girls took to the idea of Santa.  We hadn't prepared them for it throughout the season.  We mentioned Christmas.  We told them about presents.  But we…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 28, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Think About What You Say

After two intense weeks of tantrums, screaming, flopping, crying and whining, my kids have finally had a language breakthrough.  For the past four days or so, they have not only been pointing at objects and telling me what they are, but they have been connecting abstract ideas together, using adjectives and nouns to specify their meaning, and using verbs and nouns to create basic sentences and to tell me what they are doing.



They’ve got the command down pat.



“Look,…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 22, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

Free Personal Video from Santa in Minutes

There is a great website where you just follow a few simple steps and your FREE personalized video message from Santa is created in minutes.  It feels like Santa is really talking to your child one-on-one and knows all about their life.  This is our second year making these messages from Santa for our kids, and every time I see one, I can't help but smile.…

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Added by LocalFunForKids on December 22, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Fake Career Woman

A beautiful blogger and great friend of mine wrote a post today about being a fake stay at home mom (during break as a teacher.)  She got a lot of well-deserved hits, and I laughed at myself, saying, "I'm going to post where you post, claiming that SAHM is a career."



But, then, I thought, what the heck, self?  SAHM is a career.



She writes: As a teacher "for several weeks out of the…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 21, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

A Letter to Myself in 2006

Dear Self,



I know you are taking time out of your incredibly intense existence to read this. I know as you look at the page, you aren't able to pensively nibble at the end of your pen as you contemplate the next brilliant phrase to jot down. I know your air of mystery and sexy aloofness must be put on pause, and that the corner couch of the Starbucks will be wasted on you for these few moments, but I have an important message: Get over yourself.



Yes, that's right. Life is… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on December 20, 2010 at 11:37am — No Comments

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