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How To Balance Social Media, Family, And Education

The girls and I, in our online community, often joke around about how we need to turn ourselves into the blogging rehab center.  We can’t seem to get enough of our Social Media fun. Even though many of us are stay-at-home moms, we’ve managed to find some time and energy to fuel our passion for writing, through our day to day blog posts or entrepreneurial ventures. However, doing what we love is not the only pleasure that comes from having a…

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The Importance Of Encouraging

Limitations are not something I accept very freely. In fact, in my 20’s before I met my husband, I actually dumped a guy I had been happily dating because he made one comment that insinuated I wasn’t capable of accomplishing a particular goal. This response to limitations goes back to my childhood. Growing up, my mom used to tell me “You can do anything you want to do. Just set your mind to it and go for it.” And my dad was…

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A Rolling Backpack Or A Traditional Bookbag?

Want to hear a rather startling fact? According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 3,000 children are treated in US emergency rooms every year with, of all things, backpack-related injuries. In fact, the weight and size of the backpacks schools seem to think it is necessary for kids to lug along with them every day is a concern for many doctors and parents. A rolling backpack is often a slightly safer alternative to a traditional backpack, at least…

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Finding the Best Backpacks for Girls

In the eyes of most girls, their school backpacks are a lot more than just something to take their books to school in, they have to be a reflection of their own personal style (whatever that may be at the moment) The best backpacks for girls are those that do indeed have a certain pizazz but are hardy and durable enough to stand up to daily wear and tear as well. See also this video with cute 2017 backpack though…

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Backpacks for Kids – Are Heavy Ones a Danger to a Child’s Health?

How many times have you seen children (sometimes very young ones) struggling down the road towards the school bus carrying what looks to be a ridiculously heavy load in their backpacks? Backpacks for kids are getting bigger all the time and that is because they need to be able to accommodate the ever-increasing amount of “stuff” kids have to take to school. Backpacks for Kids – How Heavy is Too Heavy? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association backpacks for…

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Preventing our children from having prejudices

Back in our hometown, there were 110 children from 2 to 10 years old and less than 5 of these children were not white. The majority of the children in this school have white families and I guess (I take myself as a base) most friends (if not all) are white too. There are many reasons for this to happen (the fact that we were in a white town/school). Basically, it’s a historical, sociological, geographical issue too long for me…

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Simple ways for moms to help and get helped

As a single mom of a single child, I have two reasons to need some time on my own: to have time to focus on my own activities and to let my 4-year old have some guaranteed time playing with other people. A simple swapping kids at a specific day with a friend works wonders. In Brazil, I do this all the time with a friend that lives close by and have a son the same age as Luísa. I…

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“Travelearning” with your children

Traveling with a kid might look scary at first. It definitely looks exhausting (and it is). But once you do it, there is little room for regret. It´s much more than having fun with your kid away from home. It´s about being absolutely thrilled with watching your kid learn things he would never learn at home. It´s about giving him the opportunity to see so much from a young age. The potential in learning during a trip is huge, you…

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What The Heck Is An MH Unit?

The multiple handicapped units in my area are provided by our county’s Educational Service Center.  There are thirteen units scattered across the county in different school districts.  They purport to serve those students with multiple disabilities by providing instruction and experience-based opportunities in the community and to teach job and daily living skills for successfully participating in the community. Speech therapy and occupational therapy is also available in the multiple-handicapped setting.  Are you thinking, “Gee, that sounds great.”   Since my…

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New Mom Hand Pain – De Quervain’s Tendinitis or “Mommy Thumb”

I write this post between gripping my hands and wrists time and time again. Rubbing my thumb, do a little cracking of the knuckles thinking it might help. Does it? Not really. This is only a minor case of what’s known as Mommy Thumb, or De Quervain’s Tendinitis and because I know what causes it and makes it worse, it’s not getting out of control. I had it REALLY bad when Mikey was around 3 months old. It started from…

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