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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. Here, I’ll talk a bit about the importance of encouraging our children. 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…

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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. So let’s see, what’s better, a rolling backpack or a traditional bookbag? A rolling backpack…

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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)  When it comes to finding the best backpacks for girls, the best ones 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…

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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. So when dealing with backpacks for kids – are heavy ones a danger to a child’s health? Backpacks…

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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. So let’s see what we should do for preventing our children from having prejudices? There are many reasons for this to happen (the fact that we were in…

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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. In this post, let’s look at some simple ways for moms to help and get helped. A simple swapping kids on a specific day with a friend works wonders. In Brazil, I do this all the time with…

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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. “Travelearning” with your children is a great experience! 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…

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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. So what the heck is an MH Unit? Speech therapy and occupational therapy are also available in the multiple-handicapped setting. Are…

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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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I am a parent of a child with autism

Our family has lived in the world of autism since the early 1980’s when our son, Doug, was born. Of course, we didn’t know he was autistic from birth on April 1, 1984, but we grew, as a family, to understand what the world of autism is all about. Like any parent of a child with autism, I would give anything in my world to not have had a reason to learn about this syndrome. I have learned out of…

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