Author Archives: Christine

Affordable STEM for the Win!

I don’t know about your kiddos, but my daughter LOVES science. And I’m all about nurturing that love wherever I can. We signed up for a Union Station membership which allows us access to Science City anytime we want to … Continue reading

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And Along the Way? Have Some Fun!

Recently, Em asked for some flavored lip balms. I found a cool pack of soda-flavored Lip Smackers on Amazon and she was tickled to get them. And then today? I stopped by Dollar Tree where everything is a dollar and … Continue reading

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Stop the Hamster Wheel, Take the Time

A friend of mine posted a video on Facebook that really resonated with me. You can view it here. I have been actively trying, for the past six years or more, to be more present with my child. My mind … Continue reading

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Enter the Seesaw – the Push and the Pull

It began the last day of school. The doubt. The longing. Em was suddenly unsure what she wanted to do – return to homeschooling or return to public school in the fall. And I will admit, I was of two … Continue reading

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The Last Day of Fifth Grade

Today is Em’s last day of fifth grade. And I have mixed emotions about it, I really do. Last August, in the throes of self-doubt, fears that I wasn’t doing right by her, feelings of overwhelm, and more – I … Continue reading

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Heart on a String and The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown Today someone asked me, “So what happens next?” I shrugged and smiled, “It’s not up to me. It’s up to a judge and damn, I would not want that job, not in a million years.” “So it … Continue reading

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One Week As a Foster Parent

I was sitting on the porch with a new neighbor,┬álearning more about her, when the phone rang. Heck, I didn’t even hear it. My daughter came to the front door, phone in hand. “I have a 2-year-old little girl who … Continue reading

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Reading Spikes and the Big Green Light

I’m so stinkin’ excited, folks. I can’t even tell you how excited! Well, I will, right now actually… The Right Way to Start Off the Week Finally, after weeks of delays, and a nearly seven-month-long process, we received our foster … Continue reading

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Behavior and Consequences – Without Yelling or Tears

In mid-February, I looked into my daughter’s bedroom and realized I had had enough. “All the way, up to here, couldn’t stand the mess one more minute” kind of enough. “Clean your room,” had become a daily admonition, complete with … Continue reading

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Kidpreneurship

I’ve been on a book buying spree. Don’t judge me! And a month or so ago, I bought a couple of money and entrepreneurship books for kids. Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas introduces the idea of entrepreneurship, something close … Continue reading

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