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Summertime Is So DEAR

by Michele July 14th, 2010| Elementary
It's the fourth week of summer vacation, and the kids are enjoying the leisurely pace. There's no reason to rush through the morning routine and no need to keep a strict handle on bedtimes. With no homework and no school, each day finds its own rhythm, typically with a

Vacation Rules

by Ronald A. Rowe July 12th, 2010| Elementary
We all struggle to maintain the balance between discipline and instruction on one side and letting kids be kids on the other. I think I've struck a balance that works for me and for my family - under normal circumstances. But what about circumstances that would best be described

Independence Day

by Ronald A. Rowe July 5th, 2010| Elementary
In honor of Independence Day this weekend, I thought I'd post about another kind of independence. Children start exerting their independence at an early age, and continue to push the boundaries until they leave the nest.

There are so many landmarks along the road to independence, and it is important

Easy Card Games

by Louise June 28th, 2010| Elementary
One of the best types of games you can play with your children is a card game. Why are card games so great? For starters, assuming you already have a deck of cards, you don't have to buy anything for them. There will never be a question about whether

Summer on a Budget

by Ronald A. Rowe June 21st, 2010| Elementary
Summertime, when the kids are home from school, can be a real challenge for parents. If you are fortunate enough to have a stay at home parent in your family, then you have probably skimped and sacrificed to make that possible. And the way things are right

When Mom’s Away

by Ronald A. Rowe June 7th, 2010| Elementary, Helpful Hints

When Mom's away, Dad will have to do. Here's a salute to all the single parents out there. I don't know how you get anything done. My lovely wife is away for a week. "No problem," I told her. I can handle everything.

Now, this is real life, not a

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

by Ronald A. Rowe May 31st, 2010| Elementary
I remember one of the many concerns I had when my first child was born. I was gravely concerned because I didn't know how to teach him to talk. I had a grasp on how I'd teach him to walk, to play baseball, to treat a lady - but

Getting a Dog

by Louise May 24th, 2010| Elementary, Helpful Hints
Last weekend, my family recently adopted a beautiful, one-year-oldDobermanfrom the Doberman Rescue. Her name is Gracie and we adore her! Though our household has only had a cat for the past few years, Gracie will be the third dog to be a part of our family, so

End of the School Year Blues

by Ronald A. Rowe May 19th, 2010| Elementary
The end is near... of the school year, that is. As the end draws closer, parents are faced with a new challenge - keeping the kids motivated and focused on their schoolwork. It seem like it is getting harder each year. There is a real danger of children checking

Fly a Kite!

by Louise May 10th, 2010| Elementary, Preschool
I was sitting in class the other day when I looked out of the second-story window and saw a bright purple object zoom past the window. "What was that?" asked another student who had seen the same spectacle as me. "A kite!" exclaimed yet another student. The object passed

Belated Birthday Party

by Ronald A. Rowe May 5th, 2010| Elementary
My son, Max, spent his ninth birthday confined to a bed as he recovered from an emergency appendectomy. Not the sort of thing a young boy dreams of for his birthday party. Also, not the sort of thing that a young boy forgets or will let his parents

Take Our Sons And Daughters To Work Day Revisited

by Ronald A. Rowe April 26th, 2010| Elementary
I wrote a few weeks back about the upcoming Take Our Sons And Daughters To Work Day. I wound up taking each of my boys for a while, just an hour or so for the four year old and most of the afternoon