Author Archives: Judy

I’ve been gone a while—I’m Ba-a-a-ack!

Life sometimes surely gets in the way, doesn't it!  It's been 6 months since my last post and there is so much to catch up on.  So, given a flimsy excuse, you can expect more posts in the near future. … Continue reading

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“Little Women” for Big and Little Girls

When was the last time you read "Little Women"?  Have you seen the movie?  I just watched it for the first time (the one with Winona Ryder) this last weekend and I'm thinkin' it might be a really good movie … Continue reading

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Who’s Who in Your Family “Zoo”?

 Every individual person in every family has a unique combination of skills, aptitudes and interests.  And, in case you hadn't noticed, some of us are better than others at certain tasks.  Some kids understand math easier than others; some kids are … Continue reading

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If Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,
what’s a frustrated parent to do???

Katie Couric (on CBS) recently reminded us that sugary cereals are a real problem for many children.    And, since kids want sugary cereals, parents have to take charge….Sure!   Check out Katie's video article below–       < Watch CBS … Continue reading

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Help for Underachievers

 According to a column  in "The Parent Paper"  at  there are quite a few reasons that kids may be struggling at school.  Some may just have "B.A.D."–or simply a  ‘bad attitude disorder."  Some may truly not understand the material … Continue reading

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Preventing a Swine Flu epidemic–from within your family

It can be really scary if one of your kids comes home with symptoms of the flu. How are you going to keep it from spreading to your other family members? Following are some unofficial (but logical and practical) ideas … Continue reading

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Climate Change?
Start your conversation here…

  What’s is “Climate Change” about?  Who does it affect? Can we (you and me) make a difference?  This amazing 12 minute video provides a variety of ways to look at Climate Change…and it can stimulate conversations at home, science projects … Continue reading

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Hassle-Free Homework? Is it possible???

According to an article by Barbara Minton in at  Natural  it is.  She proposes that parents can benefit (and so can kids) by returning the responsibility of homework back to the actual person who is affected–the kid!  It might seem counter-intuitive to … Continue reading

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Sizzle, Sizzle….my Kid’s Having a Homework Meltdown!

Homework can be pretty daunting sometimes.  But Dr. Yvonne Fournier has an insight that I think is really valuable–it's about time.   I don't mean "finally, we've got an answer".  Nope, it actually IS about tick-tock "TIME".   According to Dr. Fournier, … Continue reading

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Parents–Know thyself

Being a parent is full of successes and pitfalls.  Have you noticed?  Some days you feel like the "windshield" with power and purpose and sometimes you're sure you're the "fly" wondering how you got splatted.  There is something to be said for … Continue reading

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