Parenting

5 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Children This Summer

5 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Children This Summer

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with HBO and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 5 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Children This Summer #SesameStreetonHBO #HBOLatino Like a lot of parents, at the end of the school year, I find myself wondering where the time went. For me, it’s always […]

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5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences

5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine. 5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences As some of you already know, thanks to XFINITY Latino, I’m taking my older kids to the Copa America, Argentina vs. Chile game today, in Santa Clara, CA. […]

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Chore Chart BINGO + Printable: Make Cleaning Fun

Chore Chart BINGO + Printable: Make Cleaning Fun

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LimpiaTotal  #CollectiveBias Chore Chart Bingo + Printable: Make Cleaning Fun I love schedules and being organized. An all-inclusive chore chart makes me feel like life isn’t so out-of-control. I like a clean home. The truth is, I need that for […]

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M Is for Mom, Not Maid: Photo Caption Challenge

M Is for Mom, Not Maid: Photo Caption Challenge

Are all these hats really necessary? I’m  not their maid, not their mat, not their martyr, not their master. M is for Mom. Ironically, M is also for Monday and being a Mom on Monday is especially hard. You know it’s true! Today was particularly hard because it was the first day back-to-school after Winter […]

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Preparing to Watch the Awards Ceremonies: Chore Charts & Award Certificate w/ Printables

Preparing to Watch the Awards Ceremonies: Chore Charts & Award Certificate w/ Printables

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AwardWithSavings #CollectiveBias : Chore Charts and Award Certificate with Printables It’s awards season and it has me thinking about some of my most rewarding and non-rewarding moments in 2015. I love watching awards ceremonies. I just feel so happy to […]

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Sports Teach Children Life Lessons: Enter the Hometown All Stars Giveaway

Sports Teach Children Life Lessons: Enter the Hometown All Stars Giveaway

I am sharing this post as part of a collaboration with Bloggin’ Mamas and The Hometown All Stars. I received books and other items in exchange for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.   I’m so thankful for the things my children have learned through sports. It takes a lot of dedication and […]

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Lifestyle

Where’s Your Sense of Humor? Bring Back the Belly Laugh

Where’s Your Sense of Humor? Bring Back the Belly Laugh

This post has been sponsored by Acorninfluence.com and their client. All opinions are my own! Where’s Your Sense of Humor? Bring Back the Belly Laugh #TriedImpressa Do you have a great sense of humor? I do, too! In fact, so does my body. You know what I’m saying here, right? It’s happened to you? Everything is funny to […]

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Siempre Mujer Cover Contest: Last Chance To Enter

Siempre Mujer Cover Contest: Last Chance To Enter

This post is sponsored in partnership with Siempre Mujer, #MusaSiempreMujer2016  All opinions are my own. Siempre Mujer Cover Contest: Last Chance To Enter The #1 Hispanic Beauty magazine Siempre Mujer is hosting a contest in search for our new cover girl!  The magazine is searching for a girl who encompasses it all – beauty, elegance, passion. Women […]

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My Copa America Centenario Experience: What Every Fan Needs To Know

My Copa America Centenario Experience: What Every Fan Needs To Know

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine. My Copa America Centenario Experience: What Every Fan Needs To Know #xfinityfutbol #xfinitylatino If you’re new to my site, let me catch you up to speed on how I got the opportunity to see the Argentina vs. […]

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5 Myths About Strong Women: What People Don’t Know About My Sister + A Giveaway

5 Myths About Strong Women: What People Don’t Know About My Sister + A Giveaway

This post has been sponsored in partnership with Zenni Optical. All opinions are my own. 5 Myths About Strong Women: What People Don’t Know About My Sister + A Giveaway #ZenniStyle Meet my sister, Joelle! I don’t talk about my sisters nearly as much as I should. Joelle and my sister Sarah both live in a […]

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Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks

Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks I’m a bit suspicious about whether or not it’s actually April fools, because – where did April and May go? Aren’t we still in […]

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XFINITY Latino Just Made My Family’s Dream Come True: Big Announcement

XFINITY Latino Just Made My Family’s Dream Come True: Big Announcement

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine. XFINITY Latino Just Made My Family’s Dream Come True: Big Announcement   Have you ever made a promise to your children, that might have been a bit over-the-top? A few years ago, without thinking it through twice, I spit […]

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Food & Drink

Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe

Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackBrighter  #CollectiveBias  Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe It’s officially summer! Pretty soon, not only will my favorite fruits and veggies be readily available, they’ll be on sale after sale after sale. It’s just one of the blessings […]

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Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks

Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias Simply Summer Punch Recipe + Top 5 Summer Movie Picks I’m a bit suspicious about whether or not it’s actually April fools, because – where did April and May go? Aren’t we still in […]

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Zucchini Bread Recipe: Plus Video Tutorial & $500 Giveaway

Zucchini Bread Recipe: Plus Video Tutorial & $500 Giveaway

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SplendaHoliday  #CollectiveBias Zucchini Bread Recipe: Plus Video Tutorial Did you know that the average person consumes more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day? That’s more than TRIPLE the recommended amount for women and more than DOUBLE the recommended […]

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Minion Cheese Spread Recipe for Movie Night: Picture Tutorial

Minion Cheese Spread Recipe for Movie Night: Picture Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MinionsMovieNight  #CollectiveBias Minion Cheese Spread Recipe for Movie Night: Picture Tutorial   Although my kids treat me like some kind of creative genius, I’m really not that creative. I guess that’s why simple solutions, and especially sharing them with you, […]

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Try These Inside Out Treats: Emotions Popcorn Recipe + How To Get a Free Digital Copy of the Movie

Try These Inside Out Treats: Emotions Popcorn Recipe + How To Get a Free Digital Copy of the Movie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions  #CollectiveBias Try These Inside Out Treats: Emotions Popcorn Recipe + How To Get a Free Digital Copy of the Movie It’s no secret that I go to Walmart, a lot. I stop by at least a few times […]

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Mini No Bake Protein Pies Recipe: Ready in 30 Seconds

Mini No Bake Protein Pies Recipe: Ready in 30 Seconds

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessPies #CollectiveBias Mini No Bake Protein Pies Recipe: Ready in 30 Seconds If I don’t have a snack ready for my pre-teen and teen after school, they rush to the fridge, ready to ruin their appetite for dinner with […]

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Crafts & DIY

Upcycled Water Bottle Craft & the Truth About FORO

Upcycled Water Bottle Craft & the Truth About FORO

Thank you to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé ® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own. Upcycled Water Bottle Craft: DIY Hanging Flower Vase As an active family of seven, we drink a lot of water. In my home, FORO (Fear of Running Out) is real. It’s been an issue for a while. My older […]

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Sensory Table DIY Tutorial

Sensory Table DIY Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias DIY Sensory Table + Tutorial I have simple dreams for my children. Being the parent of triplets with Autism changed me in so many unexpected ways. I do not think less of them or their abilities, but I […]

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DIY Mood Jar Tutorial & up to $140 Off Summer Camp

DIY Mood Jar Tutorial & up to $140 Off Summer Camp

This post is sponsored by Galileo Camps but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. DIY Mood Jar Tutorial & up to $140 Off Summer Camp Did I ever tell you that the triplets are obsessed with garbage? My house is like a STEM Camp, every day. They are all about recycling things to […]

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This Simple DIY Science Experiment Accidentally Turned Into a Social Hypothesis

This Simple DIY Science Experiment Accidentally Turned Into a Social Hypothesis

This post is sponsored by Galileo Camps but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. This Simple DIY Science Experiment Accidentally Turned a Social Hypothesis. I’m really trying to expose my children to more science lessons in our day-to-day lives. This simple DIY science experiment seemed perfect since all the kids like to […]

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My Favorite Glade® Winter Collection Picks + Holiday Centerpiece Tutorial 

My Favorite Glade® Winter Collection Picks + Holiday Centerpiece Tutorial 

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SienteGlade #CollectiveBias My Favorite Glade® Winter Collection Picks + Holiday Centerpiece Tutorial During the Holiday season, I don’t give lavish gifts that cost more than I can afford. I limit my spending to the amount I’ve outlined in my […]

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DIY Photo Frame Tutorial: A Perfect Kid Friendly Craft for Christmas Gifting

DIY Photo Frame Tutorial: A Perfect Kid Friendly Craft for Christmas Gifting

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #SaveYourMemories  #CollectiveBias  DIY Photo Frame Tutorial: A Perfect Kid Friendly Craft for Christmas Gifting – Photos printed with the HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner
 I try not to be that mom who is never in the pictures. I […]

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Alicia*s Blog

New Technology Could Soon Put An End to Texting While Driving

New Technology Could Soon Put An End to Texting While Driving

  Could new technology save lives by putting an end to texting while driving? Antonio will be fifteen years old in just a few short months! I can’t believe that my little BABY is taller than me, heading to High School, and almost ready to drive! I snapped that picture above when I was working on […]

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@TheGoToMom Shares a Message of Hope #BostonMarathon

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon   Submitted by: Kimberly C. Blaine ~ @TheGoToMom

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By @247ModernMom “Dead Babies Club”

By @247ModernMom “Dead Babies Club”

One angel.  Two angels.  Three angels.  Four.  Five angels.  Six Angels.  Tens of thousands more. One dead baby.  Two dead babies.  Three dead babies.  Four.  Five dead babies.  Six dead babies.  Tens of thousands more. I read every blog, article, and random ranting I post out loud to myself, over and over again, before I […]

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By @247ModernMom “Abort Mission:  The Journey of a Prisoner at War With Herself and The Battle That Gave Her the Freedom to Cease Fire”

By @247ModernMom “Abort Mission: The Journey of a Prisoner at War With Herself and The Battle That Gave Her the Freedom to Cease Fire”

“I am a LOSER!  I am less than nothing.  The only reason I can figure that God put me on this earth is to show the winners an example of what could have been, if they had been put on earth to define worthless, like me.”  ~Alicia Gonzalez (Sometime, long ago) At some point, early […]

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By @ideabloke “Curve Ball – Master Life’s Hardest Transitions”

By @ideabloke “Curve Ball – Master Life’s Hardest Transitions”

There are few things in life that capture our attention so forcefully than an unexpected transition.  Now to be fair, life transitions and changes can be wonderful things, especially when they’re part of our master life plan.  Transitions are part of life and indicate growth.  These can include graduations, promotions, bar mitzvahs, etc., and are […]

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By @247ModernMom “SM Friends & Parasites: Givers, Takers, Strategists, & Paparazzi”

By @247ModernMom “SM Friends & Parasites: Givers, Takers, Strategists, & Paparazzi”

Memorandum To:      Social Media Icons CC:      Brands From:  24/7 Modern Mom Media Date:    3/07/2013 Re:     SM Friends & Parasites:  Givers, Takers, Strategists, & Paparazzi Okay, boys and girls, I’m going to tell you exactly what I tell my children.  Much like you have probably told your own children.  Not everyone is your friend.  I know that we […]

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New Standards in Public Education

New Standards in Public Education

In case you haven’t heard, there are new standards in public education that will kick in this Fall. They have been named the “Common Core State Standards.” In a nutshell, the new standards are:   uniform and adopted by 45 states so far (exceptions include Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia) which means no matter where […]

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Have a Loving Relationship with the Staff at Your Child’s School: How To Do It

Have a Loving Relationship with the Staff at Your Child’s School: How To Do It

I think we’ve all been there…another school year.  New staff members. How can I make sure I have positive relationships with those at my child’s school? This certainly isn’t a beginning of the year thought but one that parents contemplate frequently and one that I advised on regularly as an elementary principal. As the parent […]

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By @PeggyHarperLee “Teach Your Child to Love Herself”

By @PeggyHarperLee “Teach Your Child to Love Herself”

The top 5 tips to teach your child to love herself Valentine’s Day today is all about romantic love, a concept enthusiastically supported by greeting card companies, florists, and restaurants. By all means, give a card and go with your sweetheart to dinner. After all, one of the best things you can do for your […]

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By @Elizonthego “Women In Business: Intro”

By @Elizonthego “Women In Business: Intro”

This segment of 24/7 Modern Mom is for that mom who is juggling raising her family and working.  Not just working outside the home, but working from within the home.  Perhaps you are starting a business online, or your business is being a stay home mom.  Maybe you are barely grabbing a coffee through the […]

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By @JoaniPlenty “5 Ways to Love Your 40s”

By @JoaniPlenty “5 Ways to Love Your 40s”

1).  Be nostalgic. Do not allow your big hair pictures of the past to get you down.  Instead, think of the good times and reflect on how far you have come. 2).  Forgive. Sometimes, when we look back on our lives, we may feel regret.  Regret for things we have done and regret for the […]

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Waiting For Kaitlyn: True Story Of Love, Life, & Motherhood

Waiting For Kaitlyn: True Story Of Love, Life, & Motherhood

‘ Editor’s Note:  I had dreamed all my life of a daughter named Kaitlyn. Even after my dream faded away — through a miscarriage, bad advice and self-defeat — Kaitlyn fought her way into existence. This is my true story of love, life and motherhood. ________________________________________________________ When I was 20 years old, I was told […]

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Defining Love? Or Love Defining You?

Defining Love? Or Love Defining You?

“I define love thus: The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” (M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled) I love this definition of love. I love it because it embodies the fact that love is an action. I love it because it involves loving myself […]

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Upcycled Water Bottle Craft & the Truth About FORO

Upcycled Water Bottle Craft & the Truth About FORO

Thank you to ReadyRefresh℠ by Nestlé ® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own. Upcycled Water Bottle Craft: DIY Hanging Flower Vase As an active family of seven, we drink a lot of water. In my home, FORO (Fear of Running Out) is real. It’s been an issue for a while. My older […]

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Black Lives Matter is a to-be Turning Point in American History of Systemic Abuse & Exploitation

Black Lives Matter is a to-be Turning Point in American History of Systemic Abuse & Exploitation

Black Lives Matter is a to-be Turning Point in American History of Systemic Abuse & Exploitation   In the United States, Black Lives Matter has become an important, to-be turning point in American history. Black people represented only 13% of the population in 2012. It’s too easy for people to forget this is a minority group. This […]

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Where’s Your Sense of Humor? Bring Back the Belly Laugh

Where’s Your Sense of Humor? Bring Back the Belly Laugh

This post has been sponsored by Acorninfluence.com and their client. All opinions are my own! Where’s Your Sense of Humor? Bring Back the Belly Laugh #TriedImpressa Do you have a great sense of humor? I do, too! In fact, so does my body. You know what I’m saying here, right? It’s happened to you? Everything is funny to […]

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Siempre Mujer Cover Contest: Last Chance To Enter

Siempre Mujer Cover Contest: Last Chance To Enter

This post is sponsored in partnership with Siempre Mujer, #MusaSiempreMujer2016  All opinions are my own. Siempre Mujer Cover Contest: Last Chance To Enter The #1 Hispanic Beauty magazine Siempre Mujer is hosting a contest in search for our new cover girl!  The magazine is searching for a girl who encompasses it all – beauty, elegance, passion. Women […]

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Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe

Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackBrighter  #CollectiveBias  Super Fan Strawberry Cupcakes Filling Recipe It’s officially summer! Pretty soon, not only will my favorite fruits and veggies be readily available, they’ll be on sale after sale after sale. It’s just one of the blessings […]

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My Copa America Centenario Experience: What Every Fan Needs To Know

My Copa America Centenario Experience: What Every Fan Needs To Know

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine. My Copa America Centenario Experience: What Every Fan Needs To Know #xfinityfutbol #xfinitylatino If you’re new to my site, let me catch you up to speed on how I got the opportunity to see the Argentina vs. […]

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Special Needs

Special Needs Parenting: My Biggest Fear

Special Needs Parenting: My Biggest Fear

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Network Niche Influencer Agency and Fun and Function. Special Needs Parenting: My Biggest Fear  #empoweringdifferent  Special needs parenting is an ongoing, often up-hill learning curve. The craziest thing about special needs parenting is that no matter how good  you get at it, your confidence doesn’t increase accordingly. […]

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IEP Meetings Still Make Me Cry: The Two Today Were No Exception

IEP Meetings Still Make Me Cry: The Two Today Were No Exception

IEP meetings still make me cry. The two today were no exception. On any average day, I do things that not just anyone could do. I pull it all together, everyday, somehow. It’s not easy, and I do it anyway. But, I won’t pretend that I have it all figured out. That’s just not the way life […]

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Innovative 3-in-1 DIY Upcycle Tutorial: Wall Art, Instrument, & Sensory Wheel

Innovative 3-in-1 DIY Upcycle Tutorial: Wall Art, Instrument, & Sensory Wheel

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation  #CollectiveBias Innovative 3-in-1 DIY Upcycle Tutorial: Wall Art, Instrument, & Sensory Wheel One of my five-year-old triplets, Andres, is obsessed with tape, garbage, and innovation.  I get nervous about Andres going through the garbage all the time. Sometimes, […]

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A Closer Look at Special Education: Is Your IEP “Policy-Proof?”

A Closer Look at Special Education: Is Your IEP “Policy-Proof?”

A Closer Look at Special Education: Is Your IEP “Policy-Proof?” Yesterday I shared my old fear of “Raising the Kindergarten Bully,” and some of the struggles my Special Education children are experiencing in their new School environment. We had an “emergency” IEP meeting last week, per my request. In my email and at the meeting, […]

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Raising the Kindergarten Bully: An Apology To The Parents of His Victims

Raising the Kindergarten Bully: An Apology To The Parents of His Victims

Raising the Kindergarten Bully: An Apology To The Parents of His Victims Enrique has always been aggressive. Still, he’s one of the sweetest and most affectionate boys you’ll ever meet. He cares deeply about others and is learning, one day at a time, to express his emotions in a more gentle way.   Although, even […]

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Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Remember when your children used to come up to you, give you an energetic poke in the thigh to get your attention, and point? We identified the object they were pointing at, named it for them, and sometimes even let them have it! It wasn’t really that complicated. In fact, teaching children to label things is […]

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