Parenting

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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This Can’t Be Normal! Are You Busy, Too? This Was My Insane Tuesday 11/10/2015

This Can’t Be Normal! Are You Busy, Too? This Was My Insane Tuesday 11/10/2015

Are you insanely busy, too? This was my Tuesday… I’m sure I’ve told you this before, right? Tuesdays are my favorite days. I’m a busy mom. I know all moms are busy, but some days I think I’m insane in the membrane busy! I could cut out a lot of things in my life. Maybe, […]

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10 No-Cost Family Outing Ideas

10 No-Cost Family Outing Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CambioConfiable #CollectiveBias 7 No-Cost Family Outing Ideas One of the biggest changes after the triplets were born was our (in)ability to go out as a family. Having a family outing was one of our favorite things to do. Once […]

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Lifestyle

Xfinity ® X1 Tiene Todo En Tu Idioma: It’s In Your Language!

Xfinity ® X1 Tiene Todo En Tu Idioma: It’s In Your Language!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine.  #entuidioma @XfinityLatino There is nothing that makes my son Pedro happier than Soccer. He loves soccer. And, he likes it in Spanish! Seriously, it’s a MUST! To him, there is nothing like the sound of the sports announcer screaming G-O-O-O-L-L-L! […]

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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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From Couponing to Grouponing: My Favorite Deals

From Couponing to Grouponing: My Favorite Deals

This post is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are my own. From Couponing to Grouponing: My Favorite Deals After my triplets were born, I started couponing. I loved it and got really good at finding the perfect deal. At first, it was fun. Next thing I knew, my life was taken over by couponing. I was […]

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Laugh at Your Most Embarrassing Moments: Twitter Party + Prizes

Laugh at Your Most Embarrassing Moments: Twitter Party + Prizes

This post has been sponsored by Acorninfluence.com and their client. All opinions are my own! My most embarrassing moments. I have a lot of them. I’m talking too-many-to-count, a lot! I can’t even tell you which moments are my most embarrassing, but I’d be lying if I said that the “uh-oh have I wet myself?” moments weren’t […]

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Casting Call: Casting This Week for the Most Unappreciated Mom in America

Casting Call: Casting This Week for the Most Unappreciated Mom in America

This is an ACT NOW casting call post! My friend Teresa Mason is looking for you. Well, if you, are her; the most unappreciated mom in America. Do your kids, husband, and family under-appreciate you? Are you fed up with being fed up? Then, this is for you!  ACT NOW ON THIS CASTING CALL FOR […]

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Sesame Street Valentine’s Day Twitter Party

Sesame Street Valentine’s Day Twitter Party

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and our friends at Sesame Street are gearing up for a special episode that’s all about showing love to our family and friends! As Latino parents, we’re familiar with the concept of familial affection growing up and we want our children to know it’s OK to show feelings. Sesame […]

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Food & Drink

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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Nesquik® Is the Official Post-Game Beverage of American Youth Soccer Organization

Nesquik® Is the Official Post-Game Beverage of American Youth Soccer Organization

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Nesquik® and Latina Bloggers Connect. #QuikWins However, all opinions are my own.  Nesquik® Is the Official Post-Game Beverage of American Youth Soccer Organization. Most likely, if you’ve visited us here before, ever, you know that our lives revolve around soccer, year-round. It’s a family sport. Antonio, my oldest, starting playing […]

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{ad} Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Love + Downloadable Hispanic Chicken Salad Recipe

{ad} Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Love + Downloadable Hispanic Chicken Salad Recipe

I am happy to be a Rubbermaid® Ambassador. This post has been sponsored by Rubbermaid®. Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Love + Hispanic Chicken Salad Recipe Lately, my older children were coming home from school claiming to be starving! That’s so dramatic, but they really were hungry. Just because I try to have dinner ready before the […]

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Crafts & DIY

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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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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DIY Polka Dot Carry & Go Snack Cup + Polka Dot Dessert: Loaded Go-Paks!

DIY Polka Dot Carry & Go Snack Cup + Polka Dot Dessert: Loaded Go-Paks!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackAndGo #CollectiveBias DIY Polka Dot Carry & Go Snack Cup: Loaded Go-Paks! At the end of Summer, I really thought I had all the back-to-school stuff figured out. I had my time all planned out, right down to weekly snack […]

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Erase Stress With This DIY Homework Station + Reading Log Printable

Erase Stress With This DIY Homework Station + Reading Log Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias Erase Stress With This DIY Homework Center + Reading Log Printable Most of the Summer, I was very anxious about the new upcoming School year. If you’ve been following along, you know that our old District denied […]

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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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Xfinity ® X1 Tiene Todo En Tu Idioma: It’s In Your Language!

Xfinity ® X1 Tiene Todo En Tu Idioma: It’s In Your Language!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine.  #entuidioma @XfinityLatino There is nothing that makes my son Pedro happier than Soccer. He loves soccer. And, he likes it in Spanish! Seriously, it’s a MUST! To him, there is nothing like the sound of the sports announcer screaming G-O-O-O-L-L-L! […]

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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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Monster Jam ® Is Coming Back to the Bay Area: Win Free Tickets

Monster Jam ® Is Coming Back to the Bay Area: Win Free Tickets

This Monster Jam ® post is sponsored by Feld Entertainment. All opinions are my own. Monster Jam ® has become one of my family’s favorite shows! I’m so excited to be attending next month with my now 6-year-old triplets, my tween, my teen, and even dad will be joining the fun. But, that’s not all! I’ve also been given […]

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I Was So Afraid, I Jumped Out Of My Kitchen Window

I Was So Afraid, I Jumped Out Of My Kitchen Window

I Was So Afraid, I Jumped Out Of My Kitchen Window Nope, I wasn’t drunk. I was afraid. I was overcome by that run-for-your-life kind of fear. The kind of fear that makes you irrational. You know, flipping crazy! That was me, because I lost it. There was no way I was going to die […]

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From Couponing to Grouponing: My Favorite Deals

From Couponing to Grouponing: My Favorite Deals

This post is sponsored by Groupon. All opinions are my own. From Couponing to Grouponing: My Favorite Deals After my triplets were born, I started couponing. I loved it and got really good at finding the perfect deal. At first, it was fun. Next thing I knew, my life was taken over by couponing. I was […]

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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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Special Needs

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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7 Things All Parents of Children With Autism Need To Hear From You

7 Things All Parents of Children With Autism Need To Hear From You

Maybe it’s because we’ve all said the wrong thing before, that my article last week, 7 Things You Should Never Tell A Parent of A Child With Autism got so many shares and views. While there were plenty of readers who have some type of relationship with Autism, I’m sure there were just as many people who were […]

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