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saved by the bell

for whom the back to school bell tolls

August 21, 2014

Summer is fantastic. And long. And slightly frustrating. And did we say fantastic? Truth is, most of us operate better with a little routine, especially once you have kids. And that’s what back-to-school time is all about. That yellow bus means we rise and shine about the same time each day, breakfast, everyone knows what they need to wear (that doesn’t mean it’s always clean), where they need to be and when.

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book club or snack club?

the secret psychology of summer book club

July 31, 2014

A neighborhood book club one of us joined has three unwritten rules: come comfy, it doesn’t matter if you’ve finished the book and come hungry. We found that saying this eliminated a lot of the stress that comes with one more thing on your calendar.

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The kids are alright, are you?

have the kids hold you accountable. They never forget.

July 14, 2014

If you want to reach a goal, tell your kids. Break a bad habit? Your 10 year old will turn into the eye in the sky. There’s nothing like being busted by a boy who takes his job very seriously.

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come as you are

fun for real people

June 27, 2014

Columnist, humorist and mother of three, Erma Bombeck reflected on what she might do differently if she had life to live over. On the list: “I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and sofa faded.”

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work some wonder into summer

8 ways to find the wonder in summer

June 18, 2014

Someone posted a picture on Instagram the other day of their two boys sitting at the kitchen island practicing their handwriting. About one week into summer vacation and they looked obedient and focused. How much do you want a bet one of them launched a pencil at the cat or stuck his feet in his brother’s face just after that was taken?

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