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Raising a Book Lover

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When I was four years old, I amazed my Pre-K teacher by flawlessly reading aloud Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman. Not only did I read every word correctly, but I had appropriate inflection in my voice. Child prodigy? … Continue reading

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10 Parenting Tips from Camp Counselors

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At one time in their lives, many of the parents I know were camp counselors. Those same people have told me that their time spent as counselors was great training ground for parenting. Among other things, they learned to comfort, … Continue reading

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Top 3 Posts of 2014

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Dear Sunshine Parenting Reader, Thank you for reading my posts this year! In 2007, I read a book called Writing to the Change the World. I decided that if something I share helps one person, then writing is a worthwhile way to … Continue reading

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15 Books that Inspire my Parenting

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As a fun, year-end activity (at least for a book nerd like me), I’ve pulled some of my favorite books from the shelf and reflected on how they’ve inspired my parenting – and my life. Enjoy! The Blessing of a … Continue reading

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Best Gifts of 2014

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The best thing you can give your children, next to good habits, are good memories. -Sydney Harris “Our home is overrun with more electronic gadgets than there are people.  And, with our kids beyond the age where they ask for … Continue reading

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Is Your Child’s Sport Their Passion or Yours?

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I recently watched a documentary about four athletic kids and their parents. These parents had, according to their own descriptions, given up their careers to dedicate their time and money to their athletically talented child. In each case, the parent … Continue reading

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Why my Family is Celebrating World Kindness Day

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Like most families, we are constantly on the go between school, sports, and other activities. But as I inventory where we’re spending our time, I find (embarrassingly) that most of our activities benefit only ourselves. Our athletic pursuits are fun and … Continue reading

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The List: My Best Parenting Tip

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Before I had kids, there were several things I said I would never let my kids do. Once I was actually a parent, however, many of the “nevers” evaporated in the reality of my day-to-day parenting challenges. My kids did occasionally end … Continue reading

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Screen Overload: 5 New Family Rules

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I have a love-hate relationship with my screens. I know how important it is to get unplugged, and I enjoy many outdoor, non-tech activities, yet I love texting with my kids who are away at college, reading news and seeing pictures … Continue reading

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Stop Dreaming, Start Doing: 5 Steps to Finding Your Career

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This post is dedicated to the fabulous young adults who choose to forgo privacy, sleep, and social media to work 24 hours a day, six days a week, as summer camp counselors.  “What am I going to do with my life?” I … Continue reading