Taking the Battle Out of Responsibility

This year my son started third grade. For us, it’s been a whole new ball game. The boy has strengths, to be certain. He is an excellent reader, who loves books. He is kind and funny. He can build things that I could never even dream of creating, but this year has also exposed a couple of his weaknesses. ...

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“No Screens Needed” Winter Break Bucket List

I bet you can relate: Our family finds that the ready availability of screens makes us forget the many things we can do for fun without screens. While it’s wonderful to know Kudoso is here to help us keep tech in check, sometimes we are a little lost on what to do with our screen-free time. With two weeks of winter break fast approaching, all of us parents are going to be struggling to find some good activity ideas for our kiddos. I’ve been brainstorming and here are some ideas for family togetherness that don’t require the use of screens (except perhaps in a little prep time)....

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15 ways to beat the Winter Break Blues

Here in the northwest, we count down the days until the winter solstice. It is only after this, the shortest day of the year, that we begin to get more daylight in the day. While we look forward to the winter break from school time and the celebrations of the Christmas season...

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Making the most of the after school hours

I’ve given my resignation. My reign as “World’s Okay-est Stay at Home Mom” is coming to an end. Back to school means that both of my kids will be in a classroom, all day, September through May. It is equally...

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Video Game Bribery and School Success

A couple years ago, there was a never-ending stream of Nintendo propaganda trickling into our household each and every livelong day. There was a highly anticipated sequel to a popular gaming franchise (it starts with Super and ends with Bros)...

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How Huckleberry Finn Made Me Feel Like a Good Mom

My youngest son has always been a reluctant reader. Sometimes guilt about it consumes me, like during bouts of insomnia when your brain rifles through every failing of your life. "I should have read aloud more when he was little. I...

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Conversation and Presence in a Tech-Connected World

In her September 26, 2015, article in The New York Times, Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation, makes the case for face-to-face conversation. She urges readers to “reclaim conversation for yourself, your friendships and society, push back against viewing...

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Gardening - Feeding the Soul

Every spring my youngest daughter asks me to get her flower seeds on one of my trips to the home improvement store. Once seeds are in hand, we rummage through the garage to find miscellaneous plant pots for her to...

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