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Apologies

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I owe an apology to all of the moms I judged prior to being a mom. I saw things and thought I will never do that! Well I am now a mom of three and I have done all of those things I said I would never do! Yikes! My kids will NEVER eat McDonalds…. Read more »

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Back to School Sanity Savers

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I work in education. I was a former teacher. I was ready to be a school “mum”, or so I thought! When my son started kindergarten, I was overwhelmed by the amount of “homework” it took to be a parent of a kid in school. School letters home on Tuesday, class newsletters on Friday, check… Read more »

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Mom Tax

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Federal income tax, state income tax, sales tax, property tax, hotel tax…all collecting money. However, there is one fantastic tax, which I like to call MOM TAX! Mom tax is the best tax! What is Mom Tax? Mom tax is a bite or a taste of anything tasty that I buy for my kids. There… Read more »

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On Delayed Gratification

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Some may call my husband and I crazy, but we told our kids that we are taking our first family trip to Orlando … in November! We have been saving money for this trip and we decided we wanted their input on it as this is not just our memory, but it is theirs too!… Read more »

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Princess Tea Party: Simple Yet Elegant

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Sister Bear was overwhelmed and had “Too Much Birthday.” I feel for her every time I read that book.  That is why I opted to keep a low key birthday for my 4-year-old.  She wanted a princesses themed tea party.  Everyone was encouraged to wear either their favorite princess outfit or a pretty dress.  We… Read more »

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Growth Indicators at Kings Island

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Every year my children’s amazing pediatrician measures their height, weight, and developmental growth, but he has been “missing” the Kings Island Growth Indicator. So, okay…I have made this up, but at our first trip to KI this year, I realized how much the park can show me how much my kids have grown. Kings Island… Read more »

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On Nap Time Struggles

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Once upon a time I had my first child and they took a two-hour nap and slept ten hours each night without waking up.  Then I had a second child and both of them napped at the same time and slept through the night.  Life was good and I felt like I had it made. … Read more »

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! I am living proof! I do not cook dinner or bake…thank goodness for my husband for keeping my family well fed. For birthdays I order cakes and cookies months in advance to guarantee I will not be in panic mode the day of the party. This past… Read more »

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WTF … What’s the Function?

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Every behavior serves a purpose. That purpose is called the function or the “why” the behavior occurs. Behavior “works” for kids when they are “rewarded” or reinforced with what they are seeking. For example, when a child is throwing a tantrum in the Target toy aisle because they want the newest Ninjago Lego Set, the… Read more »

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Tiny Humans

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I am a behavior specialist. I spend my days…AND nights dissecting behaviors, determining the functions of behaviors, and deciding on interventions to put in place to decrease negative behaviors and increase the positive ones. I am also a mother of two. My kids are 4 and 6 and I often hear, “Oh as a behavior… Read more »

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