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Parents' Blog

SafeSplash Stories: Snow Days

February 10, 2018

If you are anything like our family, you look forward to snow days with a certain amount of dread and a small tinge of happy remembrance thinking about the snow days of your youth. But by 10 am or so, the happy feelings begin to wane.

The dread comes about because we don’t normally plan an entire day of activities for our kids. On a regular day, they go to school, have “practice,” eat, and then sleep. But when they wake up at 6:30 am like our kids do, find out they are free from any educational restrictions, they seem to ratchet up their energy level like they downed a couple of Red Bulls while cramming a plateful of chocolate chip pancakes covered in syrup and whipped cream into their sticky mouths.

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Wrap It Up! Try a Gift-Wrapping Party!

December 16, 2017

This time of year we are busy. We are busy spending time with my family and friends. We are busy shopping, gifting, chatting, and wrapping. I always want to see my friends during the holidays but, as a parent, I have no time at all for getting together with my friends. Being a parent is hard work and takes a lot of time. Being a friend is equally important, but we devote a lot less time to it.

Many years ago I started a new tradition with my friends, and it has solved some of the holiday stress. It is a wrapping party! It has become one of our most beloved traditions because it ensures we have time for our friends while still getting holiday things done.

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Parenting Tips: Running out of Gift Ideas? Try "Experience Gifts"!

December 09, 2017

Every year as my children get older (mine are 10 and almost 6) I struggle with what to get them for the holidays (not to mention both of their birthdays fall in December and January). They seem to have everything under the moon and our playroom is busting at the seams. I don’t always want to buy them more stuff! One thing I have found more interesting is the idea of “experience gifts.” Here are some ideas:

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Vuja De: The Way to Reverse Your Daily Monotony

November 04, 2017

Déjà vu is defined by Merriam-Webster as
“noun: déjà vu

1a: the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time b: a feeling that one has seen or heard something before.”

We all have had moments of Déjà vu. No one can control or predict when these moments will occur. As parents, there are moments that feel like déjà vu many times a day.

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Competition: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

November 02, 2017

“I never lose; I either win or I learn.”
-Nelson Mandela

For many moms and dads, “competition" is thought to be a dirty word. They argue, not only does it place too much pressure on kiddos to be the best, but it also causes unnecessary stress leaving them feeling discouraged if they don't win.

So, to shield their kiddos from disappointment, many well-intentioned parents avoid competition for their kiddos altogether.

For many other moms and dads, competition is thought to be an unavoidable part of life. They argue that learning to operate in a competitive environment is a valuable skill.

So, to prepare their kiddos for the challenges they will face in adulthood, these parents encourage their kiddos to participate in sports and other competitive activities.

So what is the truth?

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