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Excellence found in Chatham County public schools

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:39am

So it's the last day of school for Chatham County public school kids. Let summer begin!

Oddly enough, as I drove my kids to school this morning for their last day of 4th and 3rd grades, they discussed how they wished they could go to school all year and how school is more fun than summer. Apparently summer is boring, just sitting around watching tv all day (which is not even what my kids do!).

Happy Mother's Day!!

by Traci Schumacher on Sun, 05/11/2014 - 1:00pm
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Happy Mother's Day, ladies!! Even as you treasure your children, you are a treasure to them, whether they understand that now or not. Keep up the good work, and know that you are treasured.

Why we celebrate our family story

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:01am

This weekend my husband and I treated our kids to ice cream at Dairy Queen as part of our little guy's birthday celebration weekend. As we sat around the table with our cool treats, our 8-year-old, with a twinkle in his eyes, requested, “Tell us again how much trouble we used to be!” His brother and sister cheered in agreement.

Which Facebook quiz are you?

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:45pm

Have you taken any of the numerous quizzes on Facebook? By answering a few questions, you can discover what movie character you are, the country or city you should live in, what kind of parent you are, and so on. Oooh, very interesting!

Living with Superman

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:10am

You probably didn't know this, but I live with Superman. Most of the time he is undercover as a preschooler who goes by the name Evan. But then duty calls, and he transforms into his superhuman self, cape and all.

Sometimes Superman likes to go to Target. We went the other day, and our fellow shoppers were clearly impressed by the sight of the Man of Steel. It's not every day that he walks so openly among the public.

How my 4-year-old's expectations changed the value of a quarter

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:12am

So my children were all playing on electronics recently when I told them it was time to move on to other pursuits. My 4-year-old promptly logged off the computer while his older sister and brother tried to wrap up their games.

I happened to have a quarter in my pocket, so just for fun I gave it to my little guy as a spontaneous reward for being the first to do as I had asked. I do not usually reward my kids like that for simply doing what I ask. I expected him to be happy with the little gift.

Springtime hiking at Fort McAllister

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:58am

Spring came to visit yesterday with her sparkling sunshine and warm breezes. In celebration, our family hit the trails at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. My husband and I guided our merry band of children and dogs as they happily bounded down the trail. Even our 4-year-old, who sometimes mysteriously “can't walk,” zipped along pretending he was riding an electric bobcat (yeah, I don't know).

How a booster seat caught me by surprise

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:39pm

The path of childhood is marked by milestones, some bigger and some smaller. There are the obvious ones like first steps, the first day of school, and the first tooth to fall out. I keep a mental list of these milestones as a sort of guide that my kids and I are on the right track with everything progressing in a healthy way. It's not a deliberate checklist that I planned. More like just a sense of what's ahead and what to expect.

Sometimes, though, the milestones are smaller, perhaps less celebrated, and unexpected. And yet they can stop me in my tracks and tug at my heart.

My daughter's birthday party: finding the balance between Special and Practical

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:35pm

It's February, and the birthdays are sneaking up on me again. I can't understand how events that I know are coming every single year can repeatedly take me by surprise, finding me unprepared. But here we are.

My little girl will turn 10 soon, and she has an extensive list of ideas for her birthday party. In fact, if we did every girly “spa extravaganza” activity she has imagined for her birthday, it would require more than a full day and a staff of assistants to pull it off.

How a Screen Fast can boost the fun factor in your home

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:21pm

I have a love hate relationship with screens. Screens... you know, the kind kids love to stare at for hours on end, playing video games or watching tv shows and movies?

I love for my children to have fun, and I happily acknowledge that they can have fun and learn certain skills and knowledge from video games. And I love movies and shows that are funny, inspirational, thought-provoking. There can be a lot of value on a screen.

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