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"Brainstorming" on a school project with my 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 11:22am

This week my 4-year-old brought home an assignment from school to disguise a turkey. On a sheet of thick, white paper was Tom the Turkey, and it was up to the kids to disguise him so the Farmer would not find him for Thanksgiving. The instructions said for parents to “brainstorm” with the child about ways to disguise old Tom. “Be creative,” they said. And, “Use a variety of materials.”

When the mail brought the world into our home

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 10:28pm

The daily mail recently brought us photos of six children living in poverty in nations like Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Three girls and three boys posing for their pictures in hopes of finding sponsors to help them in their lives.

The letter accompanying the photos was from Compassion International, a Christian group that focuses on helping the poorest children of the world. They asked for a special donation to help the kids on the waiting list.

A Soldier’s Best Friend

A Soldier’s Best Friend

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 9:14am

 

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Veterans' Day

by Traci Schumacher on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 5:21pm

As I picked up my 4-year-old from preschool on Friday, he happily announced to me, “We don't have school on Mondays any more. That's what my teachers said.”

I paused for a moment, and remembered this Monday would be Veterans' Day. “Oh. I think they meant just this Monday,” I explained. “This Monday is a holiday so there's no school, but you'll still have school on Mondays usually.”

Lessons from the inevitable ending of festival-won fish

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 11:33am

The fall festival sent us home with three little goldfish: Ralph, Goldilocks, and AlphaStone. Three kids. Three fish. Perfect.

We pulled out our previously unused fish bowl, gravel, and plastic plants, and set up a fishy oasis in the kitchen. Three little fish swam, unconcerned. Excitement.

By Monday afternoon Goldilocks and AlphaStone floated, no longer troubled by the things of this world like when the yummy food flakes would appear again.

How hard can it be to carve a pumpkin?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 1:47pm

For some reason I waited until Wednesday, the very day before Halloween, to attempt the carving of the pumpkin. The kids were excited, the table was covered with newspaper, the carving set was ready. Knife in hand, I commenced the cutting. Only this pumpkin had other ideas.

Our family adventure camping out with the Cub Scouts

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:34am

This weekend our family attended the annual Cub Scout Haunted Trail Camp Out. Beginning Saturday morning and lasting through Sunday afternoon, it was a fun time. The kids chose from a variety of activities such as softball, volleyball, art, chess, hiking, and geology. In the evening there was a Haunted Trail and carnival games. It was truly a good time for the whole family.

The joys of shopping solo for my children's clothes

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:44am

Suddenly my daughter's clothes have seemingly shrunk. I hate it when that happens. Sleeves and skirts are too short and shirts are too tight. Time to go clothes shopping.

Learning the best ways to show our children we love them

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 11:49am

One of the most important things we do as parents is make sure that our children know that they are loved and accepted. This is the foundation on which so many other good traits and habits and skills will build.

So when a friend recently mentioned the book, “The Five Love Languages of Children,” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, I was excited to see how we could apply it to our family life. The book identifies the five love languages as Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

Fall Opportunities

Fall Opportunities

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:11am

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

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