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MOMSnext group kicks off a new year of encouraging moms Sept 23... check it out!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 10:19pm

Sometimes we moms need a little help and encouragement, a friendly reminder that our kids are not the only ones who do that, whatever it may be. There is a special place for moms of school-age kids to get together and commiserate... or celebrate... the challenges of parenting.

Son gets a little too creative with his homework

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:34pm

The kids were working on their homework recently when my 7-year-old son disappeared down the hall. A couple minutes later he returned to the living room, and plopped himself on the couch with his papers. That's when he proudly announced, “No point in doing it the old-fashioned way!”

I was in the kitchen, but I just had to see what he was up to. I couldn't imagine what my son might consider “old-fashioned” or what that had to do with his homework.

Never enough fun

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 1:53pm

My daughter had a fun weekend spending time with one of her best friends. They played at her friend's house on Saturday, and had a sleepover at our house on Saturday night, complete with church in the morning and hours of play on Sunday.

During that time the girls turned our hall bathroom into a Barbie salon, played with our cats, watched a movie, teased the boys, and caught bugs to put in bug houses. We went to the pool twice, and we went out for dinner.

Proud to be Affiliated

Proud to be Affiliated

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 4:35pm


By Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator of Case Veterinary Hospital


Who Would Care For Your Baby If Something Happened To You? 5 Legal Planning Steps For Parents of Minor Children

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 1:58pm

September is Baby Safety Month.  While most parents associate baby safety with having the best car seats, monitors and child-safety locks, Savannah attorney, Michael Smith, reminds parents that naming legal guardians and creating a plan to ensure the care of their child(ren) in the event of mom or dad’s death or incapacity is often the most important baby safety measure of all.

Parenting specialties and the bigger fish

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:18am

Different parents excel in different ways. We all have our own specialties. Some are Super Creative with Crafts. Some are Awesome Cooks of Tasty Food. Some are Very Athletic and Sporty. You get the idea.

What my kids planned for Labor Day

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 5:18pm

Well, we had a nice Labor Day weekend... a little beach, a little pool, a little shopping. Pretty much something for everyone.

This year my kids made the connection that "labor" means "work," so they decided Labor Day should be a work day around the house. This realization occurred on Sunday, so that evening they began cleaning up. How cool is that?!

When the path to school is lined with cicadas and worms

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 4:06pm

This school year I've been making a point of walking my kids to school in the morning. It starts our day out with a little exercise and fresh air, and gives us some nice time together. Plus, I've read a couple of articles about how physical activity, and especially walking to school in the morning, really sets kids up for success throughout their school day, making them more alert and better able to learn.

Slowing down the rush to "grow up" and wear makeup and...

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 2:22pm

It seems like just the other day she was hosting Oreo and milk “tea parties” for her stuffed animals in the living room. And now she wants her own cell phone, and begs to wear makeup, yearning to be older and “pretty.” At the tender age of 9, my daughter asked me when she will be allowed to wear makeup outside of our house. My initial knee-jerk response was, “when you're in high school,” but I'm not sure that's quite balanced and reasonable.

The mathematical virtues of a cheese quesadilla

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 10:26pm

This summer my kids participated in Live Oak Library's reading program, and again I found it to be a great way to encourage my young readers. There is a lot of emphasis in parenting circles on developing our children's reading skills, which is good. I am surprised, however, at the lack of emphasis on nurturing a love for math and numbers.

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