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How to clear out some toys, free up your schedule, and enrich your kids all at the same time

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 9:08pm

What would you think if I told you that you can enhance your child's development and self-control by taking away their toys and cutting out their scheduled activities? Well, sort of...

I read a fascinating article today about the importance of unsupervised, improvised play for kids. It is based on the research of Howard Chudacoff, a cultural historian at Brown University.

The virtues of traveling with kids

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 07/13/2013 - 8:43am

Traveling to new places with kids is an amazing adventure. It shakes you out of your comfort zone, stretches you in new ways, and shows you what you're made of. It is a great learning experience for the whole family. I highly recommend it.

Summertime traveling-with-kids tips

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 9:04am

Summer vacation... that fabulous time to travel away from home to see some new sights, perhaps visit people, or simply kick back and relax. When traveling with kids, it surely helps to plan some ways to maintain everyone's sanity. Here are a few tips I like to use when we head off on an adventure.

Practicing discipline: tips for dealing with "strong-willed" kids

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:05am

You know you've read a few too many parenting books when you realize the three books you've pulled out for help with an issue all say essentially the same thing. When I read them each the first time, they seemed so unique and profound.

Now I see they are merely different ways of saying the same thing. The books all share the same good, solid principles, just reworded by different authors. Maybe I should write a parenting book. I could repackage the same ideas in different terminology and voila! Instant parenting book.

Study reveals the negative effects of sibling bullying

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 1:09pm

One thing that drives me absolutely crazy as a parent is dealing with sibling rivalry. With three kids, not a day goes by without some kind of sibling conflict, and it just kills me when one of my little darlings is being mean to another.

Will you know if your child is drowning? What drowning looks like...

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:03am

Today is the last day of the school year for my two older kids, as well as the rest of Chatham County public school students. Bring on the summer fun!

Whether it's the pool, the beach, or boating activities, there are countless fun ways to spend time around the water. So this is a perfect time to review or learn what drowning really looks like. It's not how they portray it on television.

My son's unusual haircut request

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 4:31pm

I took my children to get haircuts the other day. My 7-year-old son had not had his hair cut in quite some time, so the hairdresser asked us how we would like it done. My son immediately spoke up. He drew a circle around the top of his head with his finger and explained that he wanted that whole section shaved, with hair just around the sides.

“What?! That's not a good haircut,” I replied. “You don't want just the top part shaved.”

How I survived a most colorful laundry disaster

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 7:51am

So I've been a mom for more than nine years, and I've now experienced my first time washing and drying crayons with the laundry. Let's just say it's not a good thing to do. It is something to avoid if at all possible.

My first-grader left six crayons in the pocket of his dress pants after church on Sunday. He forgot about them and tossed the pants into the hamper. I failed to check the pockets and away they went into the wash.

Reflecting on the Oklahoma tornado tragedy

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 1:36pm

Today my heart is heavy thinking about the tornado disaster in Oklahoma. I did not want to write about this, but here it is. So much destruction and loss and heartache. I see the pictures, but I know they offer a small glimpse of the reality of what those people are going through. How can our brains wrap around such devastation?

This morning I was thankful to have my family around me. And I drove down the street, thankful for buildings in their proper places and power lines up where they belong.

Being thankful in sickness

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 10:40am

So my 4-year-old is missing his entire last week of school due to illness. This is sad for multiple reasons. (1) I hate for him not to feel well. (2) It was going to be a fun week and he missed it. (3) It was my last couple of days before summer break and I had plans.

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