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parenting

The little lawyers among us (trying to get their way)

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 11:07am

As a mother of three, I've recently concluded that children are natural-born lawyers. Skilled in the art of argument and trying to get their way, although often lacking in the finer art of logic, kids will remember what you've said (when it's to their advantage) and what you've done, and seek out the loopholes as needed.

Getting ready for our first Pinewood Derby Race

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:40pm

My 1st grade son is thoroughly enjoying his year in Cub Scouts, and now is preparing for his first Pinewood Derby Race. Let me just say this whole build-your-own-car thing is completely stressing me out.

Awarding good behavior with a special night

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 10:25pm

As a parent sometimes I feel like I'm too often negative, having to correct our children's misbehavior. So lately I've been trying to be more deliberately encouraging of my children in their unique personalities and strengths. I've also been trying to foster a deeper sense of our family as a team where we can all encourage each other. In light of these goals, Saturday night we had our first monthly Awards Night.

When the rush must yield to snuggle time

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:21pm

This morning I was trying to get my preschooler out the door and on his way to school. It was time to go. Let's go. Out the door.

Stalling and making excuses, he seemed to walk in strategic circles ever-evading my movement toward the door. It was like trying to grab a small speck suspended in a bowl of water. As soon as your fingers close to grab it, it swishes in a different direction. And so I tried to swish my 3-year-old out of the house.

Siblings and fighting and anger management: the day I locked my kids out of the house on purpose

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:37pm

It's funny how being a parent can really bring out the worst in a person (hypothetically speaking, of course). A friend of mine, who normally appears very calm and kind, once commented that she never knew what a terrible person she was until she became a parent.

The parenting marathon

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 9:36pm

Parenting is like a marathon... an ongoing, sometimes strenuous, step-by-step pushing on toward a distant goal over the horizon. We parents must continually persevere in our efforts to discipline, inspire, and instruct our little people to become the responsible and amazing people they can be.

The value of one-on-one time with the kids

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 11:01pm

This past weekend my husband and daughter went on a Girl Scouts Father-Daughter camp-out. It was a bit unusual for our family to split up like that, but it turned out to be a pleasant treat as I spent time with the two boys and my husband and daughter had their fun time together.

Grateful for kids and all their trouble

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/02/2012 - 2:25pm

So now it's November and I thought it would be good to start the month in the spirit of gratitude. More specifically, gratitude for my children. As a mom, in the daily grind of sibling rivalry, upholding the family rules, and making sure the chores get done, it can be tough sometimes to remember to be thankful.

Overwhelmed and falling short

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:01am

Sometimes I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. Or the weight of my world anyway. Like it's all up to me to “get it right,”especially where my kids are concerned. I want the best for my kids, just like you. And it's up to me to encourage them, enrich them, inspire them. I want them to be amazed by this amazing world in which we live. I want them to experience the wonder of nature and science and God.

Free Parenting Classes

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 9:36pm

Parent University (http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/parentuniv/Pages/AboutUs.aspx) is offering classes on how to cultivate learning in children ages birth through 5 years through the new Early Learning College program. This special session will take place at East Broad Elementary School this Saturday, September 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Parents, grandparents, and guardians are all welcome to attend. Free childcare and lunch will be provided, along with a giveaway or two.

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