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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.

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.

Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance Offers Free Classes for February and March

Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance Offers Free Classes for February and March

by amyp527 on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:19am

Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance in Savannah is offering one month (4 weeks) of FREE classes to dancers  starting in the month of February or March to children wanting to give Irish dance a try.  

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.

Imagination inspiration from my 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:49pm

“What if our cat could walk on the ceiling? What if everything was pancakes? What if your name was Kommy and Daddy was Kaddy? What if our van could fly and land on the school?” These are some of the questions my 4-year-old invents to entertain himself (and the rest of us). His eyes sparkle, laughing at the possibilities.

Kids can have such wild imaginations. Not confined to work within the laws of nature or social conformity. Nothing is too silly or too crazy or too daring.

Enjoying the after-Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:45pm

T'was the day after Christmas and all through the house... the children were happily playing with their Christmas gifts. Making rubber band bracelets and bead creations, roller skating, playing tether ball, riding a stick horse... It makes a parent's heart glad to see their kids enjoying their gifts.

My 4-year-old had repeatedly asked for a stick horse for Christmas, and when he unwrapped it he exclaimed, “It's just what I wanted!” We nailed that one! Today he happily rode his horse down the street to Grandma's house.

Skatefest 2013: Time to hit the ice!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 12:17pm

Our family traded our shoes for ice skates Monday night at Skatefest 2013. Well, four of us did. My husband opted to observe, socialize, and take pictures to document our fun. I happily escorted the kids around the rink for an hour and a half. Everyone made great progress in their ice skating skills over the course of the evening, though it's interesting to see how their experiences were shaped by their personalities.

Free tools teach kids computer programming during Hour of Code Week

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:04am

This week is Hour of Code Week, in case you didn't know. A project of Code.org, with the support of CEOs, celebrities, and the President, the goal is to encourage every student (all ages) to take some time to start learning computer programming.

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