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The Art of Summer

The Art of Summer

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summer, childhood, leisure and people concept - happy little boyHappy Summer! It’s my favorite time of the year and I again ask how can the school year go by so quickly!?

As my boys continue to grow up, each summer I ask myself how can I provide the best experiences and memories for them. Each year it really varies. I know I need some structure this year so yes to some camps and classes, but I am also dedicated to giving them more open ended time then in the years past.

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May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

May Baskets—A Sweet Surprise!

Looking for a fun family activity with an element of service and surprise? May baskets are a charming way to celebrate the coming of spring while spreading a little joy to friends and neighbors. Plus, kids of all ages can enjoy this activity! The concept is simple: on May 1st, the giver leaves a small…

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The “NEW” Spring Cleaning

The “NEW” Spring Cleaning

Today’s spring-cleaning is not the same today as in our mother and grandmothers’ day. Yes. Spring does still conger up thoughts of opening the windows and freshening up the house. So, go for it with these quick tips to help you “spring” into action.

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Coloring In The Lines

Coloring In The Lines

How many times have we all heard parents say to their child, “color in the lines.” The demand to “stay within the lines” usually starts with preschool and is often reiterated through early elementary school as children learn how to work spatially, visually and learn to express themselves.

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A Commitment To Play

A Commitment To Play

As we kick off 2017, what a great opportunity to renew our commitment to the Art of Play. Our culture is filled with “busyness”…classes, homework, the driving to and from and more. I know that the intensity of the school year no matter if your child is in preschool or middle school is just jammed…

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5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

5 Steps to Handling Tantrums

If your child falls and hurts themselves, do you go to them?   Tantrums are no different.  They need you just as much.  Tantrums can come from a multitude of reasons;  they didn’t get their way or maybe their feelings were hurt.  Whatever the reason they need you and will get through it quicker if you…

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The Power of a Parent’s Brain

The Power of a Parent’s Brain

Here we are in September! Another school year has begun. I was just preparing for an upcoming workshop and it got me thinking about how difficult change is. I always start a new school year thinking about how incredibly organized I will be. I’ll have lunches ready the night before, clothes prepped and then of…

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Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Autumn in the South Bay and Southern California

Colorful leaves, chilly nights, cozy sweaters, the last harvest of the year…are signs of a delightful autumn that is happening nowhere near the South Bay. We do have our own hallmarks of fall, though, even if they don’t show up in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. Here are four local signs of autumn to share…

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The Mindful School Year Ahead

The Mindful School Year Ahead

Happy Fall! September is here and we are off and running towards another school year filled with academics, activities, sports, tutoring, and more. Each and every year I dedicate my fall column to my personal promise of not over scheduling my own two boys and this year is no different. Balance is the key and…

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