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Playgroup is not just for kids!

By Michele Benjamin / We know the benefits that playgroups provide our children—peer socialization, new activities to learn and ideas to explore—but have you ever thought about what it can do for you? My family moved to Tecumseh in 2008 from Central Illinois, not knowing a soul in the area. Gulp. On top of that,…

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Counting Sheep Brings New Meaning

By Suzanne Lopez / Counting sheep has been referenced in our popular culture in cartoons and other media as a mental exercise to lull oneself to sleep or an idiosyncratic term to indicate insomnia. Many times we laugh at the notion and dismiss its significance. However, counting sheep may bring new meaning and may even…

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Emotional Regulation to the Rescue!

By Cary Zavala / As parents, we admit we sometimes come to the “end of our rope.”  With the stressors of daily living, our children’s challenging behaviors can sometimes send us to a “10” quickly on the Feelings Thermometer!  If you missed this month’s Parent Network Series, our topic of the evening was Emotional Regulation,…

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Summer Fun and Some Learning Too

By Suzi West / Do you and your kids have a “Summer Bucket List”? Or maybe a “Let’s Have the Best Summer Ever” list? What is this you ask? Well, just scour the web and you will find lots of different blog posts and articles on this theme, which simply lists some fun and novel…

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Fizz! Boom! READ!

By Cathy Chesher / The Summer Reading Program has begun! Every year the Adrian Public Library as well as the other county public libraries offer summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. This summer the library celebrates summer reading AND explores the wonderful world of science with the kids’ theme of “Fizz! Boom! READ!”…

I am Moving, I am Learning

Parents and Families: Opportunity is knocking! You can help the young children in your life build a strong foundation for movement and physical activity! In fact, YOU are a very important piece of that foundation. You are their role model.
“Ugh!” you may say, “Enough with the role modeling demands!” I know, I know… But listen to this:

Too Much Help?

I recently read a great blog post by a mom in Alameda, CA. This mother, Kate Bassford Baker, complains that strangers keep assisting her children with tasks that she is trying to teach her children to do for themselves; on top of it, they look at her like she’s neglecting her kids. The example she…

Reading with a Twist

Do you read to your kids? I certainly hope so. It is one of the greatest ways to help their development! Do you engage your kids while reading to them? Wait… huh? I recently learned of an easy way to make reading more fun and engaging for both you and your child. It even has…

How do you measure up?

One of the worst thing a parent can do is compare themselves to another parent, especially a celebrity parent. We see it more than ever now, celebrities toting their children—some biological, some adopted—as their latest accessory. It can be very easy for us ‘everyday’ parents to find ourselves wondering  just how they manage to have…

Bug Out!

My daughter does not like bugs, not one bit. My nephew is fascinated by them and wants to be an entomologist when he grows up. Most of us are in between these two extremes with our opinion on insects. If you have a young child, why not take the “scare” out of bugs by spending…