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Mom’s Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

By Suzi West / Last May I wrote a blog about my son, the ‘baby’ of the family, who was going to start Kindergarten this fall. I wasn’t so sure that I was ready for him to move on to this big milestone, and I was a little nervous about how he would do. Well,…

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Practical Tips for Dealing with Challenging Behaviors

Lenawee Great Start is presenting a series of Parent Education talks this year by Cary Zavala, a licensed professional counselor, a skilled parenting educator, and a play therapist. Our first talk was last Tuesday, September 23 on the topic of “Practical Tips for Parents of Young Children with Challenging Behavior.” In case you missed it,…

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Eight

by Michael Miller / Watching the progress of our boys from infants to pre-preteens via photo is exhilarating and unnerving. Film doesn’t lie, and the speed with which our sons are growing up is a powerful illustration of how quickly time melts away. It was particularly startling this year, when Evan’s solo portrait revealed a…

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Never Alone on the Throne

By Rhaea Miller / My husband and I have a long standing joke that the only way to get the kids to pay attention to me in any way is to go into the bathroom and close the door.  I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that the only time they leave…

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Judgment Calls

By Michael S. Miller / Parents often say there is no manual for raising children, but there certainly should be a pool of common-sense standards we can agree on. A few incidents I witnessed during recent holiday activities have made me question even that low expectation. I do not mind taking my daily exercise walk…

Raising our Rainbows

by Michael Miller Our five-year-old son Sean is a fiercely independent, big-hearted boy who likes to get in the dirt and dig. He is strong and tough, not afraid of bugs, speed, heights, gravity or physics in general. He likes to “battle,” to wrestle and roughhouse and knock things over. He also likes Disney princesses,…

Six Words You Should Say Today

By Sheila Wathen I came across a wonderful reminder today of how simple it is to communicate our love and support to our kids. Words are powerful. They can inspire you or cut you deeply. As parents, we try to find the right words for our kids. Sometimes we take the easy route of empty…

Seven

by Michael Miller As my sons celebrate their birthdays this month — Evan turns 7 and Sean turns 5 — their cognitive reach forces me to more carefully contemplate the lies I tell them and the truths I do not. Preserving the magic of Santa Claus and a legion of fairy tales is one thing.…

Moving & Learning: Unstructured Physical Activity

Today’s blog is from Brooke Rains, Coordinator for Child Care Network in Lenawee, Jackson and Hillsdale Counties. Brooke is a wife, dog mom, beach lover, education graduate of Adrian College, and an Adrian resident. She is excited to blog for us about her role as a national trainer for I Am Moving, I Am Learning,…

Parenting with a Mood Disorder: An Introduction

Brooke Borton returns as guest blogger to give us some important info on mood disorders and parenting. More about Brooke at the end of the post! Your mood and how you deal with it can most definitely affect your children and their development.  This is the number one thing I have learned after the research…