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Work from Home with Kids? Let Them Help!

If you have little ones at home who love to be close to you – even when you’re working on a dozen things at once! – you can make it all work out. Why not let the kids help you with your work at home business? There are many things little hands can do to help keep them occupied and get some extra work done, all at the same time!

Let them clean. Keeping your desk and the surrounding area nice and neat can be the job of the children. Give them rags, non-toxic cleaners and the tools they need to clean the workspace. You can even pay the littlest ones a quarter for their labor. It will make them feel as though they have done something to contribute to the work that mommy does.

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How to choose a great school for your child

In a recent Washington Post article by Jay Mathews, I read about his nine ways to choose a great school for your child. The advice ranges from attending a PTA meeting to not worry if you hear that a middle school has problems.

I particularly like the suggestions Mr. Mathews has for parents to engage with other parents in the school community, whether it’s the PTA meeting or looking up blogs and websites for parents in the community.

There are many things about independent schools that he would highlight for prospective parents, but here are nine that Mr. Mathews think of as most important:

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Fun and Free Family Activities: Visit the Museum!

What better way to spend time with your family than appreciating fine art? Most museums are free, but you would really need to check with your local area museum to be sure. Some museums may have summertime family-oriented activities planned as well. Yet still, there may be discounted “family” days for specialized educational museums. Just check it out.

While some may not be free, you can find out which days of the month, week, or year, have been designated as “family” days that offer discounts. Many museums have websites that list most of their information including pricing and hours of operation.

It’s never too late, or too soon, to begin the learning process. So keep this in mind when heading off to your local museum. While your children may think this activity will be boring, there are always “battle plans” to make it fun for everyone. You could always visit the museum’s website to see what is on display as many museums have time-limited exhibits to research first what may be of interest to your child(ren) beforehand. Then make up some list printouts to take along with you that have checklists to be sure that you view everything on the printouts.

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How to Save on Backpacks for School

Although to most kids, especially tweens and teens, backpacks for school are a style statement and need to be a reflection of their own personal style there are other considerations that parents need to keep in mind while shopping for backpacks for school to make sure that the one that is eventually chosen is as well suited to its purpose as it is good looking.

Another thing parents should never do when it comes to purchasing backpacks for school is pay full price if they really don’t have to, especially during the back to school season. Here are a few tips for finding a durable, fashionable backpack for school for less:

Shop the Sales – Big stores like Target and WalMart tend to offer some very deep discounts on school supplies of all kinds in the month or so leading up to back to school time. However, after the kids are back in school those discounts often deepen even further – sometimes up to 75% off the original price. If your child can manage with that old backpack for school for a week or so before you buy them a new one you could save a significant amount of money on a really good one, including some of the top backpack brands.

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Doctors Appointments, House Selling… Man is Life CRAZY!

The last I left off, we were back to showing our house, I was talking about my ongoing, widespread pain, and I was well, just a SAHM doing the same old things day in and day out! We are about one day away from being in contract again. Thank god. We had to agree on an even lower price, one that truly is our bottom line.

The inspections were done and the buyer is pushing for contracts. If any credits or price adjustments start coming up, we’re just not going to end up selling our house. We can’t go through another contract falling through and frankly, we don’t want to keep paying the attorney. We are doing one last repeat showing as a backup on Thursday (from 7-8 frickin’ PM–really people?) and we are just taking it day by day again, hoping things work out.

Mike and I are talking about where we’ll live after we sell and I don’t think we’ve ever been so confused. One month we are certain we will be at one place, then the next month we are convinced on another. I know wherever we end up, it will work out. It’s just difficult when more than one situation will work for us. It’s not just black and white, otherwise, it would be an easy decision. Moving on.

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Confessions of a permissive mother

All parents know that children need boundaries. How to set those boundaries and if we really do it is another story. It took me a long time to realize the truth: that I let Luísa too much free and that my I’m not guiding her as much as I should.

It’s not that I purposely want to be that hands-off. Like all parents, I try my best and like to believe I’m doing well. But maybe, also like many parents, I’m not doing that well.

While always focused on freedom, always trying to let my girl learn by herself, by the example, I have been letting her too much free, to the extent that I don’t have a strong voice in our house, and I often feel abused by her, resented by the way she treats me.

Here is a good example of what goes on, this happened last week and I want to change this scenario:

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Being overwhelmed with school, work and kids

Lately, I’ve been looking for work and have been unsuccessful.  I know I need more education and certainly more experience.

I want to get into medical transcription if possible, but for the time being, while I work my way through school, my oldest daughter must first try to get her GED diploma, and I’ll be raising kids and surviving deployment. She is taking online GED Social Studies prep classes provided for free by a website called Best GED Classes and I must admit, it seems to be working fine for her.

This time last year I had it all going on.  I was going to school (taking three classes), working part-time, chauffeuring three kids all over town, doing Crossfit, and then selling Pampered Chef too.

My goal all along with Pampered Chef was to replace my income from medical transcription so I could be more flexible as my husband was going to be deploying this fall and I was going to be going to school still.

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How to be a kid again…

The sound of a train’s whistle always conjures up a dim, whispery memory of me and my mother sharing a bed together at our family’s cottage. Although I had my own room beside hers – connected, in fact, by an adjoining door – the pitch northern black would often find me snuggled beside her, where we’d talk in hushed tones so as to not wake my aunt and uncle across the hall.

One night as we lay side by side we listened to the call of a train as it steamed down the nearby tracks; first faint, then stronger as the sound was lifted across the river water, through the window screen and into our bedroom. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Kids Busy when It Rains – Indoor Activities

I’m a father and spending quality time with my kids is important to me, therefore, today I want to share with you how to keep your kids busy when it rains.

Kіdѕ arе alwaуѕ еagеr tо gо оutdооrѕ and haνе fun wіth оthеr kіdѕ іn thе nеіghbоrhооd, but what іѕ thеrе tо dо whеn оutѕіdе іѕ raіnіng оr іѕ frееzіng соld? Yоu maу want tо fіnd ѕuіtablе aсtіνіtіеѕ fоr kіdѕ whеn thеу nееd tо ѕреnd thеіr tіmе іndооrѕ. Manу рarеntѕ соnѕіdеr оrganіzіng рlaу datеѕ fоr thеіr kіdѕ ѕhіftіng frоm оnе hоuѕе tо anоthеr, but thеѕе рlaу datеѕ arе nоt alwaуѕ роѕѕіblе, ѕо уоu ѕtіll nееd tо fіnd thоѕе іndооr aсtіνіtіеѕ fоr kіdѕ that kеер thеm buѕу and haνе fun at thе ѕamе tіmе.

Takе a lооk dоwn bеlоw at thе fоllоwіng ѕuggеѕtіоnѕ and сhооѕе tо altеrnatе thеm tо іnсrеaѕе thе fun fоr уоur kіdѕ whеn thеу arе соnfіnеd bеtwееn thе wallѕ оf thе hоmе: Continue reading

Coming Out Of The Closet…

… the bloggy closet that is!

In the short time I’ve been a resident of the blogosphere I started to find myself (generally speaking, but not always) becoming more drawn to the bloggers I could attach a face to.  For me, it just adds a level of personalization; therefore, easier to make a connection with.  It’s always nice to put a face with a name; or in bloggyland, a face with an alias, or a title, or whatever.

So with that being said, I’ve decided to slightly expose myself.  Whoa whoa whoa… simmer down home slice.  Let’s not get too excited here.  I just meant I’m going to allow you to see the face behind this sassy little Mommy2¢ blog.

I don’t think you all appreciate how big of a deal this is for me.  I’m about 97.8% sure I probably have a couple of stalkers out there somewhere in the world.  That’s the kinda stuff you can come to expect when you live an average everyday life in the mid-west.  Can you say – walking target?!

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