Category Archives: Parenting

Be A Maker

Engineer Jennifer has always been a builder. LEGOs were a right of passage for me – probably for most kids headed for a career in Civil Engineering. Among my peers, there were two schools of thought regarding those LEGO kit … Continue reading

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Social Media for Middle Graders

Recently I’ve noticed an increasing number of authors on Facebook asking what social media 12-year-olds use. Writer Jennifer understands the question. These authors want to keep their writing relevant to modern kids by incorporating the methods of communication being used … Continue reading

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Starting the New Year with New Art Forms

It’s no secret I’m a creature of habit. If my online calendar crashed, my life would fall into utter chaos. I make lists. Even lists of my lists. There’s only one way to juggle so many balls for myself, my … Continue reading

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Ornaments are Memories

I love Christmas. Few things make me happier than seeing the lights and decorations go up, hearing holiday songs start playing, and watching the joy and wonder on children’s faces when they open gifts from Santa. That said, it’s a … Continue reading

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Stories for All

This week Shannon and Dean Hale released the second book in their Princess in Black Series: Perfect Princess Party. Nicole and I devoured it on release day. It’s an early reader chapter book with hilarious illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Love … Continue reading

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Snow Day

Every writer dreams of one day working from home, writing all day in comfy pajama pants, while the bestselling book royalties roll in.   When the announcement came Tuesday night that school would be cancelled due to cold weather, I … Continue reading

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Save the Cursive!

School has started and our household now contains a proud second grader. I approached this milestone with both joy and dread. Second grade was very memorable for me. I had the meanest, strictest second grade teacher ever, so it was … Continue reading

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Simply Summer

This week I want to share an inspirational post by Happily Whole: The other day my sister and I were talking about summer. Even living hours apart, we were on the same page! Simplicity. That’s what we want out of … Continue reading

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Cycles of Life

In many ways raising a child is like performing a social experiment. It begins as a parent endurance test, a survival of the fittest conducted in a sleep deprived state, in the confines of your own home with the constant … Continue reading

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RIP Elantra

I’m sad to report my Hyundai Elantra has officially died.  She was my sidekick for twelve years and 113,000 miles, watching my back during my scary entry into the adult world.  She drove me to my first real job, carried … Continue reading

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