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Make the Hospital Less Scary with the UnMonsters App

Sponsored By: St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital As an adult, going to the hospital can be a scary experience. But imagine being a child who is unfamiliar with a hospital setting – all you see are large machines and equipment, rooms full of people you don’t know, and doctors walking everywhere in masks. Sounds even scarier, doesn’t it? […]

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Back to Homeschool

Going back to school reminds me of pencil boxes, lunch boxes, new teachers, and Trapper Keeper notebooks (yes, I’m a child of the 80s). However, back to school for my family means working at the dining room table with mom (or without mom) on various subjects throughout the day. You will often find my kids […]

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Tales from the Unschoolers: A Day in the Life of an Unschooling Family, Part 2: Afternoon

After our busy mornings attending classes, playing with friends, and doing some classic studies, the hours after lunch are a peaceful time at our house. When you call yourself an “unschooling” family, it can take on many different meanings. For us, it means allowing our kids to follow their own interests as a means for […]

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How to Dominate Florida’s Back-to-School Tax Holiday

Who remembers the old Staples back-to-school commercial with the dad joyously collecting supplies while his sullen progeny trudge along behind him as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background? It’s the perfect metaphor for the annual craziness that is back-to-school preparation. Planning for a new school year, anticipating challenges and adventures […]

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Bradenton Sarasota Family

Things To Do As A Family In Bradenton/Sarasota (Without Going to the Beach!)

Although there is plenty to do as a family without leaving the Tampa Bay area – there is always something going on in our active, vibrant city, after all – sometimes it’s fun to venture out a bit. As our neighboring cities to the south, Bradenton and Sarasota have much to offer for families looking for new adventures […]

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Tales from the Unschoolers: A Day in the Life of an Unschooling Family, Part 1: Morning

It’s ten o’clock in the morning on a Wednesday in the middle of January; a time when children are expected to be in school, sitting upright with pen and paper in hand, having knowledge crammed into their soft, pliable brains. My kids, on the other hand, are still in their PJ’s, laying on the couch […]

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