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7 Tips on How to Motivate Kids to Help with Spring Cleaning

Ugh! Spring Cleaning. It’s a time consuming activity that no busy mom wants to conquer on her own. My mom used to say (half joking) that she had kids so that they could do the housework. I had chores when I was little and I do remember protesting. I told my mom I didn’t see […]

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Confessions of an Accidental Homeroom Mom_ _ What Are You Saying Yes To_ (1)

Confessions of an Accidental Homeroom Mom: What Are You Saying Yes To?

I made sure we arrived ridiculously early during open house for my son’s kindergarten. This was partially because I was nervous but also because we had a lot to do. We set about putting all the supplies where the teacher wanted them. Then, did a mountain of paperwork. Followed by our wonderful teacher speaking to […]

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Tampa Bay Moms Blog Celebrate National Library Week

Beyond Books: Celebrating National Library Week in Tampa Bay

It’s National Library Week! Did you know that was a thing? Neither did I, but now that we know, let’s write the book on National Library Week in Tampa Bay! “Libraries Lead” National Library Week marks its 60th anniversary April 8-14, 2018, with the theme “Libraries Lead.” Seems like a fitting tribute to a place […]

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Minimalism: Simplifying for my Family’s Sake

Working full-time, having two small kids and a husband at home, traveling every other week and trying to maintain some sort of social life in the midst of dance classes and t-ball games makes it difficult to keep up with my ‘pre-kid standard’ of cleanliness and slight OCD behavior.   But I tried. I really tried to […]

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Teaching Children Not to Lie

What is a Lie? A Parenting Dilemma About Teaching Children Honesty

An online friend recently posted a moral dilemma. Caught in a lie and fearing consequences, her young nephew fought back with the logic of a “surprise” trip to Walt Disney World the family had planned. “But Aunt Polly lies about taking us to Disney,” he said. “And she doesn’t get in trouble.” Ouch. And therein […]

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