In Their Element

The past two months have been full of transitions. Riley started kindergarten and adjusted to all of the changes that came with it. Maddie adjusted to Riley’s adjustments and then adjusted to her own transition as she moved up to ABC Academy, the preschool building of her daycare. I am happy to say that after our long period of transition, the girls have spent the last month in their element. (more…)

The Phone Problem

Story has always been a social child who tried her best to make her own social calendar, inviting others to our house (once a homeless man) and inviting herself to others’ houses. I have finally succeeded in gaining control of her social calendar, but now we have a new problem: the phone. She has begged for her own phone relentlessly since last year (first grade), when her buddy got his own. Well, that’s not happening for quite some time yet, so she’s done the next best thing: handed out my phone number.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup with Lime Tortilla Strips

Daycare germs don’t often phase me anymore. Having been in the daycare system for six years now, I have a pretty tough immune system. This year, though, the back-to-school and daycare germs hit at the same time, leaving both Maddie and me suffering. It may have been 80 degrees outside, but we were in need of soup. (more…)

How to Help Children Handle Grief from the Loss of a Loved One

By Alex Robbins

How children handle the loss of a loved one depends on the child’s age and her relationship with the deceased individual. The support she receives also plays a big part in how she handles the loss. Losing a loved one can have a significant impact on children, and they need an adult’s guidance. If you’re an adult helping a child deal with the grief of losing a loved one, there are things you can do to help her understand what’s happening and find a way to move forward.  (more…)