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Early Birds and Night Owls {Simple Kids Guest Post}

“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.” – Yehudi Menuhin

Routines are wonderful for creating continuity and a predictable rhythm in your family life.  But what happens when the internal rhythms of individual members of one family are drastically different?  Perhaps nowhere is this difference in personal rhythm more striking than at bedtime.

One Room, Many Sleep Patterns

 We have three boys sharing one room.  While our oldest is often hammered from the day’s activities, our middle son remind us almost nightly that he is “noctownal” and doesn’t actually need sleep.  (Sometimes we almost believe him.)  Our youngest still naps, so depending on how that goes each day, he may be out as soon as his head hits the pillow or he may still be winding down for a while.  I’m certainly not ready to spend three hours in a revolving door of three separate bedtimes.  So we had to come up with a routine that would fit different rhythms. 

Slide on over to Simple Kids to read the full post!

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Guest Post: Teaching the Art of Sharing

I’m so happy to be writing as a guest at Simple Kids again today!  Slide on over and check it out!  I’m also happy to be *this close* to finishing up with my ebook on  Parenting with Positive Guidance.  Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog so you won’t miss out on early purchasing discounts!

All kids love sharing….as long as that means you have something to share with them! But when it comes time for these little ones to part with some valued treasure of their own, they quickly set aside their passion for equal divisions.  Here are a few reasons why sharing can be such a struggle, and some simple steps that we as parents can take to ease the way…

Read the full post here.

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My First Podcast: Preparing Children for Back to School

Life Your Way Podcast

I’m so excited to be featured today on Mandi Ehman’s podcast series at Organizing Your Way!  She has a fantastic site and some exciting things coming up in the future.  I’m flattered to be associated with her!  Today, we’re talking about getting children ready for “Back to School”, specifically focusing on emotionally and socially preparing children for that big day!  Click here to get all the details for the download!

Just for a little “behind the scenes” info on this podcast, I have to share a funny story.  I had spent a good chunk of that morning on the phone with someone in India who kindly instructed me as I fiddled around with the innards of my computer to get it up and running again (a blogger with a broken computer=stress).  Then I had three extra cousins over to play with my little ones, making it six under six for a few hours.  As the scheduled phone call approached, I was finally feeling a little more Zen, until with about one minute to “go time” I poked my head in to where my children were playing, thinking I would quickly let them know that their aunt was here and that I would be busy for a few minutes.  What I found was my four year old  – stark naked!  He was apparently in the process of changing his clothes…in slow motion…and stalled.  All I had time for was to look at my sister-in-law and say, “Sorry!”  So if you hear a bit of frazzled frenzy in my voice, just chuckle to yourself and think of my crazy day!


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Guest Post at Organizing Your Way: Homeschooling is Not Optional

Today I’m over at another great blog, Organizing Your Way.  Scoot on over there and check it out!   While you’re there, take a peek at what Mandi has planned for the expansion of her site


All parents should homeschool their children.

What I just wrote may surprise some people, particularly given the fact that I have taught in the public school system, and have my own son registered to begin kindergarten this fall at our local public school.  But I’ll still stand by it.

Let me explain.

Many parents are very conscientious about the decision to enroll their children in private, public, charter, or home school.   They consider factors such as school quality, child personality, family situation, and so on.  Different families arrive at different answers.  Some families even arrive at different answers for different children.  There isn’t one perfect answer for everyone.

And yet, every child should be homeschooled.

Read the rest at Organizing Your Way….

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What’s On Your Back to School List?

It’s hard to believe, but another school year is on its way!  Whether you’re teaching a class or your own little ones, as you sit down to map out your year, what are some of the topics and themes you look forward to exploring?  I’d love to hear about your ideas, and would appreciate the opportunity to bring more activities here that you could use! 

Additionally, I would love to give readers a sneak peek into your classrooms and homes if you are interested in sharing some of your activities with us.  Send links, pictures, instructions, and comments to notjustcute@hotmail.com, and I’ll work them into a post!

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Building a Bilingual Home – Guest Post at Modern Familia

Angélica at Modern Familia asked me to write a guest post focusing on the language development of bilingual children.  Slide on over there to check out more on this topic!

Here’s just a taste:

 I remember my first summer working at a migrant school and watching in amazement as a tiny three year-old girl sat between two friends, cheerfully carrying on one conversation in perfect English, and another in perfect Spanish, her shiny dark ponytail flipping as she turned her head from one side to the other.  I had probably taken Spanish classes for about as long as she had been alive, but knew she had already attained a goal I am still far from reaching!  Raising your child with the ability to speak two languages is an amazing gift.  Here is some information that might help you as you begin this great undertaking.

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Guest-Posting at Modern Familia

I’m over at Modern Familia today, with a post about sensory play for preschoolers.  Here’s an excerpt:

Children Are Wired to Receive and Utilize Sensory Input From Birth

Think of your average preschooler. How long has this child been proficient with language?  Depending on the age, the child may not really be too proficient yet! Others seem to have been talking non-stop since 2 1/2, but that means they’ve been talking now for all of…..about a year!

Now think of how long these children have been seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting. Their whole lives! Children are wired to receive and utilize sensory input from day one. This is why children will dive in hands first, exploring a new substance. The senses are their most familiar, most basic way to explore, process, and come to understand new information.

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