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The Hard Stuff

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM
We've had a hard week. My Grandma, "GG Millie," to my girls, is dying. By the time you read this she might already be gone. She lived a full life, surrounded by family and friends and fun. I will miss her terribly. Grieving is hard, and especially hard when you have little ones around. If you're sad, you can't just "be sad," you have to explain to your kids why you're crying. They might not get it. I've done my best with my oldest to explain death and dying. She asks a lot of questions, we read

Teach Empathy

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM
When I think about school, I think immediately about academics-about what kids know, what they learn, how they acquire skills, and how they use them. School is all of those things, of course, but what I'm always reminding myself is that it's also a place where a ton of social and emotional learning take place. School is where our kids learn how to interact with peers and authority figures, where they develop their sense of self, and where they hopefully become good friends and citizens as well

Preparing for...Kindergarten?

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM
I went to a lecture the other night about kindergarten readiness. It was a panel consisting of two local kindergarten teachers (public school), one teacher from a private school, and one teacher from a "5's" class-a public school class for 5-year-olds who were beyond preschool but not emotionally ready for kindergarten. The room was packed with parents, and the question on everyone's mind was: how do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten? My older daughter Lucy is still nearly two year

Dress for Success

Posted by RainyDayGal
on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM
If your family is anything like ours, getting dressed in the morning is an Olympic sport. It comes with lots of running and twisting and struggling and, once everyone has something on that covers their bodies, they decide they'd like to wear something else. Once 8am hits, the girls' room looks like a war zone of pink clothes. My girls are opinionated little creatures. They only like clothes that are comfortable (no jeans, for the most part), that aren't too big or too small, and that are of a

Talk about the Day

Posted by agirlandaboy
on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM
The transition from daycare to preschool was a piece of cake for my son but pretty hard for me. Daycare spoiled me in lots of ways, and one of the perks I miss most of all is getting so much information about what my son was doing each day. His daycare provider and her assistants each had a point-and-shoot camera at all times, and twice a day they'd upload all the latest photo and video files to an online account and share the album links with parents. This was wonderful when my son was a