Category Archives: Children and Family

Disney and Pixar, please stop killing parents

Last night, the hubby and I watched Disney and Pixar’s latest collaboration, “The Good Dinosaur.” When I first saw previews for the film, I wasn’t overly eager to see it. But last night was a humdrum evening and we decided … Continue reading

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That time I gave funerals to caterpillars

I was eight years old the year our home got covered in caterpillars. Well, not our home, really. But our property. They were everywhere in the flower gardens, the grass, the driveway. Tall, stalky holly hocks stood sentinel around the … Continue reading

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Where has all the magic gone for Halloween?

The spirit of Halloween is alive and well in the Stroebel family. I’m not the one carrying the torch, though. This year,┬áthat honor belongs to Sarah and Katy. They’re determined to light a fire under the whole family. Now that … Continue reading

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6 ideas for building your children’s library

Keeping plenty of children’s reading material available at home is an important part of literacy development. While borrowing from the library is an asset, nothing quite beats the convenience and joy of having a personal children’s library at home. Here … Continue reading

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1,000 ways to improve your child’s literacy and ensure long-term success

What is the link between “Goodnight Moon” and academic excellence? Or how about “Green Eggs and Ham” and career success? The question may seem like a riddle, but the answer is no joke. Early childhood reading can have a lifelong … Continue reading

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