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Author: host Created: 4/14/2008 1:21 PM
The Parent Power Blog provides support and resources to parents with suggestions, the telling of (often humorous) experiences and a sharing of resources. We seek to ask thought-provoking questions that challenge us to think about our parenting methods, and about ways that we might improve those methods to be parents that nurture our children, support them, love them, challenge them, and encourage them to be successful in all areas of their lives. Together, we can build a strong community for our children—The Learning Community, energized by Parent Power.

Study after study shows that kids lose a huge chunk of the previous year's learning during the summer if they just play and don't do any reading or studying.  But summer is for giving kids a brain break, right?

Not really.  Summer vacation was originally instituted so kids could help parents with planting and harvesting.  In today's society, not many of our kids are doing that so it's really just a tradition that few schools have gotten away from (except year round schools).  It wasn't created so kids could stop thinking for 3 months.

I've found that kids left to their own devices all summer long often get bored or in trouble.  So our summer traditions include these brain activities.

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After several years of living in Utah, we're moving back to Oregon.  We've had numerous recommendations from friends and family about where we should live--especially in regard to school districts. Being the data driven decision maker that I am, I hunted around online yesterday for some numbers to compare.  There are a couple of ways you can compare school districts online.

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Tips for safe and happy flying with kids.

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Last night we stumbled across a Killdeer nest and the kids had a lesson about camouflage and distraction tactics in nature.

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A sampling of places my son's glasses have been besides his face.

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I'm frequently pondering, guessing, acting, second guessing, feeling guilty, apologizing...as is just about every other thinking parent I know.  And above all, I'm doing the best I know how while still being human; hoping that listening to them, hugging them, and praying for them will cover all my failures and lead to the success and happiness I so desperately want for them.

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare issued a recall for children's versions of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration.

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It just warmed my heart to hear my 6th grade daughter sharing math lessons she'd learned with her younger brother, and I was especially happy to hear her enthusiasm since math didn't come easy for her for the last two years and she was starting to develop a negative attitude about it.

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To our family, hikes have so much more to offer than laps around the neighborhood or a stroll on the park trail in town...

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What I needed to remember is that a childhood fear is typically irrational, but it feels very real for the child experiencing it.  What originally was a physical power struggled was transformed, thanks to a time out, into a good conversation that allowed his fears to relax and for him to get a good night's sleep.

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