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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.

All that time sitting there, not catching any fish, was a great excuse to shoot the breeze.  At one point, Logan asked me, "If there was no gravity, all the water and fish from the lake would just be floating around, right?"  I had an Inception moment and imagined blobs of silvery water (for some reason, they resembled mercury) floating in the air, with fish randomly paddling by, and us just picking them out of the air.

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One question that I see nearly every year on teachers' "getting to know you" forms never fails to trouble me: "What area/s does your student struggle with?" Or, "Do you have any concerns about your child this year?"  These questions cause me to pause because I am highly aware that labels on kids become self-fulfilling prophecies and the last thing I want is my son's iffy ability to write cursive to stay foremost in a teacher's mind--over all the things he does really well.

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Honestly, I don't think my kids would be any happier riding thrill rides at Disneyland than they were last night tunneling through the bracken.  Times like these, I love the simple stuff.

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This weekend we had the great pleasure of being kid-free.  Don't worry, we didn't duct tape them and lock them in the closet. 

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With our big move, I started wondering if we've done enough with the kids for it to be a summer to remember.  These long days at home working make me feel a little guilty.  But looking back, I think we've done a lot of cool stuff...what has been the highlight of your summer?

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With a new school year rapidly approaching, it's a good idea to make sure everyone starts working their way back to the school year sleep schedule if it differs from what you were doing this summer.  Younger kids should be getting to bed between 8 pm and 9pm, if they get up around 6 - 7 am.  Elementary aged kids need 9 - 10 hours of sleep, and teens surprisingly need between 9 and 11 hours.

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I always have waited until the kids register or get their supply lists from the school doors a week before school, but apparently, that's the old way of doing things.

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The Learning Community is possible thanks to the generous support of those who help our sponsor organization, Ornaments To Remember, such as Jerry and Nancy of Florida!

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Today's activity: learn about grains.  What grains were used in ancient civilizations?  What part of the world did corn come from?  What's the difference between whole wheat bread and white bread?  What do grains look like when they grow?  Where do they grow?  How are they transformed from the natural state into edible form?  Find a recipe for a grain you're not familiar with, and cook it.  You can boil it and make a hot cereal/porridge or grind it into flour. 

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The kids spent five fun-filled, no vegetable days getting to know Grandma and Grandpa while hubby and I spent the time doing all the things we don't while the kids are around.  And aside from the time for "just the two of us," I'm delighted the kids are experiencing the joys of time with the grandparents.

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