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Author: host Created: 6/16/2008 2:46 PM
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I blogged last week about us considering foster care.  We filled out the contact form online and the nonprofit organization that the state contracts to run the system called us.  Today we had our interview.  It was very informative, and also a bit scary.

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I've recently discovered that my son has developed a sophisticated excuse and evasion maneuver that quite frequently gets him out of trouble when he should be in trouble.  The battle plan?  Call his bluff.

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Learn the benefits Scouting offers your children, read a sampling of the many activities Scouts participate in, and take this opportunity to wish Scouts a big Happy 100th Birthday!

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Foster care is nothing to take lightly.  Your home and family must pass a list of requirements.  In our state, you have to take eight weeks of classes.  Then, if you're approved, you have to be willing to bring a child that likely has special needs into your home and commit to keeping them there as long as they need a place to stay because they've already been uprooted and tossed around and stability is HUGE in a kid's life. 

You have to open your heart to a stranger, promise to give them acceptance, support and affection--all knowing that at any moment, they may leave your home and you may never see them again.

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Since I've become an adult, imaginative play is difficult for me.  It's a real struggle to sit down with the kids and join them in a game of make believe with dolls or action figures--I can't think of a story line, or if I do, it doesn't interest them.  I feel old and boring.  My husband, on the other hand, is GREAT with thinking of fun imaginative games to play with the kids.

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As our kids have made poor choices over the years, it's been important to me that they recognize the natural consequences of those choices.  Many times, however, the natural consequences aren't instantly apparent or the kids may be so young that they don't recognize them or aren't deterred by them.

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A number of years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that children should watch no more than two hours of television a day.  For our kids, TV and movies are generally reserved for weekends and school breaks.  School nights are busy enough without trying to catch a favorite show, and I won't have the kids rushing through homework to watch a rerun of Hanna Montana or Spider Riders.  We also feel that playing outside, reading, exercising, and spending time with us as a family all are higher priorities than TV time.

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My son has always had a temper (from his father's side of the family, of course!)  When he was a toddler and didn't get his way, he would throw himself down and bang his head on the concrete.  Now that he's older, his favorite go-to temper demonstration is the slamming of the bedroom door.  Unfortunately for him, the door is quite light weight and he can't get as big of a slam out of as he wants, so sometimes he opens it and slams again.

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I love baking with my children, and have learned that we all have the most fun when the recipes I choose are appropriate for their age.  So I thought that I would share some of our favorite recipes that are easy and fun to make with any age children.  These recipes are easy enough that you can really focus on letting the kids do the adding and mixing while you supervise and enjoy spending time with them.

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Saving money with coupons helps your family make ends meet--and is a great activity to do with your kids to help them learn how to budget and be thrifty.

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