Finding the Balance Between “Helicopter Mom” and “Free Range Parenting”

Bella Breakdown We have all seen the parents who hover around their children, doing everything for them and jumping in before their child even gets to try something on his own. I even used to have a student whose mom would come to school and organize her daughter’s messy desk once a week before I politely asked her to stop. I reminded her that she would never learn how to do it by herself otherwise. On the other end of the spectrum are the parents who are more “free range”, allowing children to be unsupervised and unmonitored, often left...

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Mother Approved Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Sprucing Tips You’ll Be Happy to Use Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts – including for our homes.  After the dark days of winter, it feels good to get a fresh clean-up of everything in our homes.  However, we are busy moms, so we have to prioritize what is really important. Firstly, don’t save this tedious chore just for spring. By keeping up with the major chores in your house throughout the rest of the year, you will make “spring” cleaning much more manageable. After all, busy moms need any way they can to save...

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Engaging Ways to Expose Children to Art & Culture

Art, Culture & Kids These days, most kids know the latest movie coming to theaters each Friday, the words to the most popular songs on the radio, and their favorite food to eat at McDonald’s or Chick Fil-A.  However, when asked to name a composer of a symphony, what Greek food they enjoy, or an artist whose paintings they admire, they might be a bit lost.  While some schools teach some of these things, so much of the curriculum is focused on testing goals and standards, that there is not always a lot of room for the extra, cultural...

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Picking the Right Extracurricular Activities for Your Child

Extracurricular Activites Soccer, dance, art class, instrument lessons, karate, and gardening club – the list goes on and on. These are just a few of the extracurricular activities that your children can participate in their free time. At the beginning of each semester, multiple notices come home advertising all of the various sports, clubs and other activities at my children’s school. Of course, they ask to participate in everything, in addition to the activities outside of school they already have. In order to prevent my kids from being burned out and over-scheduled, I had to narrow down the number...

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5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Bella Breakdown Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games — these are just a few of the ways that kids interact online. But when sharing goes beyond friends and family, it can be risky. Read about privacy and Internet safety and watch this video to learn five Internet safety rules for kids. Rule #1 Don’t give out personal information, like full name, home address, school name or phone number. Rule #2 Never send pictures to strangers and don’t post pictures online networking sites without permission. Rule #3 Keep password unique and private, expect from parents. Rule #4 Don’t download...

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Kill the Clutter: How to Organize a Child’s Room

Say ‘Goodbye’ to Kid Clutter! When you have kids, their toys and books can start to take over. Some people are not bothered at all by clutter and others are practically offended by it. Wherever you stand on the spectrum, keeping your child’s room neat is a way to help to make your life a little easier because when you need to find things, you will be able to. Helping your kids learn to be organized is a skill that needs to be taught. If the chaos in your child’s bedroom or playroom is out of control, there are...

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