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Connecting to Your Kids' Hearts

3 Creative Ways to Connect With Your Kids

My kids are ages nine, eight and four, so I have left the hazy, crazy days of infant and toddler parenting. I am no longer changing diapers and scanning the living room for choking hazards. Instead I find myself reminding my nine-year-old to unload the dishwasher, telling my 8-year-old he can pour himself a bowl […]

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Set Your Child Up For Success with Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P.C. (ETLC) is a pediatric clinic dedicated to enriching the lives of children for a brighter future.  Their services include speech-language therapy, individual tutoring, and the Language Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP). Speech Therapy Do you have difficulty understanding your child? ETLC’s speech-language pathologists are here to help. They have extensive […]

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40 non toy gift ideas

40 Non-Toy Gift Ideas and Experiences for Kids

It’s usually around this time of year that people start sharing articles about gift ideas for kids–specifically toys. Bloggers start writing about minimalism, excess, accumulating stuff, spending, etc. So, do kids really like receiving experiences instead of toys? I asked my boys their thoughts about this. After all, they are the experts who have been […]

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Keeping Kids Active in the Winter Months

Baby it’s cold outside … now what do I do with my kids? As the cold weather approaches, do you start to hear these common words come out of your child’s mouth? “It’s too COOOLLLLDDDD to go outside!” or “I don’t have ANYTHING to dooooooo!” It can be tough to keep ourselves and our kids […]

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The Kids Are Alright (And so are you, Mama!)

Looking back at my earlier parenting years, I can (sort of) laugh about all the nights spent awake, asking trusted Google questions like “ How can I get my baby to sleep through the night” or, “My daughter isn’t walking yet, is this normal?” I think about all the worry, over thinking, and stress that […]

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bergman academy

Looking at School Options in Des Moines? Consider Bergman Academy!

Located in the heart of historic Greenwood Park at the former Science Center of Iowa, Bergman Academy is an accredited non-profit private school, providing 3-year-old through 8th grade secular education. Class sizes feature a 16:1 ratio and emphasize differentiated guided instruction. With an emphasis on rigor and relevance in the classroom, the teaching staff is […]

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