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Bringing diversity into your home and to your children through books

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Sep 28, 2016 8:02:00 AM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, American Culture, Education, Reading, Diversity, Inclusion

Social Media and Electronics - How to keep your kids safe

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Sep 26, 2016 6:55:00 AM

It seems like every other day a new must-have social media platform is revealed, mesmerizing our youth and moving them further into the Twilight Zone. They seem to be tweeting, snapping, chatting and gramming so fast that you are ready to call in Mulder & Scully to investigate ... (Okay, I better stop with these 80's references - I may have already lost my under 30 crowd).

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Parenting, Social Media, Safety, Privacy

Fall exploring with "Themed Walks"

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Sep 22, 2016 9:43:43 AM

The changing of seasons is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors with your children. Opportunities to educate, excite and encourage creativity are everywhere. Fall is approaching,leaves will be changing colors and the temperatures will be less humid and much cooler.  

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Topics: kids and learning, Fun with Kids, Parenting, Family, Creativity, Exercise, Enjoy the Moment, Making Memories, Fall, Seasons

Why can't we all just get along?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 17, 2016 9:05:00 AM

You’ve matched with an au pair and everything is wonderful.  He or she is so excited to be coming! Your entire family is ready to welcome them!  The room is prepared, plans are made.  The kids are asking if “today is the day”, every day.  Time has never moved so slowly.

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Topics: Stress Relief, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Conflict Resolution, Rules, Family, Au Pair Foundation

3 Easy Back to School Crafts

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Sep 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Getting ready to go back to school can be a stressful transition. There are many things that need to be purchased, physical/sports examinations to be conducted (including vaccinations for certain ages), bedtimes to establish or re-establish, and a new school year to get ready for.  A fun way that you can help kids start getting ready for school is to make back to school themed crafts, some of which can be used in the new school year!

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Fun with Kids, Education, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Budget, School

Retail America (almost) Broke Christmas (for me)

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 12, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Food, Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, Parenting, Family, Summer, Community, Traditions, Planning, Fall, Seasons

Talk to your kids about bullying

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Sep 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Education, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Childcare

9/11 15th Anniversary - a few thoughts for Host Families and Au Pairs

Posted by Kristen Nielsen Donnelly on Sep 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Culture, Holidays, Politics, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, World Culture, Community, Heroes, Traditions, Respect, National Pride, Patriotism

What is the deal with Pumpkin Spice?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Sep 6, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Okay, I like pumpkin pie as much as the next true blue, fall and Thanksgiving loving American.  There is nothing like a flaky buttery crust (or graham cracker for those of you who enjoy that), thick creamy pumpkin filling, and that dollop of whipped cream (or Cool Whip for you non-dairy types).  Or more than a dollop.  Okay fine, I cover the entire pie slice with a triangle of whipped cream. Don’t judge me! But things have truly gotten out of hand.

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Topics: Food, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Family, Nutrition, Dining, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fall, Seasons

Labor Day

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Sep 3, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Culture, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Au Pairs, Host Family, Community, Traditions

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