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Summer Rules: Aiming for a Meaningful Summer

Do you make your kids work of over summer break? I do. But it's not what you think. I'm not breaking any child labor laws--don't worry. :) What I'm talking about is not making my kids earn an extra buck here and there (although they do like to do that at Grandma's house!). Instead, it's about teaching them the value of hard work, avoiding summer learning loss, and teaching them that it's not okay to be lazy. I usually have to go round after them doing everything again as they're not as thorough as I like to be, for example…

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Rewarding Kids for Good Grades (Minus the Big Bucks)

Every three months during the school year, we come to this point where the kids bring home this piece of paper with cryptic marks on it hoping that maybe they'll get some reward for all of their hard work during the school year. And every time this happens, I sigh because I can't reward my kids with money. Let's face it: the economy stinks, and if you're used to rewarding your kids with money for good grades, you might just be breaking the bank nowadays. That's how it is. But this summer I came up with a reward system for…

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The Best Free Android Apps for Kids (According to us!)

If you haven't already noticed, there is a plethora of apps out there nowadays. There is so much choice when it comes to what platform to use to download apps and software for your PC's, iPads etc. Being able to download free software which offers great games and entertaining website access for the kids is so important. I was recommended by a friend to search up websites such as Freewares at Fileproton that offer free software and apps, perfect for those days that need a little help when it comes to entertaining the children! So many people are using tablets,…

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