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9 Ways to Prevent Summer Brain Drain

9 Ways to Prevent Summer Brain Drain

Summer is the time for playing, relaxing, going on vacation, and watching TV, right? Not exactly. According to a 2001 study from the University of Missouri, kids lose an average of two months’ educational progress over the summer. Two months! In other words, they have to relearn in September and October what they already learned in April

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5 Things Dads of Daughters Do to Have Fun

Dads and daughters. Is there anything more precious? Is there any more precious bond? I have the most amazing dad, so my standards were set pretty high from the beginning when I was on the lookout for my mate. To say I found the most perfect man would be an understatement. Little did I know

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How to Raise Selfless Kids

There’s no clear guide for parents on how to raise selfless kids in today’s world. No parent leaves the maternity wing with the stated goal of raising that little bundle of joy to become a self-absorbed, spoiled brat who is oblivious to the needs of others. But even well-intentioned parents can lose their focus, and when

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Passionate Mom, Purposeful Mom

The passionate mom must also be a purposeful mom. Passion + Purpose = Plan These three bricks—passion, purpose, and planning—have a special relationship that can make or break a wall. And, of course, it all starts with passion. Without passion you won’t have the drive to develop a purpose, and if you don’t ever find

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What Makes a Great Dad

I recently asked my kids during our home school morning to write about what makes a great dad. As I read my son’s response, I was reminded that kids aren’t looking for someone with perfect character. They aren’t looking for a dad who is amazing at sports. They aren’t even looking for someone to buy

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Honor Your Father with a Scrapbook

We often hear people say “Honor Your Father and Mother”, but what does that truly look like lived out on a daily basis? It’s important that our children’s father feel honored, loved and respected each day of the year. We naturally, however, think of doing something extra special for fathers in June. A precious gift

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Preparing Hearts for Father’s Day

In our house Father’s Day is a rip-roaring celebration, so preparing hearts for this day is important to our family. Dad serves us all year long and we take the opportunity to repay a fraction of his efforts by serving him for the whole Father’s Day weekend. The kids and I start with making coupons.

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