Teenage Ducks

Yesterday, on my Sunday bike ride, I pedaled past a mama duck and her babies waddling near a canal. The image you just conjured in your head from that sentence is wrong.  This was an entirely different scene than the typical warm fuzzies we picture when we think of mama ducks and their obedient babies. These babies weren't babies.  They were probably one of families of ducklings that had hatched back in Spring, around Easter (see picture above).  I'd admired those little yellow

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3 Fireworks Crafts for Kids



Ooohs and Ahhhs and BAMs and BOOMs are just a few days away! Here are three super easy crafts to do with little kids to get them in the mood for Fourth of July Fireworks. Scratch Board Fireworks Scratchboards are easy to work with and so much fun.  There is an air of magic surrounding

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Baby Goats!



Yesterday we stopped by a free petting zoo not far from home, and boy I'm sure glad we did, for it is BABY GOAT SEASON! They looked almost  like puppies with soft, rabbit-like fur.  Some of them had small nubs of horns and others had two hard circles you could only feel through

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Thinking Cap



Jack's got his thinking cap

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Cards by Kids



I don't buy greeting cards anymore. Why would I when I live with two in-house illustrators? For a few years now, I have creased a piece of cardstock and given it to my boys with instructions to make a card for whatever occasion we are celebrating, often their friend's birthday.  I do this

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Ask Mamaguru: Terrible Twos



Q.:  I read the post you wrote about the myth of the terrible twos.  You said your kids had terrific twos.  My daughter is nineteen months and I'm bracing myself for what's ahead.   She's already throwing major fits.  Do you have any tips for this age?  I love my little girl, but I'm

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103 Fun (mostly free) Summer Activities for Kids



Woo hoo!  School's out! That's what the kids say, but I'm thinking, What in the world am I going to do with them? If I don't have a plan, our days usually freefall into chaos and fighting.  Last year I wrote a very popular 150 Fun (mostly free) Summer Activities for Kids.  I didn't

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Happy Life Boat



Here I am with my sister on my Uncle Rick's boat.  I am the little girl in the yellow life jacket. It is the early eighties. How old am I?  Six?  Seven?   Eight?  Something around there.  I was at an age where I had lived half of my life with my father and half without.  He

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150 Fun (mostly free) Summer Activities for Kids



Here's a repost of one of our most popular posts from 2013.  Check back this week for another Summer Fun List with even more ideas!  It's impossible to have a boring summer with ideas like these. Hello Summer! I love the long, lazy days of summer like anyone else, but long days with

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Kindergarten Graduation



Last night I blinked back tears as one of my sons graduated from kindergarten and the other was promoted into kindergarten. The graduate: The promoted: The graduation ceremony doubled as an end of the year show based on Disney.  Max and the other kindergarteners flung off their

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