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Starting Dinner Chats: Conversation Plates

by Allison McDonald | March 5, 2013 at 9:00 am | comments

Me: “How was your day?” Them: “Fine.” Me: “How was school?” Them: “Fine.” Getting your kids to talk at dinner is not always the easiest, but once they get going, the floodgates are open and the family connections are strengthened. The difficulty is figuring out how you get started. The solution – making conversation plates! This is really easy to do and the payback is a fun dinner time filled

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2013 Healthy Playground Makeover

by Allison McDonald | November 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm | comments

How many times have you heard a parent or teacher say, “Use your indoor voice. We don’t throw balls inside.We don’t climb on furniture!” My guess is- a lot. There is a reason for that – children need to climb and move and throw and, yes, even yell sometimes. If their playgrounds are old, run down or even worse, unsafe, it makes it that much more difficult for young kids

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10 Turkey Crafts for Your Gang

by Allison McDonald | November 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm | comments

As winter draws near, outside time together becomes rare around our house. We compensate with arts and crafts that we can do together as a family. These 25 turkey crafts are all easy to make before or on Thanksgiving and will give you and your little ones time together to strengthen family bonds, which is what Together CountsTM is all about. The crafts are broken down into five categories, and

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The Reluctant Hiker

by Allison McDonald | November 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm | comments

Hiking as a family sounds like such a peaceful way to spend the day, but the reality isn’t as simple. With small children you can’t just grab a water bottle and hit the trail. You need to prepare so you are ready not just for scraped knees, but also for your kids’ attitudes going from “gung ho” to “get me home now” at the most inopportune times. Here are five

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Teaching Kids Life Balance

by Allison McDonald | September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm | comments

As summer winds down and the new school year starts up many parents are looking for help establishing routines, getting back into the groove and restoring balance to their home. None of this is easy. In my experience, teaching children anything requires many things, but the most important is to lead by example. Teaching children, whether they are toddlers or teenagers, about why balance in our lives is so important

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