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5 Winter Activities That Bring Out the Kid in All of Us

by Liz Thompson | February 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm | comments

I have always loved the wintertime, especially growing up in Central New Jersey. I can still remember sitting at our kitchen table with the radio on full blast, listening to the long list of school closings being announced in the hopes of being one of the lucky ones to be able to declare, “YES, we have a snow day!” Things haven’t changed very much now that I’m raising kids of

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How to Keep Active in the Winter Months: Celebrate Family Fun Nights, Indoors

by Liz Thompson | December 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm | comments

My husband and I have never been to a tropical island for a stress-free vacation, so visiting places like Jamaica, Hawaii and Tahiti are on our “life list.” Until then, we try to decompress from the week with Family Fun Night: usually celebrated on a Friday or Saturday night at our house, when we make it a point to slow down, play a couple of video games together, get in

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Making Family Meals Work When You’re Not the Greatest Cook

by Liz Thompson | August 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm | comments

I have a love/hate relationship with cooking: love to cook; hate it when I simply cannot find the time or inspiration to, you know, actually cook something. My 12 year-old who declares herself a semi-vegetarian (at least twice a month) and each of my 3 teens have issues with food:  the two oldest girls love meat and potatoes, as long as they don’t touch each other on the plate, while

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The Summertime Activities Kids Never Outgrow

by Liz Thompson | May 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm | comments

Raising kids on the Jersey shore, where the day can change from sunny to GRAB THE FOOD and RUN FOR THE CAR in a matter of minutes, planning out our summertime activities really depends upon the weather – not to mention, my willingness to battle the shore traffic – so, I’ve learned to NOT make any definite plans. Give a kid a patch of grass, a sprinkler, some dish soap

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From the Sidelines

by Liz Thompson | April 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm | comments

My three youngest children participated in recreational soccer all through elementary school, and once they entered middle school, I was very excited to watch my son and middle girl finish out wrestling and field hockey season (respectively) with all of their body parts intact. My oldest girl, however, showed very little interest in sports. My husband and I insisted she try something and, although Holly enjoyed playing recreational volleyball in middle

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