Take a break!

As a child, my mom always let me help her prepare our Christmas cards.  Our family had these very cool cards that had tags with all of our names on them, and every year was a totally new scene.  One year the card was a cookie jar and all of us were different kinds of…
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There’s a waffle in my pocket – parenting with patience and humor. Book Reports.

School has started, soon your child will be excited to pick out a book for the first book report of the year. Well, if they are't super stoked to pick out a book, may I make some suggestions? I've provided links to popular book lists. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy. Pick out a book, put it…
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“Slow” Living

I first came across the book Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World, by Brooke McAlary, while I was paying invoices for the library and this book was on the list. The title intrigued me, so I wrote down the call number on a sticky note, which sat on my desk for three weeks. As I…
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The World According to Mr. Rogers

No One Has All the Answers...  (Well, except maybe Mr. Rogers!) I love Mr. Rogers.  He always talked to children with respect.  Children were regularly introduced to people of different abilities, ethnicities, and professions. Here’s his definition of love - “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring.  It is an active noun like ‘struggle.’  To…
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There’s a waffle in my pocket – parenting with patience and humor. ART!

This summer, every Friday morning at the East Lansing Library, we made art. Music themed art! Libraries Rock was our Summer Reading theme, and our biggest project was commissioned by the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library. The kids used Kwikstix to color black and white album covers.  Come in and see our larger…
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Time Out!

“You only get 18 summers – make them count.”  “The days are long but the years are short.”  “The best thing you can give your children is TIME.” Those are popular quotes to reinforce how important it is to make the most of your parenting years when your children are growing up.  But on those…
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There’s a waffle in my pocket – parenting with patience and humor. Teaching Courage.

I've found that adults are more brave than children.  Why? Adults have had more opportunities to practice courage and bravery. They have found that they can endure something terrifying, or uncomfortable, and they come out on the other end unscathed.  So it's not that we need to teach our kids courage, we need to help…
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