December 18, 2017

5 ways to thrive with kids during the elementary school years

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Now that my four kids are 5, 7, 9 and 11 I’ve noticed my routine has readjusted a bit in order to run a smooth household and stay joyful as a stay-at-home mom. Working moms should be able to use these tips too.   Here are five ways I’m still thriving as a mom of… Read more

Marine Sergeant Stands Guard in Front of Sacramento Elementary School


“When I enlisted, I swore to defend this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” he said, adding, “I’d take a bullet for these kids.” Read more  What other stories of courage or sacrifice are you seeing in your community?

Stop Red Ribbon Week for the Little Ones

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By Julie Samrick Along with 80 million other Americans, my school-aged kids will experience Red Ribbon Week at their public elementary school this week. Although the intention behind such a week is noble, the reality of it thrust in my children’s day-to-day life makes me question the program’s goals.   Red Ribbon Week has been… Read more

Civil War Reenactment Wows 21st Century Kids


By Julie Samrick A friend invited us to her kids’ elementary school this weekend in Cool to see a live Civil War reenactment. Let’s just say, my kids and all the others were entranced. For nearly 30 minutes, soldiers from the North and South battled in authentic uniforms, with real muskets (but not real bullets),… Read more