Camp Mama: Building and Cooking

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.     I know I said that cooking was a weekly goal of Camp Mama this year, but we thought we’d jump start the process with a week wherein the kids were responsible for lunch each day. Monday morning we gathered and let them make a menu, then after […]

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Camp Mama: Ready or Not

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   Last year Camp Mama saved our family from a summer of fighting over screen time and the contention that inevitably comes when they get their way and play too long. It saved us from the autumnal regret of a summer squandered. But best of all Camp Mama last […]

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Camp Mama: Rockets

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   It’s the last week of summer for us in North Texas and we went out with a bang and a fizzle. How did we fill up an entire summer and leave so many things out? I guess summer is like vacations: you always want to leave something you didn’t do […]

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Camp Mama: Robotics

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   This week could have alternately been called “I have Pinterest so I think I can do anything.” Unfortunately, instead of learning my lesson I learned that with the power of the internet I can really do almost anything. Delusions of grandeur beware. This week was a success, but […]

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Talking to Children About the News

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   It’s complicated. You can accuse me of sheltering my children too much, and that would be fair, but last week I finally opened up to my children the discussion had on a national scale. It wasn’t easy, and it started haltingly. Our country is deeply troubled. Our people […]

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It finally came close enough to home last night that this morning I started the dialogue with my children. And yet I feel guilty that I waited this long, that I waited until it was personal to us. It’s been personal to other people, it’s been just as important, just as upsetting, just as scary, […]

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Habit Forming

Cross-posted by Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   Both of my boys have been thumb suckers although neither started their earthly life doing so.  Red has given up the habit but Blue continues to suck his thumb despite what he said last January about stopping this year.  I’ll admit that I enjoy the stopping-sucking-thumb process about […]

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