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Well, school is over and after having WAY too much time with our kids through the pandemic so far, summer is here. And, it seems we have even MORE time with them. Yay, us! How are you planning to survive? I’ve got a few ideas – hopefully they are a wee bit helpful for you as well, in these dire times. Create a Summer Bucket List Sit the kiddos down and see if you can all agree on a few activities that everyone is invested in. Here are a few categories that we are considering in my home. Adventure: this does not have to be expensive or hard. Find a new park in your city, do a road trip, go strawberry picking, or check out a local Farmer’s Market. Do GOOD: have the kids set up a lemonade stand for a local charity, collect canned goods for the local food…

Like most recent celebrations and holidays, Valentine’s Day is going to look very different this year. Usually, at this time, our kiddos are excitedly preparing cards for their friends and working on crafts during art class. Many children are currently doing school online, and all are feeling the pain of getting fewer hugs from grandparents and friends. So, what can parents do to ensure the kids still have a fun and special day? Create some crazy new traditions and do some fun activities My friend Jenn, loves to celebrate everything! One of the traditions she started was to keep her Christmas tree up year around, but she and her family decorate it according to the season. Her Valentine’s tree looks spectacular! Kids love doing crafts and we love kids being busy, so picking up a Valentine’s Day Craft Kit is top of my list. I also discovered a local mom…