year : 2015 285 results

Rainy Days

It has been raining a lot recently. A whole lot. And if you are home with kids who are accustom to spending several hours a day outside, like me, it could very easily make you want to pull your hair out. Like me. I’ve been racking my brain Pintrest my brain and searching my computer to keep my kids busy the last few weeks. Here are a few things that my kids have enjoyed. Snow Center. Microwave Ivory soap for several minutes and when it has turned into a big cloud stop the microwave and ...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from the Hams

Merry Christmas from the Ham family!  Our 2015 Christmas card was created by the oldest Ham kid, DJ.  That George Washington University media class paid off. Thank you for following our blog.

6 resolutions every family with young kids should make in 2016

BY Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media  If last year you agonized over screen time, 2016 should bring some relief. New research on how media affects kids - including everything from watching Peg + Cat reading eBooks to FaceTiming with relatives - indicates that quality screen time can improve learning, social skills, and even emotional growth. This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics will offer new guidelines for families on how to use smartphones, tablets, TV, and games ...

Traditions

My Michelle wrote this paper for her writing class.  I think it says a lot about the importance of tradition.  Life is all about building memories.  It often takes year to learn the impact of what we do today. The Christmas Pageant The chapel at St. Timothy’s during the Christmas season is beautiful. Standing at the front of the dim room, is a huge Christmas tree that almost touches the ceiling. Four colored candles are placed on a garland that is held from a long, bulky, black ...

Finding Balance

My family is my top priority. How many times do we hear ourselves saying this? I find myself saying it frequently, but my actions don’t always exhibit what I say. For years, when my kids were sick I would leave them with the sitter and go to work. I would go out to optional work events instead of tucking them in at night. I thought these things would help me get ahead in my career. Then came graduate school. I started three years ago and have been taking it slow. Most semesters just one ...

A chimney’s surprise: poignant letters to Santa, written a century ago

BY COREY KILGANNON New York Times  Last week, Peter Mattaliano, 66, an acting coach and screenwriter, put up Christmas decorations in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment and laid out presents for the children: Mary and Alfred. Photo: NEW YORK TIMES These are not Mattaliano’s children, and they are no longer living. But a century ago they lived in what is now Mattaliano’s home. He has honored Mary and Alfred every December for the past 15 ...

How can I help my thumb-sucker stop?

Q. My 4-year-old is a thumb-sucker and has been since the day we took his pacifier away two years ago. I’m worried that it will effect his speech development. Will it make it hard for him to pronounce words? Will it cause delays? How can I get him to stop? A. Thumb sucking, especially following pacifier removal, is quite common among young children as they replace one soothing behavior with another. When thumb sucking is short-term, it typically does not result in significant negative ...

Many Wake County students go hungry during winter break

BY T. KEUNG HUI, News & Observer Education Reporter Thousands of Wake County students face going hungry during the next two weeks while schools are on winter break and not providing the breakfasts and lunches that low-income students rely on for daily meals. While middle-to-upper-income students enjoy the winter holidays, some parents of their less-well-off peers may be trying to find enough food to put on the table. This lack of regular access to food when Wake County ...

The Coveted Puffy Shirt

I got the puffy shirt!  Only for half of the shows, but a puffy no less. Two years ago in Ira David Wood’s A Christmas Carol, I was cast not only as a townsperson, but also as a dancer in the second act’s Fezzy Wig dance.  The entire cast is on stage for this number but only about twelve are dancers. It was perhaps the most stressful, nerve-racking thing I’ve ever participated in – including giving a speech to over 1,000 people, having surgery and riding The Beast, my first ...

Family Meals Matter: Slow cookers have meals ready when you are

HealthyEating.org After a long day of work or school, preparing an entire meal from scratch might not be top of your "want to do list." Slow cookers are a great way to get most of the work done ahead of time, so your dinner can be ready the moment you come home. A hearty Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions sandwich topped with Apple Yogurt Coleslaw and served with Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic is sure to become a family favorite. Make your meals simple this week with more slow ...