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What do Teachers Really Want?

What do Teachers Really Want?

As the last day of school approaches before winter break, I wondered, what do we get my daughter's teachers?

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Don't Get Stuck!

Don't Get Stuck!

I've been there.

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Nothing Is Sweeter Than A Letter To Santa

Every year, the boys write a letter to Santa Claus.

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Bristol Girl Donates Toys, Shows True Holiday Spirit

Bristol Girl Donates Toys, Shows True Holiday Spirit

Amelia is a Bristol kindergartner with a big heart, showing everyone that a little throughtfulness goes a long way during the holiday...

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Tips To Keep Cool While Ordering A Holiday Card

Tips To Keep Cool While Ordering A Holiday Card

Perhaps you're like me...late to the party this year.

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Tipping Etiquette for Your Nanny or Babysitter

Tipping Etiquette for Your Nanny or Babysitter

You trust them with your children, so what do you get them for the hoidays to show your appreciation?

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Car Seats Expire Too!

It's a beautiful thing. You've got questions, they've got answers. 

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Black Friday, No Thanks!

Did you set your alarm, flier in hand, get in line and join the Black Friday crowds? Or maybe you hit up the outlets on your way home...

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Hartford Has It. Really!

I finally got around to checking out the free ice skating at...

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Moneta Moments Bakery Owners Like To Surprise Strangers With Treats

Throughout December, the owners of Moneta Moments, an allergen-friendly bakery in Windsor, take-on a merry mission. "We go to a specific...

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Classic, Simple Toys Are Better For Young Children

Classic, Simple Toys Are Better For Young Children

What's in the shopping bag for your small child this holiday season? A blinking gadget? "So many parents want to buy the big fancy thing,...

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Trust the Tiny Toy Testers

Trust the Tiny Toy Testers

Still stumped about what to buy your kids this holiday season?

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Let There Be Light!

I used to dread it.

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Do You Know First Aid To Help Someone Experiencing A Panic Attack?

As new parents, we prepare for the worst in terms of our babies' health and safety. Before we even give birth, many of us spend a Saturday...

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10 Hands-On, But Not Hand-Held, Toys For  Holidays

10 Hands-On, But Not Hand-Held, Toys For Holidays

These days, even the toy aisle for babies seem to be full of electronics. But there are choices out there that still have a more basic, old-...

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Cooking with the Kids: Thanksgiving Ideas!

Cooking with the Kids: Thanksgiving Ideas!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving? Or maybe you're one of the...

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Type 1 Diabetes Increasing As Medical Teams Shrink

Type 1 Diabetes Increasing As Medical Teams Shrink

In the 15 months since Brian Lybeck's Type 1 Diabetes' diagnosis, the seventh grader and his family have worked with four different diabetes...

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Movie Theater Provides Jobs And Hope For Adults With Disabilities

Movie Theater Provides Jobs And Hope For Adults With Disabilities

When Kris Mann steps-up to the podium to welcome a packed house to the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, he speaks with a strong, clear...

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Winter Coats & Car Seats Don't Mix

Winter Coats & Car Seats Don't Mix

It's freezing out. Gone are the days of running out of the house without the big, bulky winter coat, hat and mittens. But, if you've got a...

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Time Out!

Time Out!

"You need a time-out!" I've now said to my 3 year old daughter several times. Sometimes we're home, so my husband or I are the only...

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An Inconvenient Time to Be Pregnant

I was on bedrest during a portion of all of my pregnancies. My doctor's advice wasn't something I could choose to ignore.

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Mom Creates New Career Option And Arts Studio For Kids

Mom Creates New Career Option And Arts Studio For Kids

Karla Kress-Boyle loves hip-hop, jazz and ballet. "I've danced my whole life, since my aunt gave me tap shoes when I was a baby in the...

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Financial Aid for Dummies

There's no reason that figuring out your family's college financial aid situation should be so complicated. But it is. We're approaching...

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How to Throw An Awesome 'Magic' Party!

How to Throw An Awesome 'Magic' Party!

Each year, I channel my inner "party planner" when preparing for my sons' birthdays.  I love it...I find it creative and super-fun.&...

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Save The Bright Spot

Save The Bright Spot

"I don't trust many people with my child, and she treats each child like their hers" says...

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Tattling versus Telling: Deciphering the Gray Area

Tattling versus Telling: Deciphering the Gray Area

This summer, I talked with a dad on the beach.  He told me how his 10 year old son was at sleepover camp.  Something happened......

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Meet a Connecticut Military Family in Honor of Veterans Day

Meet a Connecticut Military Family in Honor of Veterans Day

Rhea Fernholz is one of thousands of Connecticut Veterans who have served our country.  She joined the U.S. Army&...

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McDonald's Hello Kitty Recall

McDonald's Hello Kitty Recall

Check the toy box if you've bought the kids a Happy Meal recently.

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Navigating The Magnet-Open Choice Lottery System

Navigating The Magnet-Open Choice Lottery System

The Sheff vs. O'Neill lawsuit of 1989 created many diverse public education options for local families. Now is the time to investigate...

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Acts of Kindness to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Acts of Kindness to Celebrate Thanksgiving

I've been trying to teach my children to be thankful for their blessings. 

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Raising Impatient Kids: Simple Strategies To Make 'Waiting' Fun

Raising Impatient Kids: Simple Strategies To Make 'Waiting' Fun

There was a long line of slow-moving cars, waiting to enter our favorite beach in Newport on July 4th.  Rather than join 'em, we got...

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On Education


Sarah Cody
My boys have expanded my world in many, many ways. I know I'm supposed to discourage potty humor but, truthfully, I find it pretty funny, too. Read more…

Teresa M. Pelham
I am a freelance writer and mother of three boys. Unless you have three boys you can't imagine how oddly people react when they hear that. Read more…

Kristin Callinan
For 15 years, I spent my days rushing to make deadline. Now the most important thing in my world is my children. Read more…
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