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Teaching Kids to Respect Other Cultures Starts With Understanding Your Own – Foster Parents Article

I remember being about nine years old the first time I realized my family culture was different from the culture I was growing up in. My mom had bought a boxed set of cassette tapes of “The News from Lake Wobegon” from a library book sale. As I listened to Garrison Keillor describe life in the midwest, my life started to make just a little more sense. I was a girl growing up in California being raised by a mother…

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Spark an Interest – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

York Minster is one of Europe’s finest Cathedrals. The central tower is 235ft (72m) tall. It’s Northern Europe’s biggest Gothic Cathedral. The first religious building was built on this site in 637AD. Work started on the current Gothic structure in 1230 and was completed in 1472. The Minster has 128 stained glass windows which apparently have 2000000 individual glass pieces. It’s a busy place of worship with over 1600 services each year. Thankfully York has not succumbed to the plague…

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30 Kids’ Shows of the 1930s – Parents Article

The BBC first became involved in television broadcasting way back in 1929 when John Logie Baird used their London transmitter to send out experimental programming. By March 1930 there was simultaneous transmission of pictures and sound, and by the end of the year there was regular scheduled programming, with 30 minutes on weekday mornings and another 30 minutes at midnight on Tuesdays and Fridays, after radio broadcasts had finished for the day. Jane Carr in make up for 30 line…

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Babi a Fi: Honeymoon in Pontnewydd – Parents Article

Pontnewydd has lots going for it, I’m the first to say so, but honeymoon destination is not something that springs to mind! Yet, on September 29th 1903, two lovebirds had their Pontnewydd honeymoon cut short when police arrested them on suspicion of theft.The Evening Express (30/09/1903) told its readers:A HONEYMOON ARREST – Joseph Franks, a Jew, and his wife, Elizabeth, were arrested at Pontnewydd on Tuesday on a charge of stealing a gold chain value £10, and £20 in money.…

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Imagination – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

It doesn’t have to be big to have a bucket full of atmosphere. This is Skelton Tower on the North Yorkshire Moors. It’s almost 200 years old and is a former hunting lodge. If you time your arrival at the Tower correctly then you can enjoy the passing Steam Train coming down the North Yorkshire Moors railway. Unfortunately this walking muppet has never managed that. Still you still get views of the haunting Newtondale. The Tower is also a fantastic…

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Babi a Fi: Books about Cwmbran – Parents Article

Books about Cwmbran! I’ll link all the titles up to review posts about them, eventually. For now here’s an (incomplete) list…✩ Cwmbran History and Mystery – Carol Ann Lewis (2013)✩ Cwmbran Vol 1. – Gareth D. John and Graham Lawrence (2007)✩ Cwmbran Vol 2. – Gareth D. John and Graham Lawrence (2009)✩ Rebuilding a Valley: History of Cwmbran Development Corporation – Philip Riden (1988)✩ The Trains don’t stop here any more: A pictorial history of Cwmbran from the 1930’s to the…

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Family Connections & History • Science of Parenting • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Parents Article

Last week, I gave you some hobbies and activities to try in order to celebrate your family and create #greatchildhoods. Want to dig a little deeper? The next step beyond immediate family activities is family connections and family history. These are the ideas that will help parents connect their children to those who came before them and helped to pave the way. Remembering, celebrating, and reflecting on history is a great way to bond with one another across generations! Ideas…

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