So Long to the Waking Nightmare that was Remote Learning – Foster Parents Article

I was trying to figure out why there’s been this familiar sinking feeling in my stomach for the last 8 weeks or so. This “remote learning” thing has been rough, but why did it feel like I’d experience this before? That’s when I realized I’ve been waking up every morning with that same feeling you get during the stress dream where you’re showing up to take a test in a class you’ve never been to before. You know that dream?…

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18 Best Cooling Summer Foods for Babies – Parents Article

The weather’s getting hotter and babies crankier! Keep them refreshed inside out with these Cooling Summer Foods for Babies – nutritious and hydrating! It’s summer, and depending upon how you look at it, it’s time for sweaty days and dehydration, or for mangoes and ice cream! Whatever the case may be, we adults can always find our own ways to beat the heat, and we can always reach into the fridge and make ourselves a refreshing smoothie or a salad.…

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How to Get Ready for Summer Camp – Parents Article

If summer camp is in the future for your child, spring is the perfect time to start planning and preparing! Whether your kids are interested in day camp or sleep-away camp, there’s no denying the educational and social benefits summer camps can have. However, some kids find it easier to adjust to the new routine than others. For children returning to a camp they’ve attended in the past, the process can be exciting! They’re looking forward to seeing old friends,…

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Midlife Singlemum: R2BC – End Of Summer – Single Mum, Parents Article

I once wrote a blog post about why you have to go away during the summer and how you can do it without spending a fortune. I wrote it when DD was 4 1/2 but it’s still relevant for older kids. We were coming to the end of nine weeks of school break for DD and although I’ve been working steadily on online summer courses and prep for next year (supposedly), we were beginning to feel like we’d done nothing.…

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Homecoming – Foster Parents Article

The inky cobalt depths call to me with a siren’s song. Farther and farther I swim away. Each kick of my legs leaves me feeling powerful and strong. My family is shrinking away from me. The world is quiet this far from the sandy beach. The water laps at my skin like a lover’s caress. Farther and farther I swim. Mary’s head is a tiny pinpoint beyond the deep deep blue. There is more than meets the eye in the…

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Quick & Easy Thirst-Quenching Watermelon & Feta Salad Recipe – Parents Article

5 July, 2019So, it’s official.  This unprecedented heatwave is predicted to last for the rest of summer and if you’re struggling to cope with the heat like I am, you’ll welcome this gorgeous recipe for a light, cooling salad – water-rich, stuffed with vitamins and containing one of my favourite cheeses, feta.  What’s not to like!Cool Watermelon and Feta Salad from Sopwell HouseEven better, this watermelon and feta salad recipe was created by none other than Gopi Chandran, Head Chef…

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Kale, Cantaloupe, Goat Cheese Salad Recipe- SO Easy – A Child Grows – Parents Article

Hi, everyone! We have another summer salad recipe here that saves well in the fridge and is super filling.  This kale-themed salad is always such a hit, and so totally easy that it’s one of my personal favorites for all summertime events. With goat cheese, it’s easy on the stomach, and can be eaten with zero guilt. Cantaloupes are amazing this time of year- let’s enjoy one! This pairs well with any protein or side grain, but also loves to be…

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Summer Activities for Kids – Dad’s Awesome Life – Single Dad, Parents Article

Welcome back, everyone! Kicking off the return blog post, we’re talking about summer activities. Last year, summer was spent getting moved into our new house! Many kids finished up school last week, and mine finish up this Friday. As a single Dad, summers get crazy, so I am always looking ahead to what we can do, and how I can do more than let summer vacation be a summer of doing random, everyday things. There are many lists of things…

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Why an Inflatable Hot Tub is Worth the Cost – Parents Article

Locally, going to the swimming pool is quite expensive, and the beach is far from my home. For that reason, now that we finally have a yard, I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a backyard above ground pool for the family to enjoy in the summer. Now that I read this post by a reader, though, I’m wondering if maybe we should get one that doubles as a hot tub. A soft hot tub or inflatable hot tub is…

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A Mom’s Summer Out-of-Office Message | – Foster Parents Article

Hello! Thank you for attempting to contact me via social media/text/phone/making eye-contact/etc. My brain is currently out of the office for the summer. I would love to respond to your request for my attention, but I am unavailable. I am probably helping dress a child who just came out of the bathroom with their racerback swimsuit on backwards. Or I may be making making a meal. . . again. . . all the time. . . every day. . .…

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