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Excellence found in Chatham County public schools

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 9:39am

So it's the last day of school for Chatham County public school kids. Let summer begin!

Oddly enough, as I drove my kids to school this morning for their last day of 4th and 3rd grades, they discussed how they wished they could go to school all year and how school is more fun than summer. Apparently summer is boring, just sitting around watching tv all day (which is not even what my kids do!).

Why we celebrate our family story

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 9:01am

This weekend my husband and I treated our kids to ice cream at Dairy Queen as part of our little guy's birthday celebration weekend. As we sat around the table with our cool treats, our 8-year-old, with a twinkle in his eyes, requested, “Tell us again how much trouble we used to be!” His brother and sister cheered in agreement.

How my 4-year-old's expectations changed the value of a quarter

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:12am

So my children were all playing on electronics recently when I told them it was time to move on to other pursuits. My 4-year-old promptly logged off the computer while his older sister and brother tried to wrap up their games.

I happened to have a quarter in my pocket, so just for fun I gave it to my little guy as a spontaneous reward for being the first to do as I had asked. I do not usually reward my kids like that for simply doing what I ask. I expected him to be happy with the little gift.

How a booster seat caught me by surprise

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:39am

The path of childhood is marked by milestones, some bigger and some smaller. There are the obvious ones like first steps, the first day of school, and the first tooth to fall out. I keep a mental list of these milestones as a sort of guide that my kids and I are on the right track with everything progressing in a healthy way. It's not a deliberate checklist that I planned. More like just a sense of what's ahead and what to expect.

Sometimes, though, the milestones are smaller, perhaps less celebrated, and unexpected. And yet they can stop me in my tracks and tug at my heart.

My daughter's birthday party: finding the balance between Special and Practical

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:35am

It's February, and the birthdays are sneaking up on me again. I can't understand how events that I know are coming every single year can repeatedly take me by surprise, finding me unprepared. But here we are.

My little girl will turn 10 soon, and she has an extensive list of ideas for her birthday party. In fact, if we did every girly “spa extravaganza” activity she has imagined for her birthday, it would require more than a full day and a staff of assistants to pull it off.

How a Screen Fast can boost the fun factor in your home

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:21pm

I have a love hate relationship with screens. Screens... you know, the kind kids love to stare at for hours on end, playing video games or watching tv shows and movies?

I love for my children to have fun, and I happily acknowledge that they can have fun and learn certain skills and knowledge from video games. And I love movies and shows that are funny, inspirational, thought-provoking. There can be a lot of value on a screen.

Enjoying the after-Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/26/2013 - 1:45pm

T'was the day after Christmas and all through the house... the children were happily playing with their Christmas gifts. Making rubber band bracelets and bead creations, roller skating, playing tether ball, riding a stick horse... It makes a parent's heart glad to see their kids enjoying their gifts.

My 4-year-old had repeatedly asked for a stick horse for Christmas, and when he unwrapped it he exclaimed, “It's just what I wanted!” We nailed that one! Today he happily rode his horse down the street to Grandma's house.

Getting ready for Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:48pm

Are you ready for Christmas? Now there's a loaded question. And my answer so often seems to be a resounding yes and no.

Yes, as far as the big things go, I'm ready. My heart and mind are focused. Essential gifts have been wrapped. If Christmas were to surprise us all and show up a day early, I'd be fine. We're good.

Mom dilemma: picking a winner among my children

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 9:52pm

The evening wore on, and my children were busy amusing themselves, chattering back and forth between their bedrooms. From another room in the house I could hear my son and daughter talking excitedly about some new scheme they were collaborating on. As I listened, I gathered they were planning a Christmas decorating contest, and my daughter wanted me to be the judge.

My son protested, “We can't have Mom be the judge. You know who she always picks to win.” My ears perked up, and I wondered if I unknowingly favored one child over the others.

Making the most of the good days

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:59am

The good days of parenting. We all have them, though maybe not as often as we would like. The good days are days when the kids behave well in action and attitude. Days of relative peace and pleasantness. Days of cooperation instead of conflict.

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