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Play it Safe this Labor Day

Heather Neal - Monday, August 27, 2012 - 7:00am

The first month of doing the school-work-home combo has been absolutely draining. How does my 4-year-old’s school day take so much more of my time away and increase my stress level exponentially? I’ll save that for...

Starting Summer Break with a Bang

Heather Neal - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 12:06pm

Summer break is here (or almost here for the last few districts still in session this week). This begins that tricky season of keeping the kids entertained while keeping their brains from napping. Summer learning loss...

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Blanket Forts for Summer Fun

Heather Neal - Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 6:10am

A rainy day across the state is a great time to break out the blanket fort. An iconic staple of childhood, the blanket fort is the ideal combination of fun, creativity, and comfort. It’s also a fantastic way to get...

My kid playing with the water sponge I made for his party last weekend.  Very successful!

Water Games to Beat the Heat

Heather Neal - Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 11:54am

With temperatures hitting the 90’s around most of the state this week, water play is a great way to have fun and keep cool. As kids, we needed little more than a sprinkler in the yard. However, I have quite a few...

Seriously.  How is this a thing?

Why Doesn't This Bag Leak?

Heather Neal - Friday, June 21, 2013 - 6:15am

In keeping with the Summer Fun theme, I give you why in the world doesn't this bag leak?! Steve Spangler has some incredible science experiments on YouTube. The idea is for kids (with adult supervision) to try them out...

Safety for Independence Day Fun

Heather Neal - Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:59am

Independence Day is for celebrating! Whether you’re keeping it low-key and grilling at home or celebrating big with fireworks and friends, safety is especially important on this summer holiday. The National Safety...

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Patriotic Projects for All Ages

Heather Neal - Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 7:29am

As parents, one of our many responsibilities is passing on our history. Especially on Independence Day, it is important to share the traditions of this holiday as well as its historical significance. As adults, we...

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Summer Fun to Celebrate Ice Cream Month

Heather Neal - Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:04am

July is Ice Cream Month! Whoever it is that decides these random and silly holidays (peanut butter and jelly day, y’all?) has gotten it right this time. Ice cream gets a whole month. I’m in. Finally, it seems today...

Beach at Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier (via GA State Parks Facebook page)

Georgia’s Beaches, No Where Near the Coast

Heather Neal - Friday, July 19, 2013 - 6:52am

Georgia has a huge, gorgeous coastline. Sadly, that coastline is – you know, all the way at the coast, which is far for a lot of Georgians. If it’s at all possible, go to the ocean. Go to the beach. The act of...

A look at the books we're reading for Back to School.

7 Books to Get Ready for School

Heather Neal - Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:45am

Whether we’re ready for summer to be over or not, the school year is starting. A half dozen districts or so around the state are already back today. More start tomorrow and by the end of next week, summer is at an end...

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