Spring 2017

Retro Mom

Inspiring Our Kids

My mother is a writer. The first time I helped her with a writing project was for a book she published in 1972. I was 10, and my participation (shown in the photo above), involved being a guinea pig. She was testing recipes for Cosmetics in the Kitchen, a book that utilized common ingredients that […]

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Full STEAM Ahead

Full “STEAM” Ahead Helping Kids to Succeed at School For years, education experts and legislators have tussled with defining best practices for teaching our students. Still, we’re left with this foundational question: “What does my child need to know to succeed?” With the newest education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we’re closer to

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Try This: Colorful Bird Feeders

Nesting with Color Spring is the time for new life—which is especially visible as birds begin to sing and dance throughout our yards. Try something colorful this spring, and make a “string feeder.” Fill a traditional wire bird feeder, or a decorative twig ball, with short pieces of colorful yarn. Birds will use the string

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How To: Fairy Gardens

Gardening with Magic Miniature gardens are so much more fun when fairies are involved—and these enchanting locations aren’t that difficult to start, even for a young child. First you will need to decide where the fairies are going to live, whether it be in a pot, a trough, or an old fountain. Then, choose an

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Say the Word: Disability

Say the Word. I am fascinated by disability as a subject—the history of people with disabilities, how disability presents itself, what difference means. I enjoy questioning mainstream ideas of disability and I thoroughly disagree with the idea that disability is something to cure, that people with disabilities are broken bits of flesh that need fixing.

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Recipe: Grammy’s Apple Pie

12-year-old Colton Seamands shares his favorite recipes, one of which includes Grammy’s Apple Pie. Check out Pheasant Wraps here. Grammy’s Apple Pie Circa 1930s — Editor’s Note: When we made this, it fed an army. Either Grammy used a very large pie plate, or you can halve the number of apples. Crust • 2 2/3 c

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Making an Impact: CASA

The Seventh Circuit CASA Program Kehala Two Bulls, Executive Director  |  Anne Dunne, Administrative Assistant Shirley Sutherland, Interim Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator  |  DeNean White, Volunteer Coordinator When children come into the court system, they have lost a lot—their families, their pets, and sometimes their siblings—at no fault of their own. Many have been hurt within the home,

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Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business Legal Considerations for Parents of Children with Disabilities As a parent, your number-one goal is to help your child to succeed. Understanding your children’s rights—and your rights as their parent—is an important step in achieving that success. Here’s a brief overview of those rights as they apply to education and financial

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How To: Homemade Playdough

Nana’s All-Around Go-To Activity “Homemade playdough is great for young children between the ages of one to 10—and I’ve seen it be a great therapeutic stress reliever for adults, too!” Nana says. “We’ve turned it into ‘food’ of any kind—my son used to make ‘pancakes’ for his baby sister—or it can be a farm for

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Make Chores Fun

Make Chores Fun! The team at BH Parent has gathered our best tips to convert chore time in the home into the most fun for everyone involved. Draw your chores. From personal hygiene tasks to putting dishes in the washer, kids make drawings of their daily tasks and post them in a high-visibility spot. The

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