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Gear Up for Kindergarten Emily Patterson Memphis Moms Blog

Gearing Up for Kindergarten

I remember it vividly… that mixed feeling of hope and uncertainty, excitement and fear. You’ve been waiting for this for 5 years (or more) and now that it’s here, you aren’t sure they’re ready. No, it’s not college, it’s Kindergarten. But it’s no joke, my friends, this thing they call “SK.” They say today’s Kindergarten […]

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Halfway to 7000

We have a saying in our church that you only have approximately 7000 days with your child from crib to college. This idea has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. You see, my oldest and first born child, Alexandria (Ali), will be 9 this weekend. In less than a few days, we’ll be at day […]

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The Talks Mom Never Had With Me

My husband and I have 4 children, 3 sons and 1 beautiful, spunky and overprotected daughter. Our boys are fabulous, but I’ll like them more when they learn their urine belongs in the toilet and not on the seat, the floor, and their underwear. Growing up with 3 younger sisters, I never had to worry about boys. […]

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Dear Oldest Child

Dear Oldest Child, You have two little sisters who are needy and hold my attention most hours of the day. You help take care of the others – fetching diapers, picking up toys and often fixing your own toast so I can make a bottle. At a whopping six years old, you are the one […]

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Disability or Possibility?

As an educator, the hardest thing to do is tell parents that their child is struggling.  Whether the struggle manifests itself through behavior or math, reading, and writing deficits – you want nothing more than to take the struggle away. When you hear the term learning disability, what comes to your mind? Did you know […]

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The Case for Summer Camp

Part of a mom is learning to exist in the moment while simultaneously planning ahead…and so today, though it is chilly, dreary, and decidedly winter, I want you to think ahead to summer. Have you considered whether your kiddo will be going to summer camp? If you haven’t, or if you’re on the fence, I’m […]

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Read Across America :: March 2, 2016

Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’s birthday!) is Wednesday, March 2. When I was a kid, reading was my favorite thing to do. Sure, I enjoyed watching the enthralling 90s shows such as the Adventures of the Gummi Bears and Gullah Gullah Island, but lying in bed reading a book (or three) was my idea […]

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