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As the end of school approaches, experienced parents know to expect an almost never ending assortment of events, parties, and other school functions.  For many of these events, parents are asked to contribute baked goods or other treats.

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Most parents would agree that having their children get a good education is important to them.  The fact is that the quality of education that one receives can affect one’s future educational opportunities, job prospects, and income levels.  Statistics show that men and women who go on to get their bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees can expect to earn more money than men and women who graduate from high school or obtain a GED.

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As children, my sisters and I enjoyed thunderstorms! We’d sit out on the porch with our parents and sing songs and play games while waiting for the storm to pass.  I’m not sure if it was the safest place to be, but it did certainly help to alleviate storm fears.

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When I was a child, we often got Amish Friendship Cake batter as a “gift”.  I put that word in quotes because some people don’t find friendship cake batter to be much of a gift. In fact, some people consider Amish Friendship cake batter to be the cake version of a chain letter. Read on and you’ll see why.

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Do people sit around drumming their fingers at your Christmas parties?

Give them something to remember at this year’s get-together! Create a home made Christmas Game that everyone can enjoy. (more…)

An old friend recently sent me a link to an article because he knew of my interest in higher education and in college students. The article talks about the growing trend of colleges and universities toward dropping many of the “soft” courses such as arts and humanities in favor of focusing on a more career based curriculum. Reading the article made me sad and was very disheartening.

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The ancient Celtic people are famous the world over to this day because of their incredible style of jewelry and ornamentation, as seen in so many stunning and meaningful styles of Celtic Wedding Ring. The focal point of Celtic jewelry such as the Celtic Band styles worn as wedding rings by married couples is the Celtic knot, which has no beginning and no end. This made it a symbol of eternity and was meant to express eternal love and lifelong fidelity when used as the central motif of a Celtic Knot Ring. This sort of ornamental knot work seen in the many types of Celtic wedding ring was found adorning ancient manuscripts and monuments, and later often seen accompanied by the Celtic cross, also known as St. Patrick’s cross or the cross of Padraig. The Celtic band as a wedding ring has also been around for a long time, as these rings were admired for their beautiful and unique craftsmanship and traded throughout the known world at the time. That is why variations on the Celtic knot ring have been found all over Europe and to this day, Celtic jewelry such as the Celtic wedding ring is a beloved and popular style of jewelry worn by people all over the world.

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Have you considered some sneaky behavior in your attempts to get an ex back? It can have some real impact on your efforts. No, we are not talking underhanded methods but more covert type behavior design to cause an element of surprise.

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I can’t help it. I’m going to nag you about seeing your adviser. Over and over again. After all, I was a college adviser. Remember? As an adviser, I’ve seen countless examples of how students could’ve saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had just sat down and talked to someone about their academic decisions. So let me give you a list of reasons of why I think it’s important to visit your adviser at least once each semester. I can’t promise I won’t nag you about it again, but at least you’ll know where I’m coming from. (more…)

Clay Bedford, an educational advocate, once said, “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”  By using games and other “fun” activities parents can reinforce and encourage children to excel in their educational studies.  Hopefully, this will create a curiosity which will continue through the rest of that child’s life.

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