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Marcellus Park Little Free Library. Photo by Christopher Malon.

Mid-Michigan Little Free Libraries

Have you heard of Little Free Libraries? At first glance, they may look like an over-sized birdhouse or dollhouse, but these small buildings are so much more. They provide a resource that encourages literacy, creates community, and gives children {and adults!} an opportunity to borrow a book free of charge from an ever-changing selection. Marcellus Park Little Free [...]
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Meet Jena: A Thumb Mom with Lots of Littles!

Hello there!  I’m Jena.  Thank you so much for taking a moment to “meet” me.  I’m passionate about encouraging and equipping other moms, so I am thrilled to be here in this wonderful community with you.  One of my favorite things about motherhood is that so many others have gone before us, so we can […]

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Homeschooling: Finding That Something

My husband and I grew up in traditional families with what we consider to be ‘average American childhood experiences’. We had loving family units, siblings, pets, summer vacations, and attended public schools. We thrived as children, made friends, were in band, and went on to college after graduating from high school. Yet, looking back, we […]

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Why Does My Four-Year-Old Have Homework?

Recently, a friend was describing how horrible the homework routine is for her daughter. I nodded my head in complete understanding and said, “I know what you’re going through.” My friend said, “Yeah, Colton deals with this too, huh?” {Colton is my 17-year-old step-son}. I responded, “Oh no I’m talking about my four-year-old, Claire.” Claire […]

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Staying Private In A Very Public Age

We have chosen to keep my child’s identity private in this very public age. However, I love seeing your children and families in my news feed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Nothing fills my heart like seeing pictures of your newborn. A child’s lost tooth. First {and last} days of school. Family vacations and other milestones. Please, please keep sharing! I love […]

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Please, Don’t Talk Politics In Front of My Child!

Last fall, my first grader had his first brush with politics during a mock election that his school put on for the 2016 presidential election. He was so excited! I thought it would be fun, too. Interactive learning is always the best: what better way to teach kids how the American democratic system works than by actually showing […]

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