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Parent’s Guide to South Huntsville

Parent’s Guide to South Huntsville

Huntsville is a fantastic place to raise a family, but settling into any new town is tricky and sometimes you just want some insider info on where the hotspots are! Especially when there are stir crazy kids in your house just itching to get out and explore their new territory. Here are some tried &(…)

Homeschooling with STEAM

Homeschooling with STEAM

Doresa homeschools her three children (an 8 year old son in third grade and 6 year old boy/girl twins in first grade) in the Greater Huntsville area. They cover the fundamentals (reading, arithmetic, writing) in the morning, but when afternoon rolls around, things get really interesting. Theirs is a STEAM-based homeschool encompassing science, technology, engineering,(…)

The Midlife Crisis Strikes!

The Midlife Crisis Strikes!

At 6:42 this morning, I turned 43 years old. I don’t think 43 is supposed to be a significant birthday. It’s just one of those in-the-middle ones. It is pretty solidly “middle age,” though, I think. Once upon a time I teased people who were, say, 56 and claiming “middle age.” “Only if you live(…)

Affordable Recycled Craft Ideas

Affordable Recycled Craft Ideas

With Earth Day coming up on April 22, what better time to celebrate with some fun recycled craft ideas? I love shopping for craft supplies, but I’m also a firm believer in using what you have on hand, especially when it comes to kids – because let’s be honest, they don’t typically care how much(…)

Tornado Safety for Families

Tornado Safety for Families

It’s April, and if you’ve lived in Madison County for any amount of time your “Tornado Spidey Sense” might be tingling right about now. Huntsville has a long history of weathering these storms, and there’s a big reason we’re #2 on The Weather Channel’s “Top 10 Tornado Cities” list. If you’re a parent, Tornado Season(…)

When Is It Time for a Child’s First Phone?

When Is It Time for a Child’s First Phone?

Childhood’s exit is a thousand tiny deaths. For example, it gets steadily harder to generate a truly quizzical look on your child’s face. I got one of the best ones ever when Nathan was 9 or so. Nathan (hopefully): “Dad, how old were you when you got your first cell phone?” Bo (casually): “Oh, about(…)

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