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Where to flush the plush

Think of that ton of plush animals gathering dust in your young one’s room. There’s too many to count, and they’re just too cute to trash. Besides, Grandma and Grandpa spent a lot of money on those. When Junior’s finally ready to let some go, there’s a perfect place to donate them and help someone [...]

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Mother’s Day idea for considerate yet somewhat lazy fathers

Mother’s Day is coming May 12. Ooh, you forgot, didn’t you? It’s OK, you’ve got some time to help the kids make a gift. What? You don’t do that kind of thing? Oh. Lucky for you, the West End Park & Open Space Commission DOES do that kind of thing. From 10 a.m. to noon [...]

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This summer, make your own shrunken potato chip head

Spring has finally arrived (no, really!) which means Pocono parents have to start thinking about summer. As in: “What the heck will we do with the kids once school’s out?” We’re lucky to have two higher-education institutions nearby that offer summer courses for the younger crowd. Northampton Community College’s Horizons For Youth program in Tannersville [...]

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Sunday Funday outdoor free-for-all

This is the weekend to put aside your cabin fever, for two reasons: 1) Forecasters say Pocono weather will be partly sunny, with a high in the 50s (insert sigh of relief here); and 2) it’s time for Sunday Funday! Camp Speers-Eljabar, a YMCA camp on Nichecronk Road in Dingmans Ferry, is hosting five hours [...]

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Knit a kiss for kids in need

Continuing our theme of  “do unto others,” while your kids are making Valentines for Vets (see last week’s blog), please put your own knitting skills to work for the children of Newtown, Conn. Creators of the Kissing Hand Mitten Project are collecting handmade mittens with hearts sewn or knitted into the palm, inspired by the [...]

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Heartwarming show of gratitude for veterans

It can be difficult to teach little kids about gratitude. They are naturally wired to think “mine, mine, mine!” and accept as a given all the things they are given. Community-service projects for older kids are abundant, but parents of little ones might have a harder time finding age-appropriate ways to show them the importance [...]

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And a Malibu Barbie in a pear tree

I’ve done it again. Every year, I vow in the autumn that I will NOT buy too many Christmas gifts for my girls. “Just a few things they REALLY want,” I say, “and no overindulgence.” Then it comes time, right about now, to take out of the Secret Hiding Place the toys I’ve collected for [...]

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Santa gets technical

No blog lately because 1) I’m a mom; and 2) It’s December. While those two things preclude me being on time for anything, they also make me really excited about stuff like this: The Portable North Pole — Santa letters for the 21st century. Go to www.portablenorthpole.com and personalize a video message from Santa, to [...]

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Where the Christmas spirit feels free

By now the turkey leftovers are finished, a few decorations are up and the kids are completing their lists for Santa. And you’re thinking, “This is getting expensive.” So you look, as you often do throughout the year, for fun, cheap/free things to do with the kiddies. But when you get there, the festival/show/concert is [...]

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Oh, the humanity

When I became a mom, I expected the rush of motherly feelings: the urge to nurture, protect and kiss boo-boos all better. I wasn’t expecting for some degree of these feelings to spill out toward other children. If I see a little one who is not my own trip or cry or spill, my first [...]

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