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Kim McNeill

Ah! Snow and Musings on Ex-Babies

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The snow on Saturday was pretty easy for me, a work-at-home mom who didn’t have to go out until the late afternoon. Our new plow guy rules. Not only did he plow and sand, his son shoveled the snow from behind our cars and even moved our trash cans out of the giant snow pile. […] [Read More]
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Explore Ideas to Stay Active with Run! Jump! Fly! at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT

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We all know it is healthy to get moving. Run! Jump! Fly! is an exhibit designed to help kids explore different ways of staying active in an around-the-world tour. There is even a passport you can use to make sure you try every one. Here is a run down of what you can expect at […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Science Center Review for Families

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The Connecticut Science Center opened an architecturally intriguing building in Hartford two years ago. The outside of the Science Center is interesting and spare. The same goes for the inside, for the architecture and the exhibits. The main lobby is expansive, open all the way to the roof many stories above. Colorful, red stair railings […] [Read More]
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Consistency is the Name of the Game

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I was one relaxed momma. My father voluntarily took all three of my kids for a long weekend. I don’t know what he was thinking. Although I am with my 12 year old, 10 year old and four year old all of the time, I am sure it must be intense for someone not used […] [Read More]
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Being the Daughter of Two Engineers is No Guarantee of Liking Science

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It seems pretty obvious that being an engineer and being married to an engineer, that we like science. We do. We have both been quite gratified in our careers. We enjoy having the ability to discern, at least roughly, the validity of scientific claims. We believe that educating our children in science and math will […] [Read More]
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How You Can Make Your Children Smarter

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When I was pregnant with my first child, the book I purchased after “What to Expect” was about helping to maximize my child’s intelligence (it may have been “How to Raise a Brighter Child”, but I am not sure). I am going to use the words intelligence and smarts to mean learning fast and making […] [Read More]
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Top 4 Sneaky Educational Christmas Gifts for Brainy Kids of All Ages

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Puzzles I include jigsaw puzzles in this category, and also 3-d puzzles. Puzzles are also ways to increase verbal skills like spelling, vocabulary, and even trivia with pencil and paper word puzzles like word finds, crosswords, and cryptograms, and board game word puzzles like Scrabble and Boggle. Word games can also help with logic when […] [Read More]
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Stir it Up: Tween Book Review

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Stir it Up is a slim volume for tween and early teens. Written by Ramin¬†Ganeshram, the story follows a 13 year-old, first-generation, American girl with a passion for cooking. Within the first chapter, Ms. Ganeshram’s writing style stands out. She captures the busy life of Anjali and the atmosphere in her family’s restaurant. I liked […] [Read More]
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Websites for Kids and Tweens

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If, like me, you embrace technology for kids (or would like to dip a toe in), here are some websites I’ve used with my kids. Some are just fun, others incorporate education. Babies and Toddlers: Sesame Street. The younger kids will enjoy lapware games (so named because the child sits on your lap and only […] [Read More]
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Kids and Tech

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After being without power for a week, I am happy to contemplate technology and kids.¬†I happily let my children use computers, websites, ipods, digital cameras, etc. Although it took a couple of years (and a couple of children) worth of experimenting, and as my third gets older I believe I’ll have to do more thinking, […] [Read More]
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