Author Archive | Audra W

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November’s Eve Resolution: Avoid the Post-Holiday Letdown

Well, the holidays are approaching — No! No! Don’t run! It’s okay. I’m just here to talk. Sit down. Stop shaking. We’re going to be okay. Here’s a paper bag. Breathe deeply. Breathe. Believe me, I know from experience how all the holiday stress followed by post-holiday letdown makes you wonder if the season is […]

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How Bullying Affects Us All

I thought our son was relatively safe from the whole bullying experience, and I was surprised that when my friend asked him how he liked middle school, he replied, without hesitation, “There aren’t any bullies.” I hadn’t realized that bullying was such a prioritized concern for him. I admit that I was worried about bullying […]

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Math Homework Help to the Rescue!

Math Homework Help to the Rescue!

If there is any one force that can reduce an entire family to tears and tantrums, it’s a child’s math homework. We’ve all been there. We all have the scars to prove it. In elementary school, my son was pretty good at math, yet we still suffered some long, painful homework sessions. I had my moments […]

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Adventuring With Kids Who Love Bugs and Snakes and Other Creepy Crawlies

Much of my motherhood has involved the supervision of, participation in, and the occasional screaming panic of bug and critter hunting {the screaming comes from all large spiders – blech!}. My son LOVES things like bugs, spiders, frogs, and snakes – the weirder the better. Thankfully, I was born with a similar love of these […]

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Getting My Teenager to Talk

As the mother of a teen, I’m always looking for ways to increase communication with my son. When he was younger, my husband and I used to encourage conversation by leaving things out around the house, such as a book, a toy, a picture – whatever might grab his interest. It was a lot like […]

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5 Unexpected things at the library

Five Unexpected Things We Discovered at the Library

My son and I have spent many an hour at the local library over the last several years. We mainly visited Arapahoe Library District branches, and in the process of searching for every book ever written about science and critters, we stumbled across some great resources. In honor of National Library week “Unlimited possibilities @ […]

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