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Kathryn Dowell

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Speaking Up and Out

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Distance learning gives a peek into teacher instruction time. Yes, it may be different but is some reflection of how teachers sound or act in the classroom. In the first week of at-home distance learning,...

Together We Make

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Having three kids participating in Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby races, this Scouting Magazine blog post gave me pause - ‘A parent helped build that Pinewood Derby car? Yes, that’s the point.’ This is just...

Ask Someone This: Do You Have What You Need?

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Ever listen to someone and their words ring inside your head, years later? A friend long since moved away, spoke to me in this way. They explained how bicycle riding repairs would present their...

February Dayton Dozen

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Even though it's the shortest month of the year, February can often feel like it takes forever! Don’t worry, if you find yourself needing to get out of the house – we’ve got you...

Normalizing Pronouns

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Normalizing what? Aren’t pronouns normal? As a child in the 90s, I learned how to grammatically use pronouns in place of nouns. As an adult in the 2010s, I learned the importance of asserting...

If “C” Is For Cookie, That’s Good Enough For Me

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What do I expect from my child attending school? I want them to be challenged and engaged. I wish for them to be an active learner and love learning. And I hope my child...

Never Leave Home Without

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There are a few things I keep on hand to keep my family ready for any adventure. Let these ‘on-the-go mom hacks’ help you in your daily mom life.  Place for Stickers Stickers will find your...

October Dayton Dozen

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If you are looking for some classic Fall Fun in October - the following guides may be for you! Pumpkin Patches U-Pick Apples However, if you are looking to shake it up a bit, we would love...

Honey, We Enjoyed the Kids {How-To for Family Movie-Going Success}

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Sharing the silver screen with children can be fun and frustrating. I enjoy seeing movies in theatres and I enjoy sharing those movies with my kids. Try some of these tips as part of...

Gender Bender

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In a time of connection and awareness to the vast diversity of the world, we are given a tremendous opportunity to support and include people of any gender - including our own children. Let me...

July Dayton Dozen: Guide to Family-Friendly Events

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With summer in full swing, get out around Dayton with our 12 event picks to inspire great summer fun!  1.  Dog’s Night Out @ Ritter's Frozen Custard  ***DMB Tip*** Start with a walk and end up at...

Choo-Choo-Choosing to Participate in a Meal Train

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Meal train : food given during times of need, such as illness, hardship, or birth. As someone who has received as well as given meal trains, let me tell you, a meal you don’t have...

Summer Movie Nights

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Warm summer nights outside with the family are pretty close to perfection. Take advantage of some of the great local options to head out under the starry sky for a one-of-a-kind family movie night! Or beat...

BYO Mom Edition

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As a mom and resident pack mule, I schlep around diapers, extra clothes, snacks, and what-have-you for the bemusement of tiny humans. When thinking of what all we might need, I also think about...