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Michelle Frick

Michelle lives in North Carolina with her husband and their exuberant son. Having grown up in New England, she's a fan of hockey and the Boston Red Sox. During baseball season you can usually find her and her boys cheering on the Durham Bulls. When she isn't listening to a detailed explanation about Minecraft, she enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and running half marathons.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Magnet Schools

When you have kids, you don’t realize exactly how many decisions you have to make just by the time they’re 5 or 6 years old (let’s not even talk about how many decisions you have to make by the time they’re adults and start making decisions for themselves!). It starts with the brand of diapers to use and breastfeeding versus bottle feeding and doesn’t stop. Before you realize it, you have to decide on where to enroll them in school. For most families, the days where there’s only one elementary school in town are over. Most of us have a slew of choices when it comes to schools – from traditional public schools to magnet schools, charter schools, and private schools. And there’s also the option of home schooling.

One great option in the public school system is a magnet school. You may not have considered a magnet school. You may not know what they are or whether they even exist in your area. They’re not offered in every school district, but if you’re lucky enough to have magnet schools in the mix, they’re definitely not an option to overlook.

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Daily Mom Book Club – The Truthful Story by Helen Stine

Do you love to read? Are you looking for a new novel to curl up with when you get a moment to yourself? We have quite a few avid readers on our team at Daily Mom, and we want to connect with other readers out there. Introducing the Daily Mom Book Club! We will share with you the best in new books that we are reading and hope you will read them as well and come back and let us know what you think. Our first book club book is The Truthful Story by Helen Stine

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6 Tips for Raising Boys in Today’s World

All parents of boys want them to grow up to be good men. In today’s ever-changing world, it’s easy to think that goal is harder and harder to achieve. But it’s not any harder than it has ever been. Today’s world requires different skills than a decade ago. There are things parents can do while raising boys starting when they are chubby little toddlers snuggling with you on the couch up until they’re handsome high schoolers on the cusp of embarking on their own lives.

Here are 6 tips for raising a boy in today’s world that will help guide him in the right direction to becoming a responsible, respectful adult. 

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3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe from Online Predators

In today’s digital age, kids are more technologically savvy than ever. Your kids probably play with apps on your smartphone and know how to watch videos on Youtube or record their favorite shows with the DVR. Parents use online learning games to teach their preschoolers everything from colors to phonics to counting. And it’s not uncommon for eight and nine year-olds to play games like Minecraft or visit websites linked to their favorite TV shows.

Kids should be encouraged to expand their horizons through computers, but it’s also important that they (and you as a parent) understand the dangers of online predators who can hide behind technology, and how to talk to your kids about it in order to keep them safe. 

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Build a Summer Adventure with The Boy Scouts of America

With warmer weather upon us and summer break here, it’s time for moms to pull out their lists of fun outdoor activities, because all moms know that two weeks into summer you’ll start hearing the familiar sounds of, “I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!”

It doesn’t take long to run through the list of tried and true boredom busters like board games, running through the sprinkler, and going to the park. So it’s time to branch out and find a few not so common activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer. The Boy Scouts of America is hoping both parents and kids will take a look at their new series of videos called Handbook Hacks that launched on YouTube earlier this year.

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When Friends Become Family – A Mother’s Day Story

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The first time I met Jennifer we were sitting beside each other in an introductory theater class in college. On top of our overachieving, Type A personalities and a similar sense of humor, we ended up being in the small handful of people in that class who actually read the assigned plays and who shared opinions in class. We quickly became friends. Over our four years of college together, we shared dozens of classes. We shared a love of literature and writing and didn’t understand anyone who didn’t love a good Jane Austen novel. We still don’t!

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The Realities of Children Stretching Gender Roles

Children take their cues from the adults in their lives. They watch their parents and behave accordingly. These cues turn into what our children learn is “normal.”  

Early on, children learn that boys and girls are supposed to act in certain ways. They watch what their moms do and assign those roles to all moms. If their moms cook, then all moms and girls cook. They watch their dads and do the same thing. If dad fixes the car, then all dads and boys fix their cars. And that friends, is how gender roles are born! 

These roles aren’t as clearly defined as they once were. Moms aren’t the only ones doing the cooking and dads aren’t the only ones fixing cars these days. 

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5 Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens

Ask anyone who raises backyard chickens and they’ll tell you how much they love their flock. You’ll probably get more information than you bargained for! Chicken owners are so enthusiastic about chickens, in part because when kept as part of a small backyard flock, they’re pets. 

Chickens are like dogs or cats – each one has a personality with its own favorite pastimes, food preferences, and even its own distinct voice. Some chickens like to cluck around the yard alone rather than as part of the group. Some like to loudly announce to the world when they’ve laid an egg. And some prefer pizza crusts to leftover vegetables.

Whether you’re interested in the farm-to-table movement, you want to teach your kids about where their food comes from, or you just like being self-sufficient, there are plenty of reasons to keep your own chickens. If you’ve ever considered a little backyard flock of your own, here are 5 benefits to raising backyard chickens.

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