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December 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Suggestions for Calmer Holidays

In general, there is a Winter break for most public schools around holiday time. Some children welcome the change, but other kids can really be thrown off with the inconsistency of each day. Kids thrive on structure when all of their expectations are understood. When there are 2 weeks off, it can be utter chaos…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on December 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Canine Companions Sent to Newtown, CT

I know our hearts join the millions of other Americans and people around the world in mourning the senseless violence and loss which occurred this past Friday in Newtown CT. In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School which claimed the lives of 20 children here is a small story of comfort. …

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Just in Time...Check Out Our Holiday Sale!

This is the time of year I often take questions from parents, grandparents and other family members looking for creative ways to give to  their child with special needs. It’s often a challenge to shop regular retail stores as so many toys and games are not applicable to our VIP kids.  Do you have someone special on…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 11, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

If I Only Knew Then, What I Know Now About Holidays

As I am putting up the tree and getting out all of the ornaments and decorations, I get into a nostalgic mood. You see, all of my children are grown and two of the three have children of their own. They are starting their own family traditions, just as we did years ago. As I place each ornament on the tree, it brings…

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Added by PAM BROGDON on December 6, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Pots and Pans and a Wooden Spoon

A parent was complaining that they had spent all this money on the latest toys and their child was having their own jazz festival, sitting on the kitchen floor, banging all the pots and pans with a wooden spoon. Sometimes, simplicity is better. I have picked up a few advertisements for toys, and maybe I am old fashioned, but everything looks like a gimmicky brand, plastic and easily broken. Sometimes you can find a store with a selection of really nice wooden toys. Takes a bit more time, but…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on December 5, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What Toys Are the BEST for Your Child This Holiday Season?

I cannot believe that it is time to think about toys for the Holidays. There are so many toys that are available for children today; it is overwhelming. Of course, if your children are like mine were, they want them ALL! The list changes from day to day! Whew! It wears me out just thinking about it. What are the best toys for the Holidays?

Naturally, we…

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Added by PAM BROGDON on December 5, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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