Shopkins LIVE Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway!

It's giveaway time!!! Is Shopkins popular in your household? My girls absolutely love them and now we get the opportunity to see Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!

We want you to join us at the Byham Theater on Sunday, September 24th at 1 P.M. Enter for a chance to WIN a family 4-pack of tickets at the bottom of this page, and while you're at it, download a free Shopkins coloring page. 

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5 Reasons Why I Became a Positive Discipline Parent Educator

I am 35 years old, so for me to believe that what worked for my generation of Pac Man, walkmans and Jem and the Holograms will work for my daughters' generation of Netflix, tablets and iTunes is simply absurd!

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No more bedtime drama!

Bedtime is supposed to be a peaceful time to unwind and prepare for a good night's rest. However, parents of young children are all too familiar with bedtime drama. From whining for more water to shadow freak-outs, bedtime can be anything but peaceful. 

With my husband's crazy work schedule, I often find myself having to hold it down at bedtime. Perhaps one of the MOST stressful times in our daily routine has been bedtime. Enough was enough, so I started searching for practical solutions. As always, whenever I discover something that works for my household, I love to share it with you...

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The grass that never grew

Sometimes things have to die in order for you to live your best life... Old, negative, self-defeating thoughts about yourself must die in order for you to be the best woman, the best mother you can be. And guess what... YOUR BEST IS ENOUGH! Your best today may look a lot different than your best yesterday, BUT as long as you know and feel that you are committed, dedicated and determined to give it your all, there is a peace that comes over you and sustains you through those times that you think you are anything but stellar. It's not about being THE best; it's about being YOUR best. 

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The PERFECT gift: A PEACEFUL & HAPPY home!

Peace Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, by Dr. Laura Markham, is the next Mom Talk Book Club selection. I think you're going to absolutely love it! I am so excited about this book that I thought I'd share the 3 BIG IDEAS in parenting with you now before we official begin the book club discussions.

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Dog Loves Books ---> Theater Tickets GIVEAWAY!

Dog Loves Books is a favorite in my house, and I recently read the book to my 2nd grade class. Mary Schmich once said "Reading is a discount ticket to anywhere." Dog Loves Books embodies this sentiment in such a special way. 

I would love for you to join my family at the musical! That is why I am giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to the performance of your choice (See performance dates/times below.)! Enter to win below. Good luck!

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Your Child's Guide to a Healthy Self-Esteem: Book & Poster GIVEAWAY!

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines self-esteem as "a confidence and satisfaction in oneself." KidsHealth.org says it best. A healthy self-esteem is like a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Kids who know their strengths and weaknesses and feel good about themselves have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures.

We parents must guide our children into feeling capable while also feeling loved. Helping our children learn how to embrace who they are is a key element towards a child obtaining and maintaining a healthy self-esteem.

So what is our role as parents? What can we do?

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What are you doing this summer? #PghSummer16 to the rescue!

Maria Montessori famously said, “What the hand does, the mind remembers.” As an educator myself, I also agree that hands-on learning experiences are treasures that open the door to academic and social growth. With the much-welcomed warm weather comes a break from those everyday routines that makes us feel like robots.

Read on to learn about an invaluable summer resource for Pittsburgh families...

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Room on the Broom: Win 2 FREE tickets!

I absolutely love giving my girls the theater experience! We are so excited to see Tall Stories’ Room on the Broom, part of the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series (a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)! We want YOU and your family to join us! Enter to WIN 2 FREE tickets here...

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Sesame Street Live "Let's Dance!" FAMILY 4 PACK Giveaway!

I am so excited to announce that I am giving away a FAMILY 4 PACK of tickets for one lucky family to see Sesame Street LIVE: Let’s Dance! Deadline is 1/6/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Enter by clicking on this post! 

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Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School: Win tickets HERE!

I am beyond excited to be taking my oldest daughter to see Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, and we want you to join us!

YOU can see this spectacular theater performance for FREE by entering my contest to win two FREE tickets to the performance date and location of your choice. Enter HERE to win! 

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My Montessori Journey Part 2

The second parent orientation broke down the Montessori curriculum, and this is where my passion for education was revived! I was so mesmerized by not only the unique learning materials, but equally intriguing was the methods by which the teachers guided the students to mastery of a given subject area. With each new "work" that the director explained and modeled for parents, my heart skipped a beat, the hairs on my arms stood at attention and that smile (a smile that I often broke into whenever teaching my "babies") graced my face for the first time in years!

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My Montessori Journey Part 1

While I am an educator and have been a stay at home/work from home mom for the past 2 years, I knew it was time for my oldest daughter to be in a classroom environment among her peers where she could continue to flourish academically and socially. Deep down in my heart, I knew I had given her a great start. Now was the time for her to spread her wings and grow in a safe, high-quality learning environment. 

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