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How to Juggle Extracurricular Activities When You Have a Large Family

School mornings are busy, but an experienced parent knows the real rush is after school when evenings are packed with extracurricular activities. One child has Scouts, another has piano lessons, and two have soccer practice on opposite sides of town. As a mom of six, I have survived busy weeks full of extracurricular activities and a calendar that can only be described as ‘complicated.’ 

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Music Lessons - Are They Worth It?

Does your child love to sing, plunk on the piano, or pound on the drums? Do you think you might have a future musician in your home? The average cost of private music lessons ranges widely, depending on location and the expertise of teacher. Private lessons may cost over $2,000 (or more) per year. This may make you wonder - are music lessons really worth it?To answer this question, here are some short- and long-term benefits of music lessons.

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Yogi Kids: Nurture Focus, Self-Esteem, Fitness with Yoga

Libbey York’s expectations were low when she enrolled her sons Graham, eight, and Lawson, four, in a children’s yoga class last summer thinking they could meet friends and just try something new. But her children’s responses to the yoga classes truly surprised her. “They couldn’t stop talking about all of their new moves and practicing their poses all around the house!” she says. 

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When Your Guppy Gives Up - When Swim Lessons Don't Go Well

Sometimes swim lessons don’t go as planned. I’ve witnessed this exact situation from time to time in my many years as a swimming instructor. Anything can go wrong: from crying and screaming to refusing 
to participate to ignoring the swim instructor. Maybe your child was excited about swimming lessons before you left the house, but fell apart at some point before
 or during the class. Or maybe your child didn’t want to go at all. For a parent, this situation can be frustrating because you’re spending valuable time and money on lessons with the hope that your child will learn to be safe and confident in the water, and then your child doesn’t even want to participate.

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