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This may be the year to rethink holiday gift-giving

This may be the year to rethink holiday gift-giving

Around this time each year, a post starts popping up on Facebook in which a parent pleads for a “no toys, just experiences” holiday season. The post (attributed to different people throughout the years) highlights how their children ask for a toy for Christmas, play with it for a few days after they get it, and then it collects dust in favor of the latest app or game until it’s quietly donated the next Christmas. 

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Do managed expectations work on kids? It does for me!

The key to limited meltdowns is obnoxious over-explanation. I swear that this is the entire reason my kid is so well behaved. I am not a psychologist or a geneticist, but for myself, managed expectations are the reason for my emotional chill. I am convinced that also applies to little people.   Nearly all of my family ...

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Making Decisions Together

“Excuse me may I speak to you about son, please?”    These are 10 words that every parent dreads. There is a moment where you wonder what your child has done to get into trouble, or worry that they may have been hurt in some unthinkable way. Either way, the answer is always “Yes, of course!”   Over ...

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Childcare crucial to economic strength but it’s in short supply

There is a childcare shortage in Pennsylvania and across the nation. The COVID pandemic caused childcare centers to shutter, many permanently. The extra unemployment benefits kept some caregivers from returning to work. Wages for childcare workers are low, pushing many to change careers. All of this is causing an economic squeeze on businesses here and across the country as workers who can’t find childcare stay home with their children.

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Wed 27

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

September 13 - October 30
Wed 27

Pick Your Own Apples

September 17 - October 30
Wed 27

Beginner Youth Piano Class

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - December 10 @ 6:00 pm
Wed 27

Return of the “Chocolate Town Special”

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed 27

Dr. Seuss Science Series

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am