Author Archive | Amy Stine

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I Was a Helicopter Mom (and Didn’t Even Know It)

I never in a million years thought that I would be a helicopter mom. In my pre-kid life I was an Academic Advisor at The University of Texas. I advised new college students about which classes to take and often consulted with them about which academic path might suit them best. However, their parents often demanded […]

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30 Easy April Fools’ (& Easter) Pranks

I can’t believe that April Fools’ Day is already around the corner. It’s the best day of the year for pranks, but this year it also happens to fall on Easter Sunday. That makes the list of possible pranks almost endless. If you have a fun (and evil) side, I dare you to try some […]

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The Pre PreTeen Years: A Different Kind of Love

My daughter is almost nine years old. N-I-N-E.  She is strong, independent, funny, smart, and caring. She doesn’t need help picking out clothes, brushing her hair, reading books, or really doing much of anything. I’m not sure when it happened, but she even puts on her own band-aids. The love that I knew how to give […]

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We Ditched Screen Time (and it’s Awesome!)

As a young kid, I grew up playing Atari video games (Pitfall and Frogger, anyone?) with my brother nonstop. I also spent endless hours in front of the TV watching game shows and reruns of the Brady Bunch and Eight is Enough. My TV/video game usage wasn’t timed or monitored by my parents in any […]

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Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably done most of your Christmas shopping already, but maybe you’ve left the stocking stuffers until the very end. And if you’re also like me, the last thing you want in your house are tiny cheap little trinkets in the stockings that take up space and give your kids […]

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