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J Michaels
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I am a teacher, mother, and writer who lives and works in the Metro Detroit area. My writing has been featured in MetroParent Magazine, Moms Magazine, Bloggy Moms, as well as my blog, Growingminds project.blogspot.com.
I am a teacher, mother, and writer who lives and works in the Metro Detroit area. My writing has been featured in MetroParent Magazine, Moms Magazine, Bloggy Moms, as well as my blog, Growingminds project.blogspot.com.

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Raising a Child Abroad
Shasvinth was a small boy for 2nd grade.  He entered the classroom behind the smiling faces of his eager parents.  It was his first day of school in America.  I greeted the family at my classroom door, having already been alerted that my new student would b...
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Traveling with Kids - How Learning About Others Enriches Young Minds
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness" ~Mark Twain Children are naturally curious. They begin by exploring their bodies from their toes to their fingers. Then, they notice their parents and family, home, and immediate surroundings. ...
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When Playdates Turn Into Pub Crawls - How to Stay Connected to Your Grown Children
The holidays are over, the decorations are put away, and my two grown children have now returned to their own homes. When they were small, holiday activities included playing with new toys, sledding down snowy hills, cutting paper snowflakes, and Christmas ...
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5 Gifts Your Child's Teacher Really Wants This Year!
        It's that time of year; the time of the holiday craft shows that are an annual event in my hometown. Every high school, middle school, and community center has their own version of the holiday craft fair.  I attended one today, and visited the booth...
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5 Ways Homework Can Help Your Child
There is much debate among parents and educators about the value of homework.  A Texas teacher recently wrote a letter to parents of her 2nd grade students that she will no longer be assigning homework.  The only work going home will be work that students h...
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4 Parenting Styles - Which One Are You?
Experts have identified 4 main parenting styles among parents of young children.  Many parents don't fit neatly into either one or the other, but, depending on the situation and personalities of the parents and children involved, lines between the different...
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