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Teaching Contentment in a Materialistic World

"My backpack isn't as pretty as the other girls' backpacks," my 4 year old daughter finally managed to pour out through tears last fall after preschool.

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My Child Is Not Your Billboard (Haha just kidding.)

Imagine with me, if you will, a fresh-faced mom-to-be. She's just graduated from college with an English and Theatre degree. She's living on a steady diet of mashed potatoes. She's got very strong opinions about the world, about corporate greed, about wooden handmade baby toys… and about children's clothing.

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Learning All About Amphibians at Hands-on-Habitat

Hello from Fontenelle Forest!

We are deep in the midst of a damp, rainy spring and the weather couldn't be more perfect for amphibian searching. A pond, a puddle, a field, a roadside ditch… amphibians are everywhere!

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Categories: lifestyle,


Reading with Stormy

Hey kids! It’s your old pal Stormy here!

I just wanted to tell you about all the reading I’ve been doing lately. The Storm Chasers have been running our Classroom Visits program since January, and we have visited 47 different schools in the area! That’s over 12,500 kids!

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2017 Star Wars Night Giveaway

It is a joyful time. Excitement is growing. Star Wars Night at Werner Park is fast approaching.

The Omaha Storm Chasers, clad in Boba Fett jerseys, will be meeting their opponent in glorious battle on Friday, May 5th at 7:05pm.

With the support from their rebel community partner, ParentSavvy.com, they are intent on making this a night to be remembered.

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Spring Style for Kids

Every year as it gets closer to spring, I can’t help but get excited about spring clothes… for my kids!

From local makers to big retailers, kid’s fashion is just getting better and better! No more boring onesies or pajama outfits (ok… I am so guilty of this as all parents are). I have gathered some cute outfit inspirations for active play dates to casual lunches and a special occasion like a wedding or Easter.

Let's break out of hibernation and get ready for spring!

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The Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth

It’s finally here. Nine months of glowing and growing great with child is coming to an end.

Your bags are lovingly and perfectly over-packed. The nursery is ready for its new tenant, complete with woodland decor and newborn outfits galore. You’ve debated the merits of different breast pumps and the kind of music your little one should listen to in utero. You’ve got your birth plan in hand and you’re ready to meet your much anticipated bundle of joy.

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3 Reasons to Keep an Actual Trash Can in Your Car

I drive a minivan. It's a beautiful thing.

Well, I suppose I consider driving minivans in general to be a beautiful thing. Our minivan's no stunner or anything, but we like it and it works.

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Watch Baby Plants Grow at Hands-on-Habitat

Isn’t new life amazing? I am constantly astounded by the reality that cells can align just perfectly, making a whole new organism where one wasn’t before. A new and complete life can be formed, whether an animal, plant, or fungus, ready to someday reproduce itself (or at least do half of the work). It’s CRAZY, guys.

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Language Skills of the Young

Speaking with my grandkids reminds me that my imagination is severely limited - as are my verbal skills. I know you have had these experiences where your kids or grandkids use the same everyday words we do - but somehow they are able to describe things in a really original way. 

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STEM and STEAM Learning

Have you ever heard of STEM and STEAM? I’m not referring to the branch of a tree or the vapor that water becomes when heated. I’m referring to an educational process that is at the core of all the exhibits and events we create at the Omaha Children’s Museum. 

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Minimalism in Motherhood

Minimalism in Motherhood

Can those two words co-exist? I mean, really - the toys, the dishes, the laundry, the...everything. Legos underfoot. Stray Cheerios in every crevice of furniture. A sink full of last night’s dirty plates. Oh, Mama, I know!

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The 4 Stages of Mom Guilt

We all think we've got sweet kids, right?

Okay, so maybe if you don't actually think your kid is super sweet, maybe you just know they've got a kind heart underneath all that sass/grumpiness/eye rolling.

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Birds in Winter

Wintertime has an interesting dynamic where schedules are concerned. We get so busy during the holiday season, but then settle into January and hunker down for a long winter’s nap…. Or do we?

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