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Classroom rewards that aren’t food

One of my readers gave me a cool resource, in response to my story about going to my son’s 6th grade teacher asking her to reconsider her policy of giving candy for good behavior and academic performance. It’s called, How to Reward and Motivate Kids Without Using Food. Here it is. I bet few teachers […]

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Back to the candy factory…..I mean, school

My children have gone back to school. If I said I was sorry about that, I’d be lying. I love my kids, but summer is hard for working moms. And August is crazy around here because I’m about to leave on my 4th trip of the month, all 4 of my kids have had birthdays […]

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Under the Big African Sky, part 2

In the village of Muukuni, everyone lives in huts made of mud and straw. The “palaces” of the female and male chiefs are just BIGGER straw-mud huts. Virtually everyone drops out of school at age 15 because their families cannot afford to send them to secondary school through age 18. I am fascinated by this […]

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What to do when your kids go into the “real world”

In 2008, after being married for 20 years, I found myself a newly single parent.   I was on my own trying to achieve a high-raw diet for my four athletes in elementary and middle school. At their dad’s home, my children get a salad with dinner, but also sugar cereal, Top Ramen, junk-food snacks, […]

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My thoughts after Educ. Week: stand up in a sit-down world, part 4 of 5

I listened to this presentation for an hour by a very nice and apparently very poorly educated woman who very frankly has no business telling anyone what their diet should be.   I love formal education and am often impressed by doctorate degrees. But sometimes a PhD is worthless when the person who earned it […]

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School Snacks

with school starting soon I am feeling lost on what I can buy for treats to take and share with my children’s school  classes.  Our state requires that all treats brought to school are store bought.   I just can’t seem to find anything I want my kids to eat that is store bought and […]

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Easy school lunch ideas

Here’s the second topic I’d like to ask your help for. Because I get lots of questions about it, I’m going to put a recipe collection together of healthy lunch ideas (especially school lunches). If you email me (robyn@greensmoothiegirl.com) or post on this blog with your favorite ideas (recipes encouraged!), I’ll put you on a […]

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setting a bad example

Yesterday I went running on the jr. high school track by my home, which I often do.   I saw the most astonishing thing—and unfortunately, it’s the second time I’ve seen it.   The kids came out to play flag football, followed slowly by their P.E. teacher.   Think about your own P.E. teacher when […]

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School lunch nutrition

Today was Go to Junior High With Your Child day.   It’s hard to describe the level of enthusiasm Kincade expressed when I told him I was going to spend my birthday with him at his school, but I’ll try: eyes rolling, mouth hanging open, slumping.   “No! Seriously? Mom! You wouldn’t!” I have developed […]

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