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Kas Winters
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Is there a book in your head

Have you ever thought you should write a book? Would your child or children like to see their words in print? It’s an incredible experience to hold your ideas in book form, and it raises self-esteem at least a couple of notches. The really good news is that it is possible. You usually see my writing in this column, discussing ideas for children’s and family activities, but I have also written a total of 16 books, many on that family topic. My most recent effort, Get that Book out of your Head and into Print, includes innovative methods that can help you or your children accomplish a publishing dream. Click here for the full article.
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Kas Winters

It’s a new year and a great time to put systems in place to make your life and that of your children easier. Sometimes, all it takes is a couple of file folders in a set location such as a box, basket, tote, tub, or holder on top of the microwave, near the front door, or in the corner of a kitchen counter. Label a few folders as needed. Choose a place where papers can be moved directly from backpacks to the proper location. This is especially helpful for school papers that need to be returned to teachers, details about assignments and projects, events and other school or extra-curricular activity dates and contact information. Work to establish a habit of putting papers there as soon as students get home from school and also try to remember to check the “Return to Teacher” folder before kids leave for class each morning. Make sure everyone knows that the folders should not develop legs and move to other locations in the house. Click here for the full article.
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Change children’s outlook from

This is the season when children are bombarded with gift possibilities through TV, the Web, catalogs, newspaper ads and conversations with friends centered around holiday gift requests. Whether or not money is an issue in your family, experiencing the joy of giving to others is a treasure of its own. Help children get excited about it. Click here for the full article.
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Create a Family Attitude of Gratitude

Attach the tree to a wall, door or bulletin board so everyone can reach it. Each family member takes a handful of leaves and writes something for which they are thankful on each leaf. Click here for the full article.
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Turn Play into Teaching

After being around kids in all sorts of environments for years, I’ve decided that children learn the most when they think they are playing. Some walk into a classroom and immediately switch their brain to the “off” position. When having fun, they aren’t aware school is in session, and hands-on education takes place. I’ve watched them gain skills in reading, math, science, art, music and social studies without noticing anything but the good times. Click here for the full article.
Living with Children
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I feel a Column Coming On

It was another superb nine o’clock in the morning in Charleston, SC, where we had come for a brief respite before the start of my travel season. We were seated in one of the finest of the many fine breakfast bistros in town, in one of the finest of the many fine hotels in town, and I was about to jump out of my skin. Click here for the full article.