Laura Ramis

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Laura Ramis used to teach seventh grade English and drama, but after her first was born she switched her attention to the preschool crowd. At the moment she works from home helping to develop a local Spanish immersion program and working as a freelance educational content writer. Originally from Puerto Rico, she and her husband moved to Lexington 7 years ago. They have five children, ages 11, 10, 8, 2 and 1. You can find her gluing rhinestones on dance costumes or watching her boys play soccer. She’s the one with a baby wrapped on her back.

What’s in a (Middle) Name?

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Here is some groundbreaking, how-did-I-live-before-I-knew-this information: March 6 is Middle Name Pride Day. When I was little I did not like my middle name. Growing up in Philadelphia, Mercedes was not a name, it was...

Forget the Big Picture

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Not really, but just for a few minutes. Do not focus on the utter devastation of the floods, the submerged cars, the crumbling buildings, the roads destroyed, an entire neighborhood underwater. It's hard, with...

Considering Becoming a Foster Parent?

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I don't remember where I first heard about the South Carolina Heart Gallery. I think it was in a magazine. I do remember almost instantly going online to check it out. For me and my...

Tweens and Social Media

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For my oldest daughter's 9th birthday party, she had a sleepover where her friends brought their dolls. They made doll-sized fleece sleeping bags and had a doll fashion show. When it was nearing bedtime,...

Summer Rewards for Moms

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One of the first things we do when school ends and summer starts is sign up for the summer reading program at our local library. The kids get charts that they can fill out...

8 Ways to Combat Endless Summer Snacking

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My kids have some busy schedules during the year, but a lot of much-needed downtime during the summer. They each do only one week of camp (whatever is required by the team they will...

The Case for Competitive Sports

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Tis the season for competitive team sports and activities to start winding down. But we frazzled parents are barely able to take three breaths before we have to start thinking about next season's schedule....

How to Win the Mommy Wars

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Yep, that's right. I'm going to tell you how to win the Mommy Wars. I'm going to help you find out if babywearing, or breastfeeding, or strollers, or white noise machines, or co-sleeping, or disposable...

My “Mom Brain” Is My Superpower

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This summer I was talking to my mom about the kids' busy sports schedules for the coming season. She said, "Whatever it is, you'll figure it out. You're so organized." I braced myself because I...

Beyond Clutter and Cavities :: Ideas for Easter Baskets

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While grocery shopping a few weeks ago I perused the Easter aisles, with the vague notion that maybe I should start preparing. Now, I admit that I don't get insanely excited about making Easter baskets. To...