There are many ways to give as a family this Thanksgiving. Both giving and gratitude has been shown to raise happiness levels, and the best way to teach a value is make it a habit and do it as...
** Events are subject to change. Be sure to click on the event link to verify date and time ** Richland Library and Lexington Library hold LOTS of story times over the weekend. Click the links to find a time...
“I want to do something splendid before I go to my castle, — something heroic or wonderful, that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish...
Thanksgiving is almost here. This holiday always brings to mind family time, delicious foods, and decorating our homes with festive cheer. It's also a great reminder to be thankful for what we have and to share our blessings with...

Honoring Veterans

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year, global leaders came together to officially end World War 1. The war to end all wars, leaving more than 40 million dead across the...
Our family is currently in the midst of a big transition. Like big with a capital B. Essentially overnight, we became a family of six when my husband and I became guardians of a teenager. As a result, our home...
With Halloween now in the past and the cooler weather coming in, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Below are some local events leading up to turkey day! Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links...
Wow! I can't believe we've come to the last installment of this bullying series. Over the course of the last two weeks, I have endeavored to differentiate between bullying and conflict/confrontation, explore how a culture of acceptance is created,...
According to Forbes, research shows that gratitude can improve your physical and psychological health, help you sleep better, enhance empathy and reduce aggression, and improves self-esteem. Earlier this year, I listened to the audiobook, Gratitude Daily: 21 Days to More...
Have you heard of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo? Participants from all over the world pledge to write a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days during the month of November. Every year I attempt this feat, but fizzle...

Born to Play

All healthy children play. I have watched children play in Europe, the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in my South Carolina backyard. All the research I have read reinforces the concept of how important play is...
There is a plethora of parenting books in the market. While it is wonderful to have so many resources and perspectives available for our perusal, it is also very confusing as experts differ and disagree on their approaches to...
  As a new, young mom I learned some things once my daughter was born.  Newborns don’t necessarily love to sleep. Elastic waistbands should be required on every set of pants. Seriously, why do we need buttons when elastic is...
If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained, we have got you covered with Columbia events and happenings! November in Columbia in full of fun – from holiday events to fall fests, story times...
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Ways to Give as a Family This Thanksgiving

There are many ways to give as a family this Thanksgiving. Both giving and gratitude has been shown to raise happiness levels, and the...

Weekend Events for Kids