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Things our kids teach us…

Every day, we learn as much from our children and they learn from us. Today, we’re starting a series of shared parent stories about moments in which the child becomes the teacher and the parent gains wisdom. Our first story comes from Homer’s Co-founder and mother of three young girls, Stephanie Dua. Recently, Team Homer has been pushing the boundaries on who we will be in the future and developing a stellar team to make it happen. Growing, however, always comes with a few growing pains. After completing a few team-building sessions, Stephanie sat down with her oldest child to talk about her week. Here’s what happened: 

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Let’s face it, parenting isn’t easy. In our pressure-packed world, moms and dads often feel their parenting is being judged if their kids are not moving in lock-step with their peers. It’s easy to compare our kids to their peers and feel lost as to why our child’s development is different. The truth is that every child is unique and is motivated by different passions and interests. Recently, Carla Eades reached out to me and shared a story about her son’s reading journey (which we are proud to say, that journey included Homer, the learn to read program for kids). For this week’s #CelebrateRealMoms post, we’re applauding Carla for her bravery in talking about her struggles as a mom to support her son in a world that often values achievement over growth. Thank you Carla.

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This past week we celebrated International Women’s Day. Maybe it’s because we each have young daughters at home who are becoming more aware of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century (with all its peril and promise), but we’ve noticed over the past few days that people are paying more attention than ever to Women’s History Month. Local museums have mounted new exhibits honoring the contributions of women to our artistic heritage. Bookstores are filling their front shelves with biographies of extraordinary women. The children’s section of the library has gone all out with a special display of picture books that celebrate girl power! 

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