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With Homer, your child can explore different regions throughout the Earth in the Discover the World section. They are not only exposed to cultures throughout the world, but we hope they are intrigued to learn more and perhaps even to visit these places one day. For inspiration and perhaps just to vicariously live through them a bit, this Summer we will follow the adventures of one family who takes a massive roadtrip through Europe with their 2 and 5 year olds. 

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Not sure if your family is like mine, but we often seem to go in many different directions at once, and just getting the family around the table for dinner at the same time is deemed an achievement. Right now, however, we are at home and spending more time together than we are used to. To help, I’ve reached out to youth development experts Ann Saylor and Susan Ragsdale to share a good activity with our HOMER moms and dads to keep your family strong and intentional. Susan and Ann are nationally recognized trainers and best-selling authors with a collective 45 years of experience in the field of youth development and leadership. Their mantra “play, live, lead with purpose” is evident in all they do.

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Have you planted your garden yet? Since I’ve been thinking about how to make sure my own vegetables grow (my peppers did well, but the kale not so much) and create unique activities to bond with my daughter, I reached out to Susannah Fotopulos, a mother of two, who started Plant the Seed, a Nashville nonprofit focused on helping young children learn about food, healthy living, and gardening. She and Garden Expert Josh Corlew impress me with their initiatives to get kids learning and growing through gardening. They not only teach kids about techniques, but they also challenge them on a social and emotional level, too. They happily passed along the following tips.

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This week’s Homer #CelebrateRealMoms post is about an all-too-familiar theme for parents of little guys: bedtime. Since bedtime still sends many of us over the edge, we asked Lindsey Patrick, a fellow mom, Children’s Services Manager for the Nashville Public Library, and teacher at Children’s Literature for the University of Tennessee, to share some of her bedtime routines. She has a seven-year-old budding reader who likes LEGOs, science experiments, cooking and all things Harry Potter (just like her mom).

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