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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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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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