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Kristen Hammaker

Kristen Hammaker
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Kristen Hammaker is a Dayton native who recently moved back to the best city in the world. As a Daytonian, of course her writing inspiration is Erma Bombeck. She has two young children and works as a school counselor and Orton-Gillingham Practitioner. Since she has a son and a daughter, she understands how each kid is different and you can't over-generalize anything about gender differences in children. Her current Mom Fantasy is dreaming about a day when she won't have to constantly scrape melted fruit snacks off of all surfaces of her car.

Our Favorite Dayton-Area Splash Pads

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We checked out some new splash pads this year that we love! Of course, the Kennedy Park splash pad is still really great and huge, always a crowd-pleaser. I definitely recommend it. This year we checked...

My Tips for Breastfeeding

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Though I have been a bit removed from breastfeeding, I exclusively breastfed two children beyond the age recommended. I was successful throughout and it has remained one of the best experiences of my life. Here...

5 of Our Favorite Free Summer Activities

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Here are our favorite summer activities for moms and the preschool/early elementary crowd, with some low-cost ideas listed at the end as well. Free Summer Activities: Make a park "passport" and put a stamp on...

Celebrating Spring and Women’s History Month

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I wanted to share my favorite relevant book as we encounter another beautiful intersection of early Spring and March, which is Women's History Month. "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes" written by...

My Favorite Tantrum Tamers

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My kids were most recently voted Most Likely to Throw a Tantrum (by me), so I'm definitely not coming from a place of expertise. This is guidance gleaned from years of doing everything wrong...

More Tips for the New 2024 FAFSA

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I did a presentation with my group of senior parents and they expressed some issues with the new Better FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). I wanted to provide some more specific tips...

10 Things NOT to Give to a Mom on Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air this month for our littles and us moms alike! While it can be easy to pick out gifts for the moms and other galentines in your life (think chocolate,...

Tips for the New FAFSA

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The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid has launched in a soft launch that went live on Dec. 31. There will be some additional updates coming out, but parents can empower themselves with...

Mom’s Version of Jingle Bells

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Are you ready for a mom's version of Jingle Bells? This hilarious parody of what it's really like behind all those charming Christmas photos will have you laughing all the way! Dashing through the mall Trying...

5 Things to Do If You Think Your Child Might Have Dyslexia

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As an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner, I will give some of my thoughts on what might work for your family if you are concerned about dyslexia. In my opinion, early intervention is best. Don't be dissuaded against doing...

New Halloween Lyrics to a Favorite Spooky Song

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I'm not sure if you have heard the "Spooky, Scary Skeletons" song by Andrew Gold. It's a Halloween classic for sure. It's one that my kids have listened to, to the point of singing...

October 2023 Dayton Dozen

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Happy Fall, ya'll! This is my favorite season, and it's October 2023 - my favorite month. I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it! Join with me in my pumpkin fun this month,...

Tips for Introducing Foods to Your Baby

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Maybe you are doing baby-led weaning, purees, or just going with the flow when feeding your baby. My son had some food reactions that I then had to investigate, so I have the following...

Baby, You’re a Firework {Celebrating My 4th of July Baby}

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To my Big Kid, I remember 3 years ago, when I was running around with your sister, hugely pregnant, during COVID times, trying to figure out a way to still have fun with a toddler...