MOM CENTRAL: How to Gain Extra Mom Time

By Kris Smith, Staff Writer
November 3, 2013

You take care of the home, work is in full swing and school starts again. You are the queen of multi-tasking, you drive like you are qualifying for NASCAR and you cannot comprehend the words “down time.” How can you get some extra “Mom Time” out of your day? Here are a few different ideas... Read more »

CHILDREN’S BOOKS REVIEW: Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match

By Dr. Bena Hartman, Staff Writer
November 3, 2013

When I was a teacher I spent countless hours searching for books that represented our nation’s cultural diversity.  Because my students were nearly all children of color, I wanted them to read books that spoke to them about their lives.  I looked everywhere for quality literature: book stores,... Read more »

Mom Central Book Reviews – September 2013

B. Hartman, Mom Central / Books Columnist
September 1, 2013

What entices you to read a book? The author’s popularity? Her ability to tell a good story? A recommendation from a friend? Your interest in the topic? I passed Palacio’s debut novel “Wonder” several times in my local bookstore before purchasing it. The peculiar cover caught my eye. The story’s... Read more »

“The Mighty Miss Malone” Book Review

The Mighty Miss Malone

B. Hartman
August 2, 2013

As I sat in the audience during Christopher Paul Curtis’ presentation at a conference several years ago, a person asked him why he never had a female protagonist in any of his novels. His response: “I haven’t heard that voice yet.” Fast forward a couple years and I’m happy to say he’s found... Read more »

Summer Resources for Mom (MOM CENTRAL) By Kris Smith, Staff Writer

By Kris Smith
May 1, 2013

The end of the traditional school year will be here before you know it.  Three months of fun and sun await our little ones while life is business as usual for many of us parents.  Some of you will need to find a full-time child care facility while others may just need to find something special to... Read more »

Spring into Spring Cleaning

Kris Smith, Staff Writer
March 1, 2013

Spring into Spring Cleaning By Kris Smith Spring is right around the corner.  It is finally that time of year where we can open the windows in the house and shake off some of the cold days of winter.  For many, it is also the dreaded or anticipated start to spring cleaning.  Spring cleaning in our... Read more »

Someday I Will Be a Soccer Mom

Kris Smith, Staff Writer
February 2, 2013

Someday I Will Be a Soccer Mom By: Kris Smith I am the proud mother of two amazing boys under the age of 8.  They are healthy, kind, funny and criminally intelligent.  However, they seem to lack the sense of urgency required to prevent Mom from turning into a mentally unbalanced drill sergeant.  Mornings,... Read more »

In 15 Minutes

Kris Smith, Staff Writer
January 3, 2013

 In 15 Minutes Kris Smith  If it takes a village to raise a child, try to fathom the devastation when 20 first-graders were violently shot and killed in a span of 15 minutes.  It was likely a Friday like any other, with the morning announcements being played throughout the classrooms.  But this day... Read more »

In Fifteen Minutes…Thoughts on Sandy Hook

January 2, 2013

In Fifteen Minutes   By WomanScope Staff Writer, Kris Smith If it takes a village to raise a child, try to fathom the devastation when 20 first-graders were violently shot and killed in a span of 15 minutes.  It was likely a Friday like any other, with the morning announcements being played... Read more »

Bullying in the 21st Century

Leslie Orndoff
February 6, 2012

Ashlynn Conner was a 10 year old girl much like any other.  She enjoyed cheerleading and hoped to become a veterinarian.  Unfortunately, like other kids her age, she was relentlessly bullied.  The harassment became so unbearable that she took her own life.  As unthinkable as this tragedy is, she... Read more »

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