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The inimitable Dr. Seuss may have passed away in 1991, but he remains one of the most important and influential figures in children’s literature. In fact, his March 2nd birthday is still celebrated across the country, with both teachers and parents taking advantage of the opportunity to introduce a new generation of readers to his beloved classics.

Although measles was declared eliminated in the United States in the year 2000, the once common childhood illness has made a comeback in recent years. If you – like many of today’s parents – know little about this highly contagious and potentially deadly disease, now is the time to get the facts.

To a child, art is more than a means to creativity. It’s therapy, self-expression and education. What they learn extends beyond the art room into the classroom, shaping how they approach every subject.

Yet, due to schools’ diminishing budgets and a national focus on rigorous test prep, art classes in many schools have been reduced, if not cut altogether, causing children to miss out on building critical thinking skills.

Before my husband and I got married, he swore that he would never agree to ever getting a family pet. Despite having grown up in a house full of animals, I was fine with this decision because a) I assumed I could change his mind if I wanted to and b) I had grieved the loss of so many beloved pets in my lifetime that I had zero interest in becoming attached to another one.

So of course nobody was more surprised than me when my daughter started asking for a pet hamster and my husband casually suggested that “maybe we should get a dog instead.”

Blogger Heather Lagemann is funny. Like snort-bourbon-out-your-nose, light-urine-leakage funny.

From the gloriously inappropriate (the adventures from the posterior end of a bikini wax) to the slightly stalkerish (someone may have seen Hanson in concert 40 times), her gift for exposing the funny side of life on her blog, Invasive Duct Tales, leaves readers often exclaiming “Oh no, she didn’t!” Well, those readers still stuck in 2001.

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