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Three Steps to a Simpler, Richer (and Saner) Summer

A mother’s “minimum plan” makes for maximum benefits

By: Felicia Difato

Every year when our children were growing up, I used to feel ambushed by summer. As school came to an end and our regular schedule disappeared, it was a struggle to change gears and begin dealing with that familiar question: “I’m bored, Mom, what can I do?”

For years, I felt disoriented when school let out. I also felt it was my job as a responsible mother to give my kids the “perfect”...

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