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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘volleyball’
Posted: June 13th, 2013

From left: Wyatt Bootes, 3, Carson Cowser, 4, and Tyler Webb, 4, play with Legos building blocks at Barb’s Care-A-Lot early childhood preschool in Harborcreek Township. JARID A. BARRINGER/

Kids have only been out of school for a few days, but if you worry that your youngsters need constant entertainment, remember — they have to learn to entertain themselves. My kids loved Legos — at every age. We had that exact same red board in the picture at left — it helped keep the Legos grounded. If you haven’t introduced your kids to Legos yet, don’t wait. There’s a package for nearly every age from under 2 to 12 and over. Even Sponge Bob is a Lego! And, yes — there are princesses and castles. The Erie Times-News featured a great article today on how to give your kids some quiet time that doesn’t include the TV.  Read it here. It includes:Books — create your own library. We had books for every age group from picture books to those spooky Goosebumps novels.Arts-and-crafts corner. My Hoosier was grand central station for construction paper, glitter, markers, crayons, glue and more.

Puzzles. Kids and adults love puzzles. We often got them from the library, and we had a United States puzzle that we all enjoyed. As your kids get older, you can put those thousand-piece puzzles together.

Do anything and everything outside. We played hoops, soccer, hockey, rollerbladed and jumped in the kiddie pool. We lived across the street from a park with playground equipment was plentiful and a baseball field and volleyball court were always in use.

Take advantage of the outdoors — in between the raindrops!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.


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Posted: November 19th, 2012

Members of the Fort LeBoeuf team celebrate after defeating Delone Catholic 25-23 in four matches on Nov. 17 to win the PIAA Class AA volleyball championship game at Central York High School in York. MATTHEW O'HAREN/For the Erie Times-News

If you need a feel-good moment today, read the story about our region’s state volleyball champs — the Lady Bison of Fort LeBoeuf.  These young ladies are the  first Erie County state champions in volleyball.

A formal rally takes place today, and the memories will live forever.

Read Mike Copper’s story here.  And see the photos here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: August 27th, 2012

Kickoff Magazine from the Erie Times-News available at Country Fair

School’s in and sports start. It’s time to look at what we can and can’t do for our kids.

First, remember schoolwork is the important thing. While sports might get the major focus because of intense practices and game days, you have to be the guiding force.

Student athletes must keep up, or you will all regret it. I’ve been there and done that. Don’t let your students fall behind — and don’t do the work for them.  Teach organization skills and get a tutor early — don’t wait until it’s too late. Plenty of kids are available as tutors and will work around your athlete’s schedule.

Encourage, but don’t let your kid belittle other kids’ abilities. I reminded mine that everyone improves over the summer. Kids who work hard will excel.

Don’t let sports consume your lives or your conversation with your kids. Stay grounded. Be a volunteer, and help out your team. But don’t let that become a contest for you, your kid or other parents. I’ve seen parents argue over who raised more money in 50-50s right in the middle of a crowded football game.

If you are divorced or separated, vow to remember school and school sports are not a battleground. Be a parent — it’s all about making sure your kids are successful in school. Here’s an article on how to set aside disagreements and focus on making your kids’ school year the best it can be.

Enjoy the season. It will fly by, and you’ll be chatting up memories like me!

Pam Parker is the mother of three and stepmother of three — all involved in football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cross country, track and field, volleyball and more. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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