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From The Publisher – January 2022

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I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season filled with lots of family and friends. After having more limited holiday celebrations last year, it certainly was wonderful to attend more parties, and gather with extended family. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to play games.

Every year we make sure we get at least two new games for Christmas, usually some type of board game and a smaller one we can keep in the “game bowl” on the coffee table (cards, Bananagrams, Dog Pile, Bells, etc). Last year we bought Rummikub and Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. I was excited to play Rummikub because I love numbers and felt I could do pretty well. Boy, was I wrong!

My kids beat me every.single.time! It is a great game of strategy, math and memory, all skills I feel I have. Apparently, I need a lot more practice. When we pulled out Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza I thought, “This is where I will get them.” After all, adults pay way better attention than kids, right? WRONG! They skunked me at that game too! It was absolutely hilarious though. I laughed until I cried.

Win or lose, playing games with the family is always a fun time and great for young brains… and my aging brain! Playing games not only creates fun family memories, but also encourages different skills like math, reading, memory, communication and more.

In this month’s issue, we have included Kimberly Blaker’s feature, 15 Games That Teach Kids Spelling & Reading Comprehension. She has some great suggestions for games at home or on the go!
Speaking of education, the month of January typically kicks off the season of school registrations.

Some families are fortunate enough to be zoned for a public school that they feel is a good fit for their child, while some families may be looking into other options. If you find yourself wanting to explore your options, I encourage you to flip over where you will find Heidi Smith Luedtke’s article, A Three-Step Strategy to Choosing a Private School.

Once you have your checklist put together, check out on where you will find several school options in our 2022 Education Guide, including a list of Mobile area private schools, public magnet schools and public high school signature academies. Many schools have also submitted advertorials that highlight their school with more details.

The advertorials are included in alphabetical order. I also encourage you to look through the School News. Many local schools send in news each month that spotlight various achievements, accolades, and activities that their students and faculty experience at their school.

Whether you are researching schools, checking out the latest local activities or looking for family game night suggestions, I hope you enjoy this month’s issue.

Wishing you and your family a year filled with peace, health and joy!

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Lynn has called the Mobile Bay area home since 2006 with her husband Brad and their 3 daughters. Following the sale of her Abrakadoodle franchise, Lynn still wanted to serve families and help them thrive. Becoming the Publisher of Mobile Bay Parents was the perfect opportunity. Now she invests into family's lives each month by providing the with the area's #1 go-to resource for moms and dads.

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