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Sara Carnes

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Morning Co-Host of Cleveland's 95.5 "The Fish", Co-Host of Inside The Cleveland Browns on Channel 5 WEWS and proud Cleveland mama. #CLEMama

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#CLEMAMA: Connect with your Kids Thanks to these Conversation Starters

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting

Sometimes I just find myself a little disconnected. I try to stay hip and in the know with all the kids’ stuff, but it’s tough to keep up. So how do you meet kids where they are in order to communicate?

I found myself feeling a little lost when I finally sat down at dinner with my girls and started asking about their day. It was always the same questions: “How was your day?” “What did you do?”

I kept thinking I needed to come up with more creative questions because this just wasn’t cutting it. I would always get the same answers. “It was good.” “Didn’t do much.”

I really wanted to make the most out of the conversations I was having with my kids. But where do I start? How can I get creative? How do I pull it out of them? I wanted to know about the ups and downs of their day, so I started to really think about it. One of things that I started to do was ask very specific questions. Things like, “What did you eat for breakfast?” “Who did you sit by at lunch today?” And it worked! It’s really amazing how much better the conversations got when I asked them more targeted questions about their day.

Day Notes
We also have fun now playing a game at dinner called “High, Low, High.” It’s been around a long time, but it doesn’t get old. We all go around the table giving a high of our day, a low, and then end with another high. My youngest loves it so much, she now asks to play it before we even say anything.

I love that it teaches the girls to be thankful, too. We all have lows and we always will, but we all have highs, too, so we should be thankful for those.

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#CLEMAMA: Motivate your Kids with a Revamped Rewards System

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured February 2017 Magazine

We’ve probably all experimented with a “rewards chart” with our kids to create incentives. Maybe you tried it once, it lasted a week, and you never tried it again. Honestly, that’s how I felt about the whole “reward” system. It just seemed like a lot of work, and it was too hard to keep up with.

Well, recently, I found myself in a full out struggle to get my 6-year-old to practice the piano. I mean it was torture. If it weren’t for my husband, I probably would’ve thrown in the towel.

My hubby kept encouraging me to help her stick with it and try to find some creative way to make her want to practice. Because let’s be honest, at age 6, how many kids really want to practice anything?

It kept popping in my head how much my daughter loved her reward “status” chart at school. She’s in kindergarten and every day that I pick her up, she loves showing me that she’s on one of the top tiers. When she wasn’t on the top tier a couple of days, it really got her motivated to never be in that location again.

I knew this is something she loved, I just needed to sit down and take a little time and do some research. As I was doing that, my mother-in-law gave me a great idea for a reward system for practicing. She’d been using a similar approach with all the grandkids and it was working great.

Thinking I had nothing to lose, I decided to give it a go. It’s like night and day when it comes to practicing piano. My daughter is loving it; she asks — yes, asks! — to practice now and is working hard for her reward.

Point System
Here’s what I did — and what you can do for any type of practice (instruments, sports, chores, homework).

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#CLEMAMA: 5 Days of Positive Actions to Encourage Fellow Moms

2017 Editions January 2017 Magazine

As the new year starts and we set new goals, one of my bucket list items for 2017 is to encourage others even more. Especially moms. Nothing against dads (we love you, too!), but I just want to spend a little extra attention on the mamas.

I’ve been a working mom, a stay-at-home mom, a single mom, a mom trying to stretch every dollar I have to make ends meet, a multi-job mom…and through all those different phases of my life I look back and I am so thankful for those who encouraged me. Like a lot of us, I’ve experienced some really rough times in my life. It hasn’t always been easy.

I have been very blessed to have some amazing women in my life who have held my hand along the way. It’s the little things that really kept me going. I want every woman, every mama out there to feel like she has a friend when she needs it. I will fully admit to getting so busy most days that I go into tunnel vision and lose focus on the little ways we can show someone that we care.

Inspire, encourage and connect. These all are great ways to describe why we do what we do at 95.5 The FISH and some of the many reasons I love doing what I do every morning. So, this month at The FISH we’re bringing back the 30 Days of Positive Challenge. It’s a new challenge every day. But I want to send a special challenge out to moms, for moms. Let’s all work hard this year to cheer each other on and sprinkle in a little extra kindness in our actions each day.

Be the Coffee/Tea Fairy
At work, at playgroup, wherever you’re meeting a friend, surprise her with a cup of coffee.

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#CLEMAMA: Decluttering Around the Holidays

2016 Editions December 2016 Magazine Parenting
Find out how Northeast Ohio Parent columnist Sara Carnes, co-host of the Family Friendly Morning Show on 95.5 The Fish, found herself in a rush to declutter her home this holiday season — and how she and her family turned it into an act of helping others. ...
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#CLEMAMA: Fall Fashion Tips for Busy Moms

2016 Editions Magazine November 2016

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: Fall is the most fashionable time of the year — especially for all of us here in Northeast Ohio. On Sept. 1, summer was over in the fashion world and then, BAM…ankle boots, scarves, and army jackets were everywhere.

Now, I’m no fashion expert — I just love fashion and spend a good amount of time on Pinterest checking out what’s hot this season. Oh, and I have a teenage daughter, so let’s just say I’ve been schooled once or twice and she keeps me on my toes.fullsizerender_1

Since I’m a working mama, I get that it’s hard to keep up with everything. What’s hot, what’s not, and let’s not forget what’s comfortable. You get to a certain age in life when you say, “OK, flats are amazing. I think I’ll just live in my yoga pants. Could I pull off wearing my slippers to work?”

Ha! Right? Ok, I gotta draw the line there,  but comfort is in. Finally.

One of the newest trends that I love is wearing sneakers with dresses or pencil skirts. I’m serious. It’s so cute. Whoever started this trend, thank you.

Now, because I like to keep things simple — and I know you likely do as well —  I’m sharing with you a few little simple trends for this fall.

Statement Shirts and the Color Red
This one is a double bonus. Red is hot this season and better than ever. Plus, this shirt says it all. Now, what’s really fun is to pair t-shirts like this or plain ones with statement necklaces. They really dress-up t-shirts and give them that extra pop. Mix and match your costume jewelry with tees you have at home.fullsizerender_2

Suede and Plaid
Suede is everywhere: skirts, leggings, tanks, etc. It’s so cute and so fall.

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#CLEMAMA — Rewind Family Movie Night with Classic Picks

2016 Editions Magazine October 2016
Sara Carnes, co-host of The Family Friendly Morning Show on Cleveland's 95.5 The Fish, encourages others to "rewind" family movie night by introducing kids to some classic films from decades gone by. ...
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#CLEMAMA — Teen’s Perspective on Working a Part-Time Job

August 2016 Uncategorized
It's a teen takeover as Makayla writes the CLE Mama column for mom Sara Carnes — morning show co-host at 95.5 The Fish and Northeast Ohio Parent columnist. She provides valuable information to parents — from her perspective — about the benefits of teens having part-time jobs, along with great tips on how to support their decision and search. ...
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#CLEMama — Mama Bears Unite

Featured March 2016
Sara Carnes — morning show co-host at 95.5 The Fish — asked other “mama bears” to finish the sentence: "You're a mama bear when __." Many answered the call and provided some great, relatable responses, which Carnes shares with Northeast Ohio Parent readers. ...
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