To my son, Something caught my attention the other day. I suddenly realized that you are not a baby anymore. You are a toddler, and you are becoming a little boy right before my eyes. It excites me to see you...
Sensory play is a vital tool for all children. You may have heard other parents, teachers, therapists, and doctors comment on the use of sensory play for certain children. However, I feel it's important to understand how helpful it...
School picture day is rapidly approaching! Or as I like to think of it, the day my mom reminds me of Kari from The Incredibles movie. You know, the part where she answers the front door after babysitting Jack-Jack,...
My entire life I have been borderline obsessive about being in control. I have always felt like I have needed to do things my way in order for things to be done correctly. It's my strong type-A personality. The to-do...
Dear freshman daughter, I have been trying to figure out some wisdom I can impart to you as you embark on your high school experience. The more I think about it, the more I realize that you don’t need to...
One of the cool things about living in 2019 is the vast array of options we have when educating our children.  Homeschooling, parochial schooling, un-schooling, non-religious private schooling....you get the point.  We have fantastic options, people. We chose public schooling for...
With the start of school comes a list of things you need to remember and plan for—paperwork, transportation, extracurricular activities, classroom parties, volunteering, and in some instances, supplying class snacks. Many schools have strict rules for what can be...
Dear Daughter, I saw you before you turned from sweet little girl to independent pre-teen. I watched you giggle at yourself in the mirror. I swooned when you sang your made-up songs and role played with your Barbies. I...
Welcome to the carpool line at school--more notably known as the fifth ring of hell. Apparently, the simple concept of pulling up to the first orange cone is often confusing to the frazzled, behind-schedule minivan owner who makes great...
My son became a Cub Scout, and not a single leader welcomed us to the pack. Nobody called us to explain what to buy, what to expect, or where in the world all those darn badges are supposed to...
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You Do You: 5 Tips for Finding Balance Working From Home

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With all that has changed over the past weeks, one of the biggest changes has been the people, or the lack thereof. As I...