I was a four-eyed, brace-faced, awkward-haired band nerd, which made middle school pretty rough. While I had good friends and great experiences, I also experienced my share of heartbreak, disappointment, and social struggles--even flat-out bullying. I have to be very...
Before I had my son I was a different kind of mother; I was a high school teacher!  I had a cozy little classroom with a sofa in the middle and a crazy bunch of kids who called me...
The end of this school year hit with an unsatisfying thud. Parents of graduating seniors hosted drive-by open house parties. Elementary parents picked up a garbage bag of school supplies at a pre-scheduled time. Our angst-filled teenagers were justifiably scowly when...
“I’m bored.” Ah, the infamous statement children solemnly and exasperatedly say at some point during summer break. The school year is finished, and the thrill and excitement of summer vacation is upon us. I’m craving the hot and carefree summer days,...
Dear Class of 2020, This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. Not for you. Not for your family. I’m truly sorry. When you heard that school was closed for the rest of the year, I imagine many of you were devastated,...
Have a girl, they said. It will be so much fun dressing her up in pretty clothes and hairbows. You’ll love taking her shopping and getting your nails done together. But they forgot to tell you about puberty, and how...
I remember vividly cuddling my sweet bundle of joy in the first months of her life. I loved dressing her in frills + bows, where she smiled and gurgled her willingness to comply. A full tummy, clean diaper, and...
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,...
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...
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We had COVID-19, and We Are Still Recovering

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I know; we are all sick of hearing and talking about COVID-19. I get it. Frankly, so am I. But, we’re not talking enough...