Nothing is more heartbreaking than your child coming home from school with hurt feelings or discovering your own child is responsible for the pain of other children.  The older your kids become, the more opportunity they have to experience...
I vividly remember the first day of preschool. They woke up early, had chocolate milk in fancy cups for breakfast and had picked out their outfits a week in advance. I sobbed for a solid hour after drop off,...
We all know there’s no handbook for this parenting gig, and that lack of official guidance is one reason we’re all looking for tips and ideas to do it better. I often think about writing a chapter in that nonexistent...
I know you’re all tired of seeing that nightmarish face with the inhumanly stretched grin and large, unblinking eyes. I can’t even open Facebook without seeing Momo staring directly into my soul. As a mother of a 9-year-old son,...
My dear girl, I was just like you once, not so long ago: not yet a woman, but no longer a child. You are figuring out who you are and what you stand for.  You are finding your place not...
Since becoming a mother eleven years ago, I've noticed that each stage is busier than the last. Whether you’re sleep deprived with a newborn, physically worn out from chasing a toddler around, or mentally exhausted from keeping up with...
Socialization. It’s a big word, and it’s one you hear used a lot when it comes to homeschooling. Aren’t you worried about socialization?  I hope your kids are getting socialized.  How are you socializing your kids? These are all questions I’ve fielded everywhere...
Awhile ago I wrote a post on how I am building exposure for my children with regards to diversity. I did this by purposely buying and reading them books with either a person of color as the main character...
“She will never be good at math. She’s just not made for it.”My daughter’s 4th grade teacher told me this at a parent-teacher conference, with my daughter sitting next to me. She was nine years old and her teacher...
Whether you're dragging your feet or you're jumping for joy, our kids are headed back to school again. With that comes a barrage of questions: Who is my teacher? Where is my locker? Who will I eat lunch with? What...
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