My boys start back to school tomorrow. I feel depressed just typing that. Since I’m a teacher, I started back last week. Our summer was over in the blink of an eye. As much as I love summer break...
Before my oldest child (now entering fifth grade) even started kindergarten, I bought into the Bento box phenomenon. Why? There's little to no unwrapping, it reduces plastic waste, and the small compartments are just plain appealing to little eyes....
Next month will bring big changes to our household. My toddler, who long ago stopped fitting the definition of “toddler,” will become a preschooler in both title and position. He turns four in August. The week after his birthday,...
Every year around this time, not so coincidentally about when students start getting into the 6s, 7s, and 8s, I receive more phone calls than normal from parents of 3rd and 4th-graders. "My daughter is struggling with multiplication and she...
How was your day? <good> Did you have a good day? <yes> My kids are still young elementary schoolers, but this quick question and response cycle has come early in my house. Every day when I pick them up from the babysitter’s...
Each fall, colleges gear up for one of the biggest days of the year: New Student Move-in Day. Where I work, this means the college comes alive again. Dorms light up, athletic fields are manicured, and to the demise...
We all know them, the familiar phrases one hears on repeat in those fragile early months of new motherhood. Well meaning folks coming off a full night's sleep who will smile at you in the checkout line and urge...
My parents never took me on vacation. Well, not in the summer anyway. And certainly nowhere exotic, fancy or far away. Hotels, beach houses, chalets, cabins in the woods? Those were all for rich people. I grew up hearing stories...
The past week has had me thinking about bullies a lot…and sadly not because I just watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, although that program serves as a case study in bullying and toxic masculinity. From the moment Rudolph comes...
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 school year has officially begun. You might be wondering (since our kids have been in school for weeks) what is signaling my official start date. Is it the subtle shift in weather? Or the sprinkling...

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