The year my second child was born, life threw us some curveballs. That year included selling and buying of homes, an out of state move, career changes, and more. All of this was easily taking away my focus from...
Like everyone else on New Year's Eve, I was excited to usher in 2020. This was going to be my year. The year I finally caught up and kept the house clean. The year that I got to work...
“It’s been a complete dumpster fire,” I said to my husband when he called at 4pm on our first day of homeschool, year 2020.  The truest lesson I have learned from three years of homeschooling is to expect nothing more...
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...
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...

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Although it is still hot, the bees and mosquitoes are still buzzing and we’re more likely to throw on a swimsuit than a sweatshirt,...