When it comes to my relationship status with my kid's homework, the best descriptor would be: "It's complicated." I see the value in having little ones flex their mental muscles outside of school hours. It's good for them to...
It's time.  The kids are tan and dirty and tired. They've grown a little, in both size and maturity. They've driven us crazy and they've filled our hearts with joy. They've played with cousins, gone to camp, learned to ride...
As my newsfeed fills up with adorably-posed pictures of excited kids and parents heading back to school, my family of six is gearing up for another year of home education.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't have...
A few months back, I received a phone call from my niece, asking if I wanted to buy some chocolate. (Silly question, she could have just sent me the chocolate and a bill!) Being her first year in a...
  Anyone can pack a lunch, but most of us don't get exactly get a thrill from it, except those weird bento box moms on Pinterest. But my kid's lunch never looks like Pikachu, Mario, or Van Gough's starry night....
This week is teacher appreciation week, and to show our appreciation for those wonderful heroes every teacher everywhere is getting that week off with pay and going on a destination vacation of their choosing. JUST KIDDING! But wouldn’t it be nice...
There are people who suggest that teaching is a good career because of its work-life balance. As the wife of a teacher, I'm wondering what that idealized work-life balance looks like. Teachers don't go into teaching because they want to...
I can remember being bored in elementary school.  I’m relatively “book smart” and so academics have always been pretty easy for me.  In first grade, I’d get so bored during reading time that I’d dramatically lie with my face...
We lay the clothes out the night before. Lunches are pre-packed, though admittedly, sometimes I fail at this. More than one alarm is set.   I shower at night to save time. I even pick out MY clothes the night before. But morning after morning,...
At first mention, "Meeting Street" brings to mind images of the Meeting Street Telethon or the amazing work that Meeting Street does to teach, assist, and empower children with special needs. But one of Meeting Street's best hidden gems...

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