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....
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...
Before I had kids I was a to-do list, task-oriented maniac.  I remember in college I would bust out a workout, study session, a paper, volunteer at the soup kitchen, and attend class all before noon.  I'm not kidding. ...
If you live in Rhode Island and have a child in school or about to enter school, you may have seen that the results of the first year of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System exam (RICAS) were just...
There was a time in my teaching career when I would have read the title of this and thought, "Debate? What debate? Homework is important and necessary. Period." I was an English teacher, and I gave homework. Nightly homework included...
I try to look away, but social media sometimes has its way. I see posts all over my feed of parents dropping off their 18-year-olds. Dorm rooms filled with duvet covers and daughters and sons hugging parents goodbye. Moms...
Just last week, my youngest daughter began full-day kindergarten, and for the first time in 7 years, I'm spending my days without a child at my feet. When I share this news with other people, the most common response...
When I tell people I homeschool my children, I am sure to field many burning questions, which I am more than happy to answer. But one of the most common comments I get is, "oh, I could never do...

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Guide to Summer Fireworks in RI and MA

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Looking to catch some fireworks this summer? Check out our comprehensive guide to the best fireworks displays in Rhode Island and Massachusetts! RHODE ISLAND July...