Back to School Coffee? Obviously the PTO Hates Parents

I woke up this morning with a little spring in my step. In three days, my peaceful, boy-free house will be reclaimed for seven whole hours a day. Yippee!! I will pop out of bed like a songbird and start belting out, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” (This holiday medley also makes an appearance during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.) Back to school means back to sanity. ...more
Ha! Good for you! I couldn't do it this year ... Not. Ready.more

What gifted teens dread about returning to high school

Some gifted teens look forward to starting back to school....more

When kindergarten is difficult for the younger sibling

My daughter really loves going to kindergarten. This morning she jumped on my bed at 6:50am and yelled "Kindergarten, kindergarten......" She is so excited about going.  The one person who is not loving kindergarten is her younger 3 year old brother. ...more

First day of Kindergarten

This morning I dropped off my daughter to her first day of Kindergarten.  I had to take my 3 year old son with me so I knew it was going to be a short drop off.  We took pictures of my daughter at home and then we were off to school.  I thought it was going to be sad, dramatic but it wasn't. ...more

Create an Everyday Board to Promote Learning at Home

Gigi, my five-year-old, wants to know everything about... EVERYTHING! Questions, questions, questions. all. the.time. I love her inquisitive nature and her thirst for knowledge, but boy can it be exhausting answering every question she has. So in order to help both of us out and turn her curious mind into actual factual learning, we made together an "Everyday Board." There are two important aspects of the everyday she needs and wants to know: Weather and Time. I broke them down on the board in 5 different ways. ...more
Boomer Grandparent Absolutely! Thanks!more

How to Fake Mom Confidence like a Rockstar on the First Day of Kindergarten

I am sure you've seen all the posts about preparing your new school-ager for the first day of Kindergarten. My youngest is one of those new kindergartners and the tips have been a great help....more

Budgeting for Back to School: Tips to Save Money on Everything from Backpacks to Pencils

Yay, back to school time! Sure, new stuff might soften the landing a bit for kids who are reluctant and cranky about starting the new school year. But what if you don't need anything to buy anything new this year? What if the school stuff they were just using back in June is still fine and acceptable for September? ...more
reillysmom16 My son went to private school for three years as well and agreed, if you are able ...more

Working mom's day off

I had a day off today so I rounded up the kids and we went on a field trip to Target.  I had to return the Frozen movie I had purchased because a friend got it for my daughter.  I had no idea that Target had a policy that electronics had to be returned within 30 days.  Luckily they were really nice about it.  Plus it helped that it wasn't open and in perfect condition.  They gave me a 19 dollar gift card....more

School Uniforms-Causing conflict between mothers and daughters since, forever

I went with my daughter this morning to get her school uniform jumper shortened.  As I was helping put on the yellow polo shirt and blue and yellow jumper she said "Do I have to wear this? Why do I have to wear this?" I told her "Because all of the other girls at your school will be wearing the same thing. I know you don't like it, but this jumper is going to be your new best friend." ...more