Summer Bucket List Redo

http://www.hpj.com/lifestyles/cooking/summerbucketlist.cfmSummer bucket listStory and photos by Angie Suttonwww.mothersapronstrings.com...more

A Hybrid College Education for the Adult Learner...too bad it doesn't save energy

I need to get my bachelor's degree in order to get ahead in my job, but I didn't have time to go to a traditional college because I have two kids. (Man, I should like one of those commercials).  So, I started what is called a hybrid program which is a blend of on campus classroom meetings with a strong online component as well.  I take one class per semester, do a whole bunch of online assignments and drive 60 miles to campus 3 times a semester.  On paper it doesn't sound too bad.  In real life it is a different story. ...more

Getting Back To School!

I am finally, finally back. We had a very challenging but overall very good summer and now the school year is looking really promising. A few adjustments, some more difficult than others, but overall I think we can handle it! And I've been making lunches and taking pictures of them, too.  So let's get started!I'm lumping the first couple of weeks of school together because I didn't take a picture of every single lunch, and also because the first couple of weeks were short.First day breakfast!...more

5 Things To Do Now the Kids are Back in School

 Whew! My kids are finally back in school. (I’m a little excited. Can you tell?)So now that the kids are out of the house, what’s a girl to do? I offer you five things you could do now that the kids are back in school.5. You’ve been stockpiling the mail all summer. Sure you’ve probably pulled out a bill or two that had to be paid. Otherwise, there’s a college-course of paperwork waiting for you. It’s stuffed in  a container in the home office....more

Back To School: 6 Tips For Your Sensory Child

I know I’m not alone. I get smiles in solidarity, hear the groans at the local Starbucks, and share the frazzled Mom look of yoga pants, messy hair and tired eyes.  It’s called back to school shock. While some Moms are dancing in their driveways, Mom’s like me are charting lists, emailing teachers, staying up late to prep and rising early, just to guzzle down some coffee before the stressful start of the school morning begins....more

Why I Wish My Kids Were Going Back to School in the 70s

My kids returned to school on Tuesday.  Technically, this means I survived the Back to School season since they are now back! But, oh, how I wish they had gone back to school in the 70s.Let me tell you why:...more

5 Differences Between My Son's First Day of School Now and in 2023

“Are you excited about the first day of school?” asked no child another child ever. This is a question that is reserved for grown ups and automatically classifies the asker as such. And by such I actually mean lame. Excited isn’t typically the adjective that comes to mind when you’re a child contemplating the first day of prison, math-hell, the rest of your life school....more

What Back-to-School in Newtown, Connecticut Feels Like

Yesterday was the first day of school, and I so remember last year, when I teased my teenagers and mockingly made a video of them heading off to that first milestone day. The most wonderful day of the year for so many working parents! This year is different. ...more
My heart ached the day I heard about the shooting at Newtown. I remember walking on my treadmill ...more