A Season of Renewal

Wednesday was the first day back to school here in our little corner of the world. There were backpacks to fill with a year’s worth of school supplies, snacks to prepare, and forms to sign.I woke up extra early to make sure that everyone’s clothes were laid out and that the morning would go off without a hitch.Then I got busy with the real work of the day. My work.I made three signs that announced each child’s grade. I made sure my phone was charged and that my nine-year-old hadn’t decided to take 300 selfies the night before....more

Back to school essentials, from backpacks to lunch boxes

School days are here again with a vengeance. And for parents and principles, that means paying attention to what the kids and teens are taking with them to those hallowed hallways. ...more

Ants on a log: Healthy snack idea for school or work

It might still feel like summer outside, but there’s no denying that it’s already back to school season.  Cue Debbie Downer music!  Although it’s been years since I last set foot in a classroom, I still get that optimistic, hopeful feeling whenever early September rolls around.  Living in a university town helps fuel that nostalgia and excitement, and I never get tired of it....more

Back To School Blues

 "Could you just change into these?" I ask him, holding out the...more

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