Back to School: Stop Bullying Before it Starts!

(Oringainally posted in the sgrouples blog.) “We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up.” - It Get’s Better, Barack Obama It’s back to school time again! We want so much for our kids as they return to classes – We want them to enjoy learning, pay attention to their teachers, make quality friends…and not get into any trouble.We also hope that they don’t hurt themselves or each other; physically, emotionally, or otherwise. According to Lori Tagger of St. Anthony’s Medical Center, “Bullying is not some harmless phase of childhood; it can do a lot of damage to the victim and have lifelong consequence.” My goal is always to prevent problems before they start.Here are some tips for parents and kids to help keep everyone feeling good and stop bullying from all sides....more

The Big Shift

Except for the date, this is pretty acc...more

Back to School: 5 Tips for Self-Employed Moms

Summer is a time of schedule adjustment for any working parent. For self-employed Mom's, the impact is even greater as the workplace becomes inhabited by kids that are home during the day. Now that it's back to school time, the time is ripe to refocus your efforts in your business and recalibrate the rhythms of your day to accommodate the transition. ...more
 @Laine Griffin Good for you taking some time to create SPACE in which to revisit and adjust.  ...more

Would You Let Your 1st Grader Ride the Bus with High Schoolers?

School started this week in our little city. Having bought the new house last Spring, we had the joy of switching school districts. Our oldest son has been excited all summer about the new school for first grade, the new friends, and... the bus. I was also excited about the bus; he didn't ride last year and I envisioned so much more free time without the drop off and pick up and wait, wait, wait. That is, I was excited about the bus until I learned that the bus held Kindergarten through 12th grade. Uh, no thanks. ...more
My kids don't ride the bus now but did in first and second grade, with kids all the way through ...more

Preschool is a big deal

My life is about to change pretty drastically.  I don't mean to be all dramatic about it, but it's true.  Beginning this Friday, my oldest, Miles, will begin attending preschool three half-days a week....more

Back-to-School Tradition: A Fancy Dinner

Our Fancy Back to School Dinner allows us to come together as a family to enjoy a meal and pray for the upcoming school year. We call it a “Fancy Dinner” because it gives us a chance to set the table for a multi-course meal with real dinning ware, get dressed up and practice our manners....more

5 Ways to Spend Less on Back To School Shopping

According to a recent Women & Co back-to-school survey, not only do mothers spend more on their children’s fall wardrobes than they do on their own, but they can on average expect to spend id="mce_marker"31 on new clothes and $48 on school supplies per child. No wonder the National Retail Federation reports that the average family will spend nearly $690 this back-to-school season....more

Start Writing....I finally just sat down

I did it.  I sat down at my keyboard and started to write.  I didn’t check my email, look at Facebook, start a load of laundry, clean the kitchen.....ok, well I am rarely distracted by the dirty dishes.  I just sat down to write....more

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

We've got a whole lot of change going on here at the Crazy Train in the next couple of weeks.  I know you've heard the whole "change is good" nonsense that people like to spew about.  Hell, even I make this comment from time to time!  But I don't usually say this in reference to me and mine.  At my house, change is most decidedly B. A. D....more