3 Hours of Homework – Where’s Family Fun Time?

For the past month we have had my husband’s cousins living with us. They are both in high school with one in grade 9 and one in grade 11. It has been my first experience with teenagers, as I am used to my boys who are all under the age of 7. His cousins are great kids that are well behaved. They love to play with the boys and even try to help out around the house. I have been pleasantly surprised that these teenagers are not the stereotypical rebellious, egocentric or irresponsible teens they portray in the media....more

Thank you for your comment. The kids are working hard, but I do not think they are doing more ...more


In my internal vision of myself as Mother, I am patient. I am kind. When I assist with homework, I explain the item at hand and then continue to clarify as needed until the proverbial lightbulb goes on over Emily's Head. I am a teacher, after all, and my knowledge of teaching pedagogy and practice guides me. In addition, since I intimately know the challenges that my daughter faces in her learning, I am brilliant in my ability to supportively meet her needs. ...more

Holidays aren't Curriculum

I was once at an early childhood conference when the topic of using food in art projects came up. I piped up and explained that I did not like children to use food stuff as art materials, even infants and toddlers....more

Five weeks closer to having “, RN” after my name

Friday was a happy day. It was the day I passed my first mental health nursing course. I know there will be another one next year, but hopefully it will feel like it’s a more productive class. I am very grateful for learning the technique of therapeutic communication, and I’m sure I’ll use it for the rest of my career....more

Finding my Voice...and I'm Frustrated, Scared and Mad

So, I kept putting off a new blog.  I started to let the thoughts of "no one really cares about what is going on in my life but me" stop me each time I had a new idea.  It's true.  I'm not that interesting.  My life probably mirrors many other people's lives out there, but I do have a couple of things I am passionate enough about to start bringing to light....more

I really appreciate that quote. I had not known about the Earth documentary! But I am not ...more

The Internet and Your Children

Do you think your children are safe from internet crime and predators? Think again. Every email sent has a hidden header that can be viewed by the person receiving the email....more

When no one understands your kid in school...

Moving beyond the labels and achieving great things is a big dream for children with learning difficulties....more

Adrian Fenty: How Washington DC residents voted for change then rejected it.

Disclaimer: I value all sides of the issue and this is just one of many point of views. Thank you for reading mine. When Adrian Fenty was elected for mayor of Washington DC, I wasn't his biggest fan. However, that mostly had to do with my political party affiliation and disdain for every DC election swinging hard left. I thought that Adrian Fenty would parrot the prior mayors of DC and pretty much be in lock-step with the status quo around the district....more

My Brain is Too Loud!

I think I may have mentioned before just how much Chipmunk loves his new teacher, Miss Dillon. He is completely in love with her, and she is so wonderful with him! ...more

She does, doesn't she? I'm so pleased he has her this year :)

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I Work From Home ... and I Homeschool

We are going into week 2 of our homeschooling adventure. It's been QUITE the whirlwind.And I am learning a REALLY valuable lesson with homeschooling. EVERYTHING IS EDUCATION. Everything. Helping bathe the baby? Learning. Grocery shopping with me? Learning. Running after the baby so he doesn't tear all the books off the shelf at Borders while I am trying to figure out what literature to buy you for next month? Learning. ...more

My son is 13 (nearly 14!) and he's always been homeschooled as has his 6-year old sister. We are ...more