Kids who read

  Yes, they have comfy beds. One bed for each child, even.  But for some reason the two older kids decided to sleep together on the spare cot. And why not? What better way to end the day than to be real close to your sister enjoying a good dragon book? I am so grateful that all three of my kids love reading....more

Should You Join the PTA? The Answer Might Surprise You

My first introduction to the PTA (or Parent Teacher Association) was through my mother's typewriter. Click, clack. Click, clack. My mother, co-president of the PTA, had volunteered to type up the recipe submissions for "Koala Kitchen," a cookbook put together and sold by the PTA as a fundraiser for my elementary school. ...more

Trapper Keeper

 It's back to school shopping time.When I was in grammar school, I remember heading out to the office supply store with a few very important items on my mind -- Hello Kitty pencils, Lisa Frank folders, and of course, a Trapper Keeper. There were so many to choose from, but I finally decided one with rainbow colored hearts floating through the sky.I couldn't wait until the first day of school so I could see which Trapper my best friend picked out....more

And They're Off: Back to School They Go

It's begun! My older two minions are officially in school, the same school, for the same amount of time, 5 days a week.WHAT?!...more

The importance of unstructured play

 My youngest, who recently turned five, loves to draw and colour. She started when she was about three and to this day spends a few hours daily doodling and creating things. I've always let her colour, more or less at will. She has to show up and pay attention to lessons during homeschooling, but otherwise she's free to colour whenever she has a spare moment. ...more

A New Parent Cycle of Delusion

 Before children we are naive, including myself, in fact especially myself. I said so many things that I would definitely not do &  things I would....more

Everyday poetry: Comic books by the lake

It doesn't get much better that this.  ...more

On-the-Go Strawberry Mango Smoothies

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My Daughter's the N.K.O.T.B. and She's Not Hangin' Tough

Dear Mouthy Housewives, We moved to a new state over the summer. Everything is great, except my daughter is starting a new middle school very soon and she's scared out of her mind. What can I do to help her feel better about the transition? Signed, New In Town ...more