Parenting the Middle Child – When It’s Not Middle Child Syndrome

I’ve always heard about middle child syndrome, but I’ve never seen it before nor experienced it. It’s always been myself and my younger sister. I was the eldest, she was the baby, and I had to set the example. All of those memes about how they had your curfew, you dated with an escort, etc.- yea that was totally me....more

What your child's teacher wants to know

When I was in fourth grade, our house caught on fire. Happily, no one was hurt, but a great number of our possessions either had fire or smoke damage. My brother and I took off a few days from school as a result of our parents trying to figure out how to restore normality to our family....more

10 End-of-Year Gifts Teachers Will Love

At the end of the year, many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. The best advice I have is: Know thy teacher. So, for example, if you're not certain the teacher drinks alcohol, don't offer a bottle of wine, and don't give gift certificates to a big, corporate bookstore like Barnes & Noble to someone who was petitioning the city council not to allow any more big box stores into your town because they drive out local businesses. ...more
My son's 4th grade teacher had the best idea ever. He does not want any gift at all, but if ...more


5 Reasons You Should Hug a Preschool Teacher

Currently, I am doing some part-time substitute teaching in a preschool classroom, which is a fairly new experience for me. Though I was a teacher once upon a time, I worked with high school and middle school students. So we are talking about pretty much the entire opposite end of the spectrum here. I always used to think I didn't I have the special kind of patience required to be a preschool teacher. Older kids don't need the same type of refined discipline and meticulously crafted rules as the little guys. I mean, that attention to detail is exhausting....more

My Twins Maternity Leave Story

At our first ultrasound, we never thought we’d hear the doctor say that we were expecting twins. Once we had some time to wrap our heads around this incredible and unexpected news, it was time to start thinking about how we were going to plan for their arrival....more

My childhood bullies contacted me on Facebook

As seen on the Huffington Post:...more

Christmas Muffins and the True Meaning of Christmas

No one knows the exhaustion of the holidays more than a teacher in the days leading up to winter break (especially teachers of smaller children).No one understands the anticipation and angst of Santa's arrival more than a Kindergarten teacher on Dec. 19.No one can imagine the crazed excitement of the Christmas countdown more than teachers....more

Ways to show teachers you care

I ran across this article (which is actually from Thanksgiving, but I think it applies to Christmas just as much) about showing teachers you care. have a few thoughts on gifts for teachers (the good and the "don't bother") too.The "Don't Bother" List:1. The teachers I spoke to said they have plenty of "World's Greatest Teacher Mugs." ...more