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

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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. http://www.woodlandsonline.com/newsarchives/archivedetails.cfm?id=54204I 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

7 Unique Ideas For Your Kids' Teachers' Gifts This Holiday Season

Listen, I don't mean to alarm you, but the gift-giving season is fast approaching. Like, warp speed fast. Like, scary fast. If you don't want to be caught shopping at the very last minute, now is the time to get your act together—especially if you have kids in school and you're the type that likes to gift the teacher. The truth is that school ends before Christmas Day, so you need to get in gear now if you want to thank your kids' teacher for putting up with all of their antics thus far this school year! ...more
The wish list on Scholastic is a good idea! My kids' teachers keep libraries of books in their ...more

That's just how I feel

As a person, we have the right to stand by our opinion and that is just how I feel. I have received many responses from adult and old people-like that they like my enthusiasm and positivity....more

Nothing I Learned In Kindergarten Has Done Me A Bit Of Good

I remember my mother abandoning me to the tender mercies of the kindergarten teacher when I was six years old. She promised she'd stay and watch through that little window in the door, and she did for a little while. Then, she disappeared and I had to learn my ABCs. This was before Sesame Street so the banner marching across the top of the blackboard was my first official glimpse of the letters. Supposedly, everything we need to know we learned there, but I know my parents have to share some of the blame....more
You were so much more street-wise than I was at that age. I wouldn't be that smart for another ...more

Mommy is failing at school

Within the span of his short life, my son has been to two schools. He attended the first school from the extremely tender age of six weeks old and only left it after we moved, right before his fourth birthday. In that first school, he made his first friends, and there was a core group of them that moved from room to room. It became natural for me to know them and for them to know me. I've painted their faces, talked to them upon pickup, and had them over for play dates and birthday parties....more

10 Things my Kids Wanted you to Know about the Teacher's Strike in BC, Canada

10 Things my Kids want you to Hear about the Teacher's Strike09/12/20140 Comments...more