8 TV Shows to Binge-Watch While On Late Night Baby Duty (Or, Right Now)

Last week, I chatted with some colleagues about the television shows we’ve been watching. One of my co-workers is due with her first baby in a few short weeks and therefore looking for something to watch during those 2 a.m. feedings. She took notes ...more

The Secret to Getting Your Kids to Do What You Want

I watched her seamlessly round up her four children as they splashed, swam, and dove in the pool. ...more

10 Life Skills Every Teen Needs Before College

The youngest of our five is about to be a sophomore in high school this year. And as I was reminiscing about how fast these last 15 years have gone for her, I realized that I only have a few more years left to make sure she is ready to take those ...more

7 Ways to Be an Overachieving Mom Without Doing Jack

When it comes to summer, the internet always barfs up two opposing eye-roll-worthy lines of thought for how moms should handle all the extra time with their kiddos. ...more

Thanks Dad, For Teaching Me Everything!

The first time my father saw actual grass was at the Polo Grounds in the 1950s, when his dad took him to see his coveted baseball team, the then New York Giants, play. Born and raised in the Bronx, my dad's childhood was concrete and stickball, urban adventures that matched nothing like my suburban upbringing. My dad wanted to be a father. He wanted the opportunity to continue his own learning and share what he knew with his children. ...more

I Found the Path to Get Girls to Code

“You cannot be, what you cannot see”...more

You Can Travel Travel To Europe Without Spending Your Kids' College Funds

One thing you will always hear people complaining about is how expensive it is to travel in Europe. True, flights from the U.S. to Europe can be pricey, but once you are on the ground it is a whole different story. The Euro has been slipping for months now, and it is almost neck-and-neck with the U.S. dollar, which means you are no longer paying extra just to be in another country. Even Switzerland, where they don't even use the Euro, is running close to the dollar, although this notoriously expensive country is still pricey even when the dollar is up. ...more

Hello July!

Happy July and Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!!...more

“PLEEEEEEEEESE”

In a post a few months back, I wrote that I do not buy paper towels and I do not, but just for the sake of this post, let’s just say that I do……. (code word of the day – ‘Paper Towels’ = Toilet paper)...more

Because The Partridge Family Needed Me

Have you ever listened to your child as they asked a question that was completely off the wall, rolled your eyes and then proceeded to respond in a way that made even you cringe when you later thought back about your reaction?  I may have done this once or twice when my kids were young and I could just kick myself for it now.  Kids can come up with some crazy ideas when they are little but their hearts and their minds were so full of excitement and wonder and they want to share everything with us – for a time.  I wasn’t always good about stopping to pay attention each time but I did try. ...more

Thanks Dad, For Teaching Me Everything!

The first time my father saw actual grass was at the Polo Grounds in the 1950s, when his dad took him to see his coveted baseball team, the then New York Giants, play. Born and raised in the Bronx, my dad's childhood was concrete and stickball, urban adventures that matched nothing like my suburban upbringing. My dad wanted to be a father. He wanted the opportunity to continue his own learning and share what he knew with his children. ...more

Another Great Verb: Slake

I want to turn to my thirsty daughter and say, "Slake your thirst with this cold glass of lemonade." Slake: to quench or satisfy....more

DC Bucket List: Burke Lake Park & Glen Echo Puppet Show

Summer is flying by and so far, its been such a fun one. Sawyer and I are having a ball going on these little adventures and Rhett's been such a champ as I drag him around DC. I'm sure he appreciates it though in his own little way.It's so funny to think about how different this summer from last year's ....more

Elevation Change

Sometimes, the only thing to do after receiving a piece of sad news is to keep busy. ...more

Fathers Day 2015

We had a great day as a family on Father's Day! I made Robb breakfast, and then we headed to our nephews baptism! Such a special day! ...more

A Year of Third-Grade Activism

courtesy gpaeanews.wordpress.com My sixth year of teaching is behind me now, and like every year, I’m thinking about what to celebrate and where I need...more

Consistency and Organization Are Essential for Good Schools

Every time I hear “experts” talk about finding the next great thing to improve education I want to scream. Why are we trying to reinvent the wheel? Why don’t we use successful models to help struggling schools and districts? ...more