Letting Go, Letting Them Learn

For as long as I can remember, I have been a riddled with anxiety. On the playground, I studied my tennis shoes with hopes I wouldn't be chosen for kickball. I sweated in the 40-degree weather with fear that my face would resemble a pug dog after one ...more

Let's Get Ready for Preschool!

The first day of school is kind of a big deal, especially for preschoolers. Leaving the comfort of home isn't easy, but it’s a huge milestone for both kids and parents. Prepare for the first day of school by creating an exciting, positive experience ...more

ABC, Easy at 123, Let's Go Back to School!

A – The Aggravation that bubbles inside of you when you realize there are too many things that need to get done for that first day of school and not enough hours in which to do them. ...more

She Was Okay at School

I breezed through the first day of school like an old pro today. I dropped my first grader off outside his classroom then made my way to kindergarten. My brave little girl sat stoically in her seat as I said my goodbyes. I threaded my way through ...more

Raising a Strong-Willed Kid? This One's For You!

I'm totally smitten by my daughter's gumption, independence, carefree spirit, and determination. I've witnessed her solve problems all on her own. I've shared the thrill of her figuring out how to put on her sandals while being able to successfully ...more

Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more

Retiring Baby: When Your Little One Grows Up

It's the night before the first day of school. Everyone's in good spirits, some more excited than others, but it's good enough. My youngest sat in bed, cuddling his little blue bear, “Baby.” I smiled as I remembered the first time I gave him that bear. He was a small guy, maybe three-years-old. He was going to bed and experiencing his typical nighttime anxiety, not wanting me to leave the room until he was fast asleep. I sat at the edge of his bed and picked up the little blue bear, and put it into his arms. He quickly cuddled it. ...more

Don't Worry, It Won't Always Be This Way

Pregnancy: Almost overnight, the life I know becomes a mix of morning sickness, strange food cravings, and raging hormones. A few months in, even getting off the couch requires a serious effort. My back is killing me, my feet are starting to look more like balloon animals than the trusty appendages that once carried me through my day, and the gynecologist visits are more frequent and far more intrusive. The doctor assures me, "The last few weeks are the hardest, but Baby's almost here. It won't always be this way." ...more
Thanks, I needed this tonight. I'm sitting here after putting my five and a half year old and a ...more

The Crab Claw

When I saw this email from BlogHer about “Make Life Work”, the first thing that came to my mind was sharing the experience I'm having right now with whom we have named, "The Crab".Having a small marketing firm that give services regionally to Latin America, we deal with many cultural and language challenges. With time we have learned about every country’s way of doing marketing.I can say that typically these are very nice experiences, and we usually have very good relationship with everyone; however we sometimes have what we call 'those cases'....more

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

If your kids are like mine, you probably spend a small fortune on pizza deliveries. Well let ...more

What Happens When You Read The Bloggess

Once in a while, while surfing the web, I click on a link, and I know the link to this awesome Three Sloths Gazing at the Moon T-shirt came from somewhere in Jenny Lawson’s blog. I’ve been trying to find the original post, but now I can’t locate it. Still, I’m pretty sure this has The Bloggess’ gleeful humor written all over it ....more

The Transition

In the months and weeks leading up to Will’s birth, we did everything we could to help prepare Eli for the impending change. At first, he would just outright deny that there was going to be a baby. If you asked him anything about a baby or a big brother, the answer was no ....more

Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more

ChitChat: First Day of School

Homeschooling Resources: Learning with Subscription Boxes

School for all of my children starts next Tuesday. One will be off to new adventures in high school (oh Mylanta!) and the other three will be still at home with me. We’re entering into our second official year of.. ....more

9 on the 9th

We celebrated Thomas's golden birthday on August 9th. I didn't even realize it was a golden birthday until Rachel reminded me. This boy had more opinions about his birthday this year than he normally does ....more

Meet the Parents: A Young Teacher’s Back to School Night

When people find out I teach high school, they often reply with some surprise, “but you look like a high school student yourself!” I sigh, they tell me I’ll be thankful for my youthful appearance as I get older, and we move on – but through these interactions, I am constantly reminded of the additional work I need to do to build legitimacy and authority as an instructor. And there is no clearer time when I pressure myself to this point than during Back to School Night (BTSN). It is one thing to have to prove to the students that they can trust me, but it’s a whole other to make parents feel comfortable that a young whippersnapper is in charge of teaching and empowering their child in the participation of our political system ....more