The "Expand-a-day" Family

This phenomenon in daycare is a form of “Bait and Switch”. A parent calls and wants to ask about your childcare. They set up an interview and of course they want to know about cost. They assure you their hours are shorter than average. Mom goes to work at nine so she will drop off at 8:45 AM, and Dad gets off at 3:30 so they will pick up at 4:00 PM. They would like your rate for 8 hour days....more

Courtney Fire

People have been sending me messages all about the Courtney Fire in Madera County because it is burning at our beloved Bass Lake. I knew the fire was up in the hills between Bass Lake and Oakhurst. We have driven through that road a few times ....more

How I Teach Vocabulary – With Handouts

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Teaching Tuesday” post, but I’ve gotten some emails lately asking how I teach vocabulary, so I thought I’d share a little bit about that today. Quick and easy. ...more

Rawr. And a little hope.

i am so angry....more

A Job Description for Parents

In order raise a respectable adult there is a saying that it takes a village. This is partially true. Many parents feel that it is the job of the childcare and school to educate their child. No-one is responsible for your child unless they volunteer for the job of raising them for you. If you don’t show an interest in your child’s education, chances are they won’t excel in school. If you don’t pay attention to how they are doing in school there will be no-one to catch on when they fall behind....more

How Breastfeeding Ended My Body War

When I was 13-years-old, I saved my money to order TBRS from a catalog. TBRS. Total Body Reshaping System. At 13, I was already sure my body needed to be totally reshaped, starting with my boobs (because I had none). Over the next 10 years, I raged against my body. I hated it, wished it were different. I dieted, binged, overexercised. But, mostly I was just mean to it....more
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Homemade Gluten Free Play Dough

I love play dough. I know it’s messy, but I love it and always have. By itself or with cookie cutters, knives, toys… The problem for some with traditional homemade play dough is that it’s main ingredient is wheat flour ....more

IEP times two

Yesterday was our very first set of IEP meetings....more

The scariest week

My friends, I am so grateful for the online community! ...more

Goodbye, Forever Part 3

It’s supposed to be another scorcher back home in Portland, but here in Brookpark, OH, the gloom and drizzle match my mood. Today is the last day I have with my Tante Lucy. Forever ....more