When Did Valentine’s Day Become a Kid Thing?

I sat in front of my computer, with my son standing to my right. We scrolled through Pinterest looking for Valentine’s Day printables. It was a few days before February 14, and word had gone out from the teachers at his school that valentine cards ...more

Confessions of a Reformed Pinterest Mom on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine's Day, which means that somewhere out there thousands of moms are frantically searching Pinterest for the perfect Valentine’s Day inspiration. They are making glittery Valentine’s Day slime, creating Valentine’s Day robot craft ...more

9 Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

I'm always on a hunt for more time to spend with family, do the laundry, read a great book, sleep, and many of my friends feel the same way. Just last week I had a conversation with a friend about how we'd like 30-hour days -- with everyone else ...more

Should Childcare Providers Be the Experts in Everything?

With more and more states requiring childcare providers to fill roles they were never trained to fill, providers are struggling to provide a well-rounded set of child development services. As providers most of us never went to college for a degree in ...more

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three ...more

Do I Have to Celebrate My Daughter's Feeding Tube?

February 7th to 13th is Feeding Tube Awareness Week. While I respect the Feeding Tube Awareness organization, especially its outreach to parents, I have mixed feelings about the awareness week. ...more

The Bra's Lament

I'm certain we didn’t start out like this. You were so excited. You liked my tiny rose in the middle, a minor decoration, but detail enough. A little embellishment to hide under your clothes. You liked that I was simple and comfortable. I liked your curves and of course, your taste. You took me home and unwrapped me from the fine tissue paper. Caressed me. We studied in the mirror together how we complemented each other. ...more
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My Kids Keep Asking For a Pet (Spoiler Alert: Nope.)

I have two boys, they are 9 and 11, and they have finally put their foot with insisting their need for a pet. They’ve begged, they’ve pleaded, they’ve promised me the moon and the stars if only I will get them a pet. The thing is, I have a strong dislike of animals. ...more
This is hilarious and the wisest approach yet to that whole pet discussion. I have 3 boys and ...more

Dollar Store Teacher Hack: Numeracy Cups

Classroom and homeschool budgets call for Dollar Store Teacher Hacks! We all know hands-on materials work best, so here at The Classroom Creative, we are thrilled to introduce a new series of ideas to help you refresh your classroom materials on a dime! ...more

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The Valentine's Party

When I was about 8 years old my parents lost all their money. That was the way I understood it. I know it was more complicated than that now ....more

Birth du Soleil: Out of Womb

She gave birth to a towheaded baby boy at 11:50 p.m.  Nine pounds, eight ounces and twenty-two inches long.  Nothing else interesting happened at all.  The end.Except…...more

I Carry the Weight of Other People’s Sick Children

 The IV bag hangs from a plastic seahorse suspended on a steel pole. A life-saving poison slowly drips through the plastic tube into the thin, fragile vein of a 4-year-old girl. Her face is swollen, her hair is merely a cap of fuzz, but her smile is electric. Today her anesthesia comes in the form of laughter courtesy of Looney Lenny the Clown. He calls the little girl “SofaHead” (rather than Sofia) and has seen her almost weekly for the last two years, from her initial cancer diagnosis....more

7-Quick Takes

Join the other Quicktakers at This Ain't the Lyceum 1. ...more

EASY Homemade Valentines For the Non-Pinteresty Mom

This is my first year with a kid in school. Well, he’s actually only in preschool. BUT they celebrate all the holidays! ...more

Why Raising Twins is Awesome

Twins bring with them a whole new set of parenting challenges. Sometimes the double diapering, endless sleepless nights, and tandem crying can seem hard to bear. But alongside the hardships are countless moments that fill your heart with joy. These are like small treasures found along a steep and rocky path. They make you want to keep on going, even though the journey may be hard....more

#Black Hair + Books: “Dreads”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Beautiful book, beautiful style. Did you think I’d run out of books for my “books about Black hair challenge?” Oh no, cornrow! I’m just getting started ....more