It's That Time of Year Again!

I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach.School is starting and I had a dream that I couldn’t find all the forms I needed to turn in for registration.It’s the grown up take on a childhood nightmare.  You are late. You missed the test. You failed.Oh how we run from failure our whole lives…don’t we?It starts early.  It begins in school when we start getting report cards…when we start getting graded on our performance....more

I Won't Let My Kids' Report Cards Grade Me Anymore

"I'm sorry to inform you that your child is not yet reading in first grade. We are going to put him in the remedial reading group until he makes progress." We received these devastating words at Josh's first parent-teacher conference. We were still under the false notion that we are tiger parents and that our offspring was going to be a genius. We never expected this assessment from his teacher. A part of me wanted to go back to the private kindergarten we sent him and ask for a refund. We paid all that money, and Josh can't read? Are you kidding me?...more
@PandaMomConfessions No, I'm a mediocre best. But yes, I wouldn't change it and we do ...more

Are Your Kids in a Race to Nowhere?

 One of the hardest lessons to learn as a parent is to trust your instincts.  You feel something is not right with your child, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.   Is she happy? Is she under too much pressure? Is this the way it’s supposed to be? All questions you might ask yourself when you see something off in your child. But, despite the voice in your head, there is a whole host of people, from school counselors to medical doctors to your closest friends, who will tell you,  “Everything is just fine.  This is normal behavior.”...more