Learning like Mommy does

When I was little, I was one of those nerdy kids who really liked school. (Shocking, I know.) I loved my teachers, I liked to learn new things and I even played school on the weekends....more

Seven hours of sleep at night

It's 10 pm; the house is quiet. I double-check the locks on all the doors and go room-by-room, turning off the lights. The dishwasher is humming, the cat is following me, and there is a slight glow at the top of the stairs from our hallway nightlight. I slowly push back the door to my son's room to check on him. (I cherish the way he looks in slumber with one hand up by his face and an arm wrapped around his favorite stuffed animal.) I sneak into his room silently to find him sitting up at the side of the bed....more

Learning To Leap {Jobs}

Leaping is not something that’s easily attainable for those of us that move out of fear, trepidation, or paralysis. It’s hard to coax our bodies to move forward when our minds want to do anything and everything but just that. It’s hard when the thing ahead of you is the unknown. It’s hard when it’s something you’ve never experienced before or aren’t sure of the end result. But that’s life....more

Expanding Horizons - Learning Family Style

Every parent worries about their child’s education. We all want to know if our child is headed for a better life than the one we have. We want the very best for them. We hope they will be able to find a career they love, be promoted to CEO and have the perfect wife and lots of grandkids for us to love on....more

My teenager is learning how to drive and he’s judging us. With good reason.

This post is brought to you by a recent Facebook status update where I mentioned that I was taking my son driving.To follow-up, we didn’t end up driving that day because of the weather. To be perfectly honest, I felt relieved. Then I felt guilty for feeling relieved. (Why? Because I’m a mom and I do guilty like a ninja.)If you have teenagers that are learning how to drive, the following statement will resonate with you (and your accelerated heart rate):...more

How to Handle the Truth: And Other Emotional Conflict

Has there ever been a time in your life when you discovered that your interpretation of an event was completely opposite of another person’s interpretation of that very same event? We could easily apply this to political discussions, friendships, family members, partners, work relations, etc. It can be one of the more frustrating conversations you have with another person. That frustration can even be heightened if you hear the opposing side from a third party, or what we like to call behind our back gossip. Being misunderstood can hit at the very core of our self-image....more

University tries out "walking" seminars to boost learning

Leave it to Sweden to try a healthy, mature approach to learning!When the computer science faculty was challenged to increase physical activity, a professor at KTH Royal Instiute of Technology in Stockholm decided to try a "walking seminar."Professor Olle Balter began with 10 students, who he taught media technology as they walked through a wooded park near campus. He said he immediately noticed a difference in participation, especially when the class was split into smaller groups....more

Tips on encouraging your mini Picasso

Want to encourage your kids to be creative but not sure how? This week art teacher Aki Berry shares her teaching techniques, ways to improve your kids skills and get them to really enjoy making art!Hi! I’m Aki. Before having my kids, I taught art to a bunch of little ones, all different ages from Kindergarten to fifth grade. I had a great time getting to know my students and bonding with them. ...more