Leaving the cereal on the shelf

I ate breakfast every morning when I was little - oatmeal in the winter, cereal in the warmer months, pancakes or waffles on the weekends. Breakfast was, after all, the most important meal of the day. I probably needed that meal to sustain me as the nuns were not going to let us eat again until lunch at 12:30. ...more

Teacher Appreciation Week

VIAI have been blessed with amazing teachers throughout my life....more

The way we view failure

My son walked in while I was getting ready for work and said, "Mommy, I have some questions about ancient Egypt that I would like to talk about." Of course he does....more

Returning to pen and paper

I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down....more

Not your grandma's school

Going back to school can be daunting enough without the guilt of taking time away from family. I asked my 6 year old what she thought about mommy being in school, and turns out she focused on the perks, like taking the elevator in the library to visit me and eating Doritos with dad while I worked late....more

April's September

For everyone outside of education, January starts the new year. But as parents, teachers, and students -- fresh starts are made each September. With this being my first blog post, albeit April, it feels like fall. A little scary, a little exciting, and worth celebrating with a new pair of boots!...more

High School Drop Out to Grad School Drop Out

School has always been a huge part of my life. My mom was a preschool teacher as I was growing up. The importance of an education was stressed so much in my household. If I came home with anything less than an A, I knew I'd be met with disappointment. So, when I dropped out of high school, I never really heard the end of it.How was I going to support myself without an education? How was I going to find a well-paying job without some kind of diploma?! What was I going to do - live with my mom the rest of my life?! That’s it. I'd fucked up. I was a failure....more

21 Questions to Ask Your Preschooler

Dear Diary, ...more

My most stressed out time as a parent is ahead of me

There are things that as a parent you can't prepare for. I like lists, so here is just a few of them:...more

Depression is a social desease

When our most recent cat was still alive, I noticed that she would come and sit with me whenever I felt sad....more