Getting a call from the teacher

During our parent-teacher conference with my son's teacher, my husband and I did our best to ask the questions we had about homework, behavior, areas of improvement and strengths to develop for our son. (We did not ask about the brightly colored emails.) We did make sure that she knew that if there were any problems, we wanted to know about them....more

The words that are off-limits

When my son was in preschool, he came home with the announcement that one of his friends got in trouble at school for saying a bad word. As nonchalantly as I could, I asked what the bad word was. As quietly as possible, he said, "hate."...more

What do you mean "lockdown"?

My son came home from school talking about how they had a lockdown drill. I didn't know what that was. He explained the procedure they followed to lock themselves in a classroom and to stay out of sight "in case a burglar or bad person" came into the school....more

What do you know about Learning Styles?

We all know that each person has different abilities, skills and of course, learning ways; also related to "multiple intelligences".  ...more

10 Tips on Being a Young Mother in College

Being a parent is hard…and it’s even harder when you’re a young college student! Not only are you stressed about finding the time to study, you’re also stressed about when you have time to work, clean the house, and spend quality time with your friends and family. If you’re a single parent, multiply all that by two and life can get pretty crazy.I’m a 21 year old college student and mother of a wonderful, spunky two year old daughter. As I have recently separated from her dad, I am currently trying to figure out how to coordinate between three different schedules and still find time to focus on school, work, and relaxation. So, if you’re in a similar situation, tune into these tips for a smoother, less stressful lifestyle that works for everyone in your family....more

Getting to know your child's teacher

This year, I am going to be better prepared. In Kindergarten, I wasn't fully involved in the one (and only) parent-teacher conference I had with my son's teacher. I (somewhat naively) thought we would have more than one conference. But we didn't. And I missed my chance....more

8 Things Your Child Needs to Hear Today for a Great School Year

Whether it’s your child's first day of Kindergarten, or last day of high school, we’ve been there and we know how scary it can be.  We also know everything will be fine, right? Tell her to keep her head high, follow this advice and sky’s the limit:Tell Her to be Brave...more

Redesigning the school year

My son has caught me in a technicality. The problem is that I told him camp lasted all summer but he knows that summer lasts through most of September. I failed to tell him the difference between "school summer" and "seasonal summer."...more

I am not interested in doing homework

The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school. He frowned at me....more

You gotta know when to push them (part 2)

On Monday, I shared some of the ways that I push my son so he learns about money and doesn't give up on trying new things. And that is all fine and dandy. But the real challenge for me will be pushing him academically without become a crazy, overbearing Mom in the process....more