Summer Thinking

As summer winds down I am thinking about school.  Not Dylan beginning kindergarten or Liam starting a new preschool or Tristan and his transition back to school.  These days I am sitting by the pool watching my three children dive under water  and spending some brain energy on a spring meeting I attended on inclusion and how-to create a more inclusive community for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)....more

Beat the Bell: 10 Tips to Get Your School-Aged Kids Out the Door on Time

I'm not going to sugar-coat it; getting four kids up and out the door for school is a royal pain.  Especially so when I have to be at work in the morning, too, and can't do the drop-off in my pj pants, coat, and pontyail, coffee cup in my non-driving hand.  ...more
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Does back to school mean back to meds for kids with ADHD?

(Sept. is National ADHD Awareness Month. The following is a good article - used with permission from LearningRx):As 56 million American kids prepare to flood back to school, for many parents it’s time to focus on the tough question, “What will we do about his ADHD this year?”Three to five percent of our children suffer from ADHD according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Many of them take a “holiday” from the symptom-controlling drugs over the summer, so now it’s time for parents to revisit the dilemma: “To medicate or not to medicate?”...more


A few mom friends and I took our kids to the pool yesterday, and while the kids alternately whined, begged for sodas, and occasionally got into the pool (mind you, these are all school-aged kids, grades 1 & up, not toddlers who you might be able to argue are entitled to a little whining around naptime) we moms got talking. Mostly we whined, too. Was it our naptime? I think so. But the consensus, the thesis of our whining was the same, even though we each had different complaints, different issues. We're feeling depleted....more

'Twas the Night Before School Starts

'Twas the night before school started and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse (thankfully). The backpacks were hung on the laundry room hooks, They would soon be loaded down with papers and books. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of homework danced in their heads. And Da...more

School Of What If

They're baaaaack!    Rumbling through the neighborhood, with little faces pressed against the glass and tiny hands waving good-byes, the school bus is back.  Must be the first day of school.  And, oh what a day it is.  One day with weeks of preparation and hype leading up to it.  Lots of money spent in honor of it.  It's Christmas without any presents.    ...more

Great Lunchbox Ideas for the 2010-2011 School Year

One of the sessions at BlogHer10 focused on making foodies of every member of the family. Led by Stefania Pomponi Butler from CityMama, Sarah Caron from Sarah's Cucina Bella and Danielle Wiley from Foodmomiac, at one point, the conversation turned to lunchbox options. Though Biggie’s Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento was mentioned specifically, there are a number of other sources for great school lunches to carry parents and kids through the next school year. ...more

Giovanna, thanks for pointing people toward even more tips!

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Why kindergarteners may be misdiagnosed with ADHD short version? The youngest kids in their kindergarten class are twice as likely to be on stimulant meds because their maturity level is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. ...more

Support Me in My Big Life Adventure

I just got back from a spiritually and physically renewing vacation. The days leading up to this vacation were chaotic and stressful. I had a huge financial and personal decision to make about my future, and add that to covering two jobs at work - 2 stressful jobs - I was frazzled, and on the brink of emotional self destruction. I think it is so important that women find ways to renew themselves. We juggle being career women, mothers, and caregivers to friends and families. All that we give of ourselves sometimes can start to take its toll and if we do not have systems in place to rebuild and regroup, then we will start to feel just the way I felt just before my trip. ...more

Changes in Latitude.... Changes in Attitude

No, I did not recently attend a Jimmy Buffet concert. Just a stinking saying that plopped into my head when I sat down to start writing this. It does fit considering changes have occurred upon moving to a new location.Well, we're getting settled into our new house here in Auburn sans furniture, just fine. Thank God someone left their small kitchen table and chairs behind or we'd be eating dinner on our new hardwood floors and we all know just how lovely it can be scraping spilt spaghetti sauce on those floors. Especially if it's dried.... ewwwww!...more