How to Keep Your Child Learning in the Summer

“We won’t have any more homework for the rest of the year,” my five-year-old announced after Memorial Day.I was shocked. I had hoped they wouldn’t start getting ready for summer so soon. That’s when I realized “summer brain drain” is a real thing....more

Expecting your children to make the grade

As mentioned before in this blog, my Mom told me that my job was to be a good student. She expected me to make excellent grades, and she was clear on her expectations. (Not Tiger Mother level of expectations, but her point was clear.) She told me I was smart; I believed her; I did well in school....more

What are your demands?

As a young teen, I once asked my Mom if I could get an after-school job. Her reply was: "Your job is to be a good student." So I tried my best to do a good job and balance my school work with all the other chores I did around the house....more
I did that with my son. When he finally had to get a job after High School, he had a super hard ...more

The questions around homework

I have some memories of doing my homework when I was little: The phonics workbooks at the small table in the kitchen while my mother cooked; math homework with a friend where we didn't understand what we were doing and later found out we did the homework completely wrong; studying spelling words alone at my desk in my bedroom (that last one never worked out for me)....more

To My Stressed-Out Student Who Wants to Give Up

Dear Daughter:Please don’t give up. Don’t drop out of the race early. Don’t quit when the finish line is in sight. You’re almost there. You can do it. You won’t regret giving it your all, all the way to the end, but you might regret it if you don’t. I know you’re tired. I know you’re discouraged and fed up. I know you’re sick to death of studying those notes. I know you don’t care what “passive transport” is. And you’re right: you are never going to have to solve a quadratic equation in “real life.”...more

Mom brings home the bacon. (And the milk.)

My son was six weeks old when I returned to work. And I had the same thought every day when I dropped him off at day care:...more

Exam season: How can I help my teenager (and me!) survive?

Help, it's exam season again!  As the mother of twin teenage girls, I'm feeling the pressure.  If I ask for help stacking the dishwasher, or suggest tidying bedrooms, I am met with a flood of hysterical complaints that I don't understand what it's like to have so much to do.  And yet they still have time for Tumblr and Facebook, it seems....more

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

Bullying in Primary School & the Role of the Teacher

If your child has been bullied at school, or if you've noticed their behaviour and personality has changed, take the time to consider how the teacher regards your child and whether he or she is taking action to investigate the dynamics in the classroom. It can make the world of difference to your child, as I discovered with my own daughter's experiences....more


plans are on the go. About 3 weeks in British Columbia and I can't wait. So it's triple time on getting this course finished or at least up until the final project, which is not due until April 24th. I really do not want to do any school work on vacation, but who knows. Why didn't I wait until the end of April, you may ask? Well I don't want to travel when it's getting too warm, I detest the heat. I don't want to travel when the place will be even busier with tourists. Getting accommodations that I like and that are close to town, will be harder and more expensive....more