Teach What You Know & Create a Thriving Side Hustle

You may or may not know that the US Postal Service is now in the grocery delivery business. Yes, they have been given approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission for a two-year grocery delivery test in San Francisco, CA.You also may or may not know that the US Postal Service works as subcontractors for Fed-Ex and UPS. Yes, USPS delivers more than two million packages a day for the two other shipping giants.What does that tell you?...more


Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do?I said, ” I want to save the world!” BY AUTHOR MELINDATRIPP ON JUNE 3, 2012 So when I am shot down by a young pack of mommys at a bridal shower, I wonder, what now? If I cannot convince moms that they can indeed teach their children safety skills, that those empowered kids could be a gang of fun-loving group of  safe kids playing kickball outside, then why am I doing this? These moms swore their children, even in agroup, will not be allowed to play outside, then I say, you need to read, it is possible to overcome fear, by educating not ...more
Well, you have my attention, and I am willing to listen. Once a young mommy, I lived in great ...more

Tell, save another........

Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do?Patty’s story……why at 90 years old, she decided to tell BY AUTHOR MELINDATRIPP Many years ago, back in 1921, in a nice quiet neighborhood in Minneapolis, Patty, just five years old,was molested, by her friend’s father. She never went back to play and she never told. she want children to be empowered to tel! Patty shares her story, in her own words in What Should You Do? Helping Children Protect Themselves in the Twenty-First Century, Tate Publishing 2010 CHILDRENKIDSPARENTINGPARENTING A SAFE CHILDTEACHSAFETYUNCATEGORIZED ...more

KIDS, TEACH THEM THE DRILL! Yep, the safety drill!

Melinda Reynolds Tripp Author of What Should You Do? EMERGENCY DRILLS? Not just for fires any more....... REALLY? Won’t it just scare them……? Not if you do a good job.  That goes for teaching any safety lesson....more

Supposed to, should and if. Shakira- Waka Waka

Here's my situation: My son's foot is broken.I'm supposed to elevate it but we have no pillows, couch or furniture in general do to so with.My furniture is in storage but I can't get it out. No money.We spent last night in the ER which practically drove me to a panic attack. My car's brakes don't exist.I'm supposed to fix them but have no money to do it.I've been driving around with grinding and jerking for the last two weeks. My car is out of gas....more

Let's Bring Physical Education to the Classroom

My child took her reading classes in a closet.  They moved aside the boxes (they couldn't remove them because there was no where else to put them, so they stacked them up against the walls) and brought in a little table and tiny chairs, and that closet was where she went for her reading group. Fun....more

What had happened was...

Recently, and not entirely of my own free will, I gave up teaching.  In essence, this is not a long-term goal.  Not yet, anyway.  I was offered a few positions as a teacher's aide, after having taught in a classroom of my own for the past five years.  Needless to say, I wasn't terribly thrilled to take a giant pay cut and be bossed around by someone who would have been my peer.  As it turns out, the need for classroom English teachers is not very high in this area these days.  ...more

Do you think teachers should have the room to integrate their educational philosophy into the classroom?

I remember in my Master's program we had many discussions about the idea of an "educational philosophy". Earlier classes were idealistic: what do you believe, want your students to achieve, how do you think students should be taught, how can your unique experiences shape a child's future? This was one of the most stimulating conversations and exciting projects in my education, as I really got to learn something about my classmates and what drove them to teach, and reflect on my own background as I created goals for my classroom. ...more

I'm Coming Out!

Let’s consider this my ‘coming out’ blog! It’s my first time and I’m so excited! I have no idea what I’m doing, so I’ll leave it in your capable hands to teach me, if you are up for the challenge. I’ve read only a few things about blogging and couldn’t stand to read any more. I learn best by getting my hands dirty. ...more

Teach a Man to Fish

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” But, what if you yourself are not a “fisherman?” What if you have never had to "fish" for your survival? Let that not stop you from sharing what you have. Let no one tell you what you have to share is not enough to sustain another. ...more