Back to School: Meeting the First Grade Teacher on Not My Best Day Ever

And then we left, fighting the tide back through the families, mothers in surgical scrubs and dads in khakis, sweaty kids with wild eyes, smiling teachers and administrators dressed to kill. My husband took my daughter, and as I walked to the car through air thick as a washcloth, I let the tears roll down my cheeks. People probably thought I was upset about her going to school, but that wasn't it, not really. ...more

If the teacher is a mother herself, she'll realize what a tough thing that is for a mom to face. ... more

(VIDEO) BlogHer10: Four Days in Four Minutes Stop-Action Movie

"Dude, this looks like a movie," she said. You totally need to make this into a movie." As she said this, I remembered watching a fantastic stop-motion video made by supremely talented photographer Casey Templeton, where he admitted taking dozens of bad shots in order to get a good one. I so get that. In fact, when I shoot, I tend to do it very quickly -- I'm constantly talking to my subject, we're joking and laughing, and all the while my finger is firing the shutter so rapidly, it sounds like I've got the camera on a sports setting. Usually, when I take portraits, people are surprised that I'm finished as quickly as I am; but really, I've taken tons of shots during that moment. ...more

Your video is beautiful! I love the fun energy of the women and the way you captured them with ... more

Tales of the Schoolyard: Can I Sit With You?

 "Can I sit with you?" Could more stress be crammed into fewer words? Though to some people this phrase means merely, “Yay, new friends,” to a lot of us it means instant school anxiety flashbacks. ...more

Shannon,

I started a blog this June called Mommy's Piggy TALES encouraging women to record ... more

Waxing, Shaving, Laser, Loose: What Do You Do About the Hair Down There?

We'll start with the problem: Hair. Sometimes ya just don't wait it in certain areas ... I've tried many different tactics to rid myself of the blasted stuff. ...more

I'm still not sure why it's there in the first place. Congrats on the baby girl!

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Sending My Son to Sleep Away Camp and Other Lessons of Parenting

A lot of hullabaloo has been made of helicopter parents and their children off attending sleep-away camp. Contraband cell phones, specially trained staff, and, God forbid, allowed e-mail communication, all in an effort to proffer parental peace of mind, have been criticized as the decline of civilization as we know it. ...more

I recently wrote a post called making time for children: all of me, part of me, none of me. ... more

Seven Tips for Better Photography This Summer

[Editor's note: Here's a post from last year by Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks and Own Your Beauty -- they're such good tips from such an amazing photographer that I had to re-feature them in this Month of Photo Tips. -- Julie] ...more

I love a beautiful photograph, but always settled for snapshots.

I just bought my first DSLR ... more

"The 10 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make" - Seriously? Seriously??!

If I had to make a list of the things that I'm most intolerant of, I'd put fear mongering up there near the top. I'm not a fan of advertisements, public service announcements, campaigns, TV shows, articles or blog posts that use fear to push their agenda. Which is why when I read the Lifescript post Top 10 Mistakes Even Smart Moms Make, I was more than a little upset. ...more

It sure seems to me that the person who has written this list has NOT been a mother. There are ... more

The $100 Question: Tell Jenny From Three Kid Circus About Your Best Teacher Gift Ideas

Welcome to The $100 Question, where fellow BlogHers are asking questions ... and every answer could be worth one hundred dollars! ...more

I taught for 6 years and my favorite was gift cards and just plain card from my students.

I ... more

Are Bloggers Hypocrites When the Comments Start Pouring In?

Well I don't know about other bloggers, but I am sure feeling like one. I've felt the hypocrisy creeping in as my blog grows but my hours in the day do not. The transition into this new stage of blogging is causing me some stress so I thought, why not blog about it? ...more

Thank you Tola. I agree.

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Are Bloggers Hypocrites When the Comments Start Pouring In?

Well I don't know about other bloggers, but I am sure feeling like one. I've felt the hypocrisy creeping in as my blog grows but my hours in the day do not. The transition into this new stage of blogging is causing me some stress so I thought, why not blog about it? ...more

I'm honored to hear you made it through comment registration hell to comment:) And honored that ... more