families who care: small acts of kindness make a really big difference #everydaycare

Recently I shared a few ways that family members can show each other...more

Raising a Rock-Star Reader: sneak peek and pre-order!

I cannot even BELIEVE that today is here, friends, but it is. I have co-written a book–a lifelong dream of mine–and to say I am excited is an understatement. I am completely and totally thrilled ....more

8 things all kids must hear their parents say

You guys, I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: this parenting gig is hard. I mean hard. Yes, it’s the most awesome thing I’ve ever done, and every day I’m grateful for my three kids, but man ....more

Norse Mythology 101: prep and background for reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

My kids seem to have a stronger understanding of Greek mythology thanks to their devouring of the Percy Jackson series. And thanks to the amazing and incredible Greek Heroes and Greek Gods books, by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco which the kids absolutely adore. But with Rick Riordan’s new trilogy coming out which is based on Norse mythology, I think my kids will be really confused ....more

littleBits: the perfect toy for curious, creative kids

Are your kids into LEGOs? Are they into blocks? Do your kids totally love Minecraft? ...more

win at the family game: getting past the fights and mess

Confession: I often feel overwhelmed when I look at the mess in our house. Confession: Many days, I feel like a failure as a...more

show your kids how to study: 5 easy ways

One thing I have come to realize, after years of teaching and tutoring, is that kids really don’t know how to study. We may tell them to study before a test or quiz, but that doesn’t mean they know what that really means. Their teachers remind them to study, but that doesn’t mean that kids really will ....more

tween birthday gifts: our top 5 picks for girls

After reading this post, I promise you’ll have gifts covered for the next ten birthday parties for the tween girls in your life. Seriously. Buy two of each of these sets, and birthdays will be covered ....more

fire prevention week: best resources for home and school

Sometimes I think that just because my kids are in elementary and middle school that I don’t have to go over...more