Sometimes I Lose Perspective, but My Kids Love Me Anyway

Perspective

Last week my daughter got her report card, got her standardized test scores back, and registered for next year’s classes. Last week one of us had a stellar week – it wasn’t me. I knew I had completely lost it when my daughter looked at me and said, “don’t […]

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Do You Know About 13 Reasons Why?

13 Reasons Why

Last week a bright, inquisitive 12-year-old girl stood at my desk and breathlessly told me how she had read 13 Reasons Why over the weekend, and that she loved it, and that she thought it had a powerful message. My heart sank. I asked her about the message […]

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No Takeout Recipes for the Crazy Busy End of the School Year

No takeout recipes

Seven more weeks of school, and our kids think they’re the ones who have it rough. Ha! We’re the ones who have it rough. We’re the ones who still have to cook dinners. The kind of dinners that can be eaten any time between 4pm-9pm. The kind of […]

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Life Lessons from the Supreme Court Justices

Supreme Court

My oldest son will be going to law school next year, and I’m thrilled. It has been a dream of his since the 8th grade when his civics class performed a mock trial. For Chris, there was nothing “mock” about it. For that assignment, he actually did his […]

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Go Ahead and Change Schools

Change Schools

When my oldest son was 10 years old, he attended an over-crowded school that substituted the state testing standards for a curriculum. Recess was not guaranteed, and PE was once a week. It was an oppressive environment, and he came home like a caged animal every day. Then […]

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The Things I Want You to Know When Boys Arrive on the Scene

boys

Boys are on the scene at my house. Not my boys, other peoples’ boys. The kind of boys that 12-year-old girls notice, and talk about, and giggle over. Those kind of boys. I know all about this from the boy side, but this is my first time with […]

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Smart vs The Report Card

School Report Card

My daughter came home with her school report card and announced that she is “smart”. Now, you might think I would count that as a victory, but I didn’t because I never let her brothers get away with the opposite – which is that a bad report card […]

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Help Your Kids to Read More Books

Kids read books

” I do not read enough books, and my kids do not read enough books. I’ve had that nagging thought forever – like basically since my kids were born, but now it’s more than a nag it’s a conviction. In December, I attended a reading workshop that was […]

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How to Get a (Sorta) Clean House

Cleaning house

This post is from last year, but it bears repeating. This fun system makes cleaning the house painless and fun every single time. Now I just have to remind my kids… Let’s face it.  The house has to be cleaned – even though we are on break, even though […]

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The Refreshing Christmas Break Plan

Christmas Break Plan

It is oh-so-tempting to walk in the door, dump the backpacks on the floor, and not think about school again until “next year”. The reality, though, is that next year is only a few weeks away, and if we aren’t careful our kids will head back to school […]

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