3 Homework Hacks to Better Grades for Our Kids

Homework hacks

Please don’t tell my daughter, but I do think she has it kinda tough. Not like working-in-a-salt-mine tough or climbing-Mt. Everest tough, but your-mother-is-the-school-librarian plus she-writes-a blog-about-raising-capable-students tough. I know what it takes for a student to get excellent grades at school. For me, knowing what is needed […]

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5 Simple Steps To Take The Stress Out Of Sick Days

home sick

When my kids were younger, they loved a day or two when they could stay home sick from school. If they weren’t too sick, a day at home could be fun. It meant blankets on the couch, extra TV time, and yummy chicken soup – who wouldn’t like […]

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4 Ways to Help Your Kids Read (and enjoy) Books

kids reading

I love seeing my kids reading a book. The best is when it just happens, but usually it doesn’t just happen. Usually it requires some effort on my part, and getting them to choose a book, and then read it can be a battle. They are busy, they […]

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How We Finally Found The Best School For Our Kids

best school

When my oldest son was in the 4th grade, he had a miserable school year. We had just moved to a new state and our new house had been chosen in part due to the excellent reputation of the schools there. I had every expectation that my son […]

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The School Project Survival Guide

School Project

I have four kids. As you can imagine, I have a LOT of experience with school projects, and let me tell you, it isn’t all good. School projects and I have a checkered past. The all time low was the year my second grader had a school project […]

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I Might Be Screwing Up With Technology and My Daughter – Or Not

Daughter Technology

I just walked past the den where my 13-year-old daughter was doing her homework, and saw her with her phone in her hands and her iPad open. Ha…caught her goofing off on social media…or so I thought. When I asked her why she had her phone out, she […]

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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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It’s Never Too Late…

never too late

When I had three little boys under the age of four, I received the best parenting advice ever.  I had arrived late for my group Bible study and was frazzled, discouraged, and disappointed in myself because my boys and I had gotten our day off to a terrible […]

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My Son Hates School, but He is Going to Make It

Son Hates School

When my middle son was in the 4th grade, he came home from school with a note for me from his teacher. The note was a request for an immediate conference to discuss the fact that my son had turned in no classwork during the 3rd marking period. […]

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