5 Reasons to Use a Timer for Homework


The timer in my kitchen has seen a lot of living.   It has timed to perfection a lot of great meals, of course, but its real use is to motivate my kids and me to get moving and stay focused. We play beat the clock a lot – 5 minutes […]

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We Elect to Watch a Movie

movie choices

Do I wish things were better this year? Yes. My husband and I wish it was a better election.  Usually, we make a big deal about voting. It’s our privilege and responsibility as Americans to vote, and we have always wanted our kids to see it that way. This […]

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Keep Calm and Look at the Test


Patience is a virtue, and sadly for my children, not one of the virtues I’ve been blessed with. They have gotten really good over the years at figuring out what my triggers are and then avoiding them at all cost. The one thing they cannot avoid, though, is […]

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I left my kids in carpool…and I’d do it again.

Left kids in carpool

I had been sitting in a hot August afternoon carpool for 27 minutes, watching – watching other moms sitting in carpool, watching the post-practice huddle, watching those other moms’ kids trickling down the sidewalk to waiting cars, watching the clock, watching for my two oldest sons to emerge […]

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The Fall Recipes in My Rotation

Fall Recipes

I used to live in a cute little town complete with a Main Street and a prestigious (enough) university.  The university was important because it ensured that the town had excellent pizza, plus enough nice restaurants to accommodate the periodic influx of visiting parents who wanted a restaurant […]

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A Calm, Orderly School Morning

A calm, orderly school morning

Unfortunately, I know what it feels like to drive my kids to school in the morning while still wearing my pajamas. Unfortunately, my kids know what it feels like to have their pajama wearing mother yell at them the entire way to school.   Let’s just say I’m not […]

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It Doesn’t Have to Stay on the Screen

Digital School

This year my 7th grade daughter has e-textbooks, Google classrooms, and digital notebooks. This is the year that she learns to manage her schoolwork in the digital world. She’s thrilled, but I see a year fraught with learning peril. You can’t blame me; it seems that every time […]

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Do you do all the talking?

college orientation

I was glad I wasn’t up to the blow dry yet because the scene I was witnessing was too crazy to not be able to overhear. A mother had accompanied her soon-to-be-college freshman son to the beauty salon, went with him to the stylist’s chair, and proceeded to tell the […]

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To do or not to do?

Busy Kids

“Is that all?” That’s what the mom said after she asked my daughter what activities she participated in after school. My daughter gave her the list of activities, and the mom looked at me dumbfounded and said, “Is that all?” Well, yes, that was all, and it was […]

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Summer Movies Weekend Binge

Best Movies for Summer

I’m sick of sweating, I’m sick of frizzy hair, and I’m really sick of seeing people in clothes they shouldn’t be wearing in public…or at home…or ever. If you, like me, are tired of pretending to enjoy all this heat and sun, then I liberate you. Turn down […]

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