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 inspirational […]

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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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The Perfect Christmas Morning…for Me

Christmas Morning

My Santa Baby has it easy. No sables, yachts, or rings for me – just a good book is all I need to keep me an angel all year. On Christmas morning after we have opened gifts and had our traditional French Toast Casserole for breakfast, instead of sighing at […]

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How to Search for a College While Still in Your Pajamas

College Search

There was a point in my oldest son’s college search when he was basing his choice on the university’s home football schedule.   He spent the summer before his senior year on YouTube watching college football tradition videos and periodically saying “Hey Mom, this is cool – come watch […]

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Where Are You Applying to College?

Applying to College

Don’t ever ask a high school senior (or his mother) where he is applying to college. Just don’t. I’ve been through three senior years, so far, which means that I’ve been asked this question at least a million times. Since I try hard to overcome my lower nature, […]

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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

Bad test grade

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. The one thing they cannot avoid, though, is having to turn […]

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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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