That test might not be as bad as you think!

So, what happens when one of my children comes home with a disappointing grade?  First they get a hug, some understanding, and then we look at the test.  Just a few weeks ago, I helped my 6th grade daughter study for her science test.  She went to school […]

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Begin By Decluttering The Backpack


This is the time of year when reality sets in. The first test grades, missing homework, due dates looming, and you are wondering if you allowed/encouraged your child to do too many after school activities.  Stress is mounting and anxiety is taking over.  Just what you were hoping to […]

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Why I Made The Capable Student

When it came to my kids’ grades, I’m embarrassed to admit that I was a nagging mom…and a yelling mom…and a bribing mom…and a threatening, disappointed, frustrated mom.  I was sometimes even an ecstatic mom, and these different versions of me could materialize all in the same week, […]

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A Good Homework Routine

A good homework routine

During our first 12 years of marriage, my husband and I moved six times. I got good at the logistics of moving, but even so, I found it exhausting. The exhaustion came not so much from the work of moving, but from the amount of thought and decision […]

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Can this school year be different?

I’ve been there. The pit in your stomach.  The one that says the school year is here, and I’m anxious. Why? Because, to be perfectly honest, my children aren’t the best students.  For moms with kids who aren’t good at doing school, the school year means stressful schedules, […]

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Ditch the Schedule and Have a Routine


I’m a shrew when we are running late and off schedule. I snap orders, my kids get stressed, and we all end up a bickering mess. Not very pleasant, I know. My dog, however, doesn’t have these issues. When we are running late and rushing around like maniacs, […]

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Summer Reading Unfinished?

There is something nagging at you.  It’s lurking there under the happy relaxation of summer pool time.  What is that nagging feeling all about?!?!?!  Oh! Ugh!  It’s your kids’ summer reading assignments.  Your kids haven’t finished their summer reading yet. In fact, you are pretty sure the books […]

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Be Your Child’s Tutor and End Homework Drama

Child's tutor

Our kids are under a lot of pressure in school.  Much more pressure than we ever were.  You might be surprised to know that part of the pressure our kids feel is the number of their classmates who have a tutor in one or more subjects at school. Consider […]

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