"Can you buy this (insert item here) for me?" My answer to this common shopping question changes depending on the item, the store or my mood. The goal, today and everyday, is to buy only the items on my...
One of my favorite quotes says, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” by the Dalai Lama.  As a teacher, I do believe traditional education is essential. Our students need reading and writing skills. They need to be problem...
  It can be quite confusing if your happy-go-lucky child suddenly begins behaving differently in public than at home. He might become withdrawn even when you know he’s had a terrific time at a friend’s house. She is reluctant to...
I have learned so much from the pandemic. Parenting is as unique as a fingerprint. There is no one golden way to parent. And if 2020 didn’t show us that, I don’t know what will. We are all trying...
There are many ideas about allowance.  Some parents refuse to give kids an allowance because they are supposed to provide for the kids. Other parents just give a weekly amount of money for the kid to spend. Others will...
October isn’t just about fall colors, PSL, or Halloween, it is also credit awareness month! While you may think your kids are possibly nowhere near ready to get a credit card or apply for credit, the time when...
My husband and I recently joked about not being invited very many places. The conversation kind of went like this, “Hey, remember when we were first married and we used to get invited places all the time?” “Oh man,...
I don’t mean to brag, but my parents are the best grandparents. Why? Because they give their grandchildren one gift. Time. Time is such a simple thing. Something we parents tend to gripe a lot about. It seems like there’s never...
I’m a super planner so I’ve always got emergency diapers and clothes in the car; I over-pack the diaper bag with activities to keep my nearly 2-year-olds entertained if we actually go out to dinner; I pull the tabs...
Because I am an English teacher, I'm always encouraging children to read. Parents ask me time and again “How can I get my kid to read?” When it comes to encouraging children to read over the summer, my answer is...

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