When I was asked by the good people at Right Decisions, Right Now and We Are Teachers to share information about teens and smoking with my readers, I shook my head in disbelief.
Kids are really still smoking?
Is cigarette smoking still a thing in 2017?
Which kid are really pressuring others to try smoking?
My kids better not ever try smoking.
Heck, my kids' friends better not pressure them into anything.
But really--smoking is indeed still a thing, and young people between the ages of … Read More...
Teacher Appreciation gifts can sometimes break the bank, and I know that can be hard.
But being a teacher myself, I can tell you that really, sometimes simple and heartfelt is a much better way to go. Teachers appreciate hearing 'thank you' any day of the week. Really and truly.
Having three kids in school and about a million teachers to recognize, I know it can also get super expensive to give gifts to these important people in your children's lives.
Here's a sweet and … Read More...
When I was first asked by my friends at WeAreTeachers and Wonder Workshop to look at Dash and Dot, I never imagined that we would fall quite so hard for these two little, blue robots.
As tiny and unassuming as Dash and Dot are, I really thought that they'd be no big deal--just another beeping, flashing something that my kids would play with for a few days and then drop like an old Micky D's Happy Meal toy.
Dash and Dot robots are seriously awesome.
These robots teach kids … Read More...
You know that I am obsessed with continuing the learning for my kids over the summer, right?
Every, single spring I do a little happy dance, just knowing that summer is around the corner and that I get to have Maddy, Owen, and Cora to myself every, single day. I love it.
And I love having a ton of fun ways to keep my kids reading, thinking, creating, and playing with numbers during the long summer months. Anything to avoid the summer slide. Really and truly.
This … Read More...
Originally published on April 2, 2013, but republished today because it totally rocks.
Kids need to learn the letters of the alphabet.
And even if we play with the letters for ten minutes a day, it adds up--and before we know it, our kids will be ready for success in reading and in school.
It's a perfect time of the year to throw in some sneaky before-nap or after naptime learning for our little ones, and though I know finding time can often be difficult, here's an easy one for you: … Read More...
Last month, Cora and I were flown out to Los Angeles for a press junket for Gifted, the new movie starring Chris Evans (, Mckenna Grace, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate, and Lindsay Duncan.
The movie, the actors, the interviews, and the whole experience were amazing.
Let me cut to the chase, friends. I have information for you. I know you're busy.
So you want to know:
Should you see the movie or not?
Should you spend you money on it?
Should you use your Sunday afternoon or … Read More...
Easter means egg hunts, candy, and plastic grass in bright baskets, right?
Well what if you want to use this holiday as a time to sneak in a little reading for your kids?
What books are must-have's for Easter baskets?
I have done all the hard work for you, friends, and I have your answer here. First, I'll tell you which books you should have for the little guys, and then I'll tell you which books you should grab for the bigger guys.
Here's the skinny. . .
Must-Have … Read More...
When I was asked by the great folks at WeAreTeachers to take a minute to check out fit4Schools, I was thrilled.
But I was skeptical. fit4Schools actually seemed too good to be true.
A site designed to empower children and families to make healthy lifestyle choices a habit? Yes please.
A fitcalendar with a fun activity to get kids moving every, single day? How awesome?
Free lesson plans for teachers, designed to Captivate, Educate, and Activate learning on different … Read More...
Even though our lives have changed quite a bit since I started this blog seven years ago, one thing has remained the same: we love to rock it out for holidays.
Even big kids like to rock it out for the holidays.
So this year, I decided to kick up our traditional St. Patty's Day Scavenger Hunt just a wee bit.
My kids are quick, and they're smart. So our Scavenger Hunt needs to be tricky and engaging to keep them interested--or at least to stretch our hunt a bit … Read More...
March is the time to really celebrate reading, my friends!
Especially this year, now that I'm back in the classroom, I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing reading. And I'm ready to bring you into the mix, too. So buckle up.
The more we talk about reading, think about reading, and get excited about reading, the better. Believe me, the more reading we do as parents and educators, the more our kids will want to read. Promise.
So this year, I've teamed up with my sweet and … Read More...