I am always on the hunt for super fun Halloween activities for my kids.
From the time they were teeny, we played Hats, Cats, and Pumpkin Grid Games, ABC Leaf Hunt, GHOST Bingo!, or Halloween Word Search. Anything to ring in this spooky holiday with a bit o' sneaky learning.
But as they get a little older, they've grown out of those kinda little-guy-ish games. They love the Halloween Printable Games we play at Halloween Class parties, but I also wanted something fun for them to do here at … Read More...
I realized that I was stretched too thin when I showed up for Maddy's orthodontist appointment a week early.
I realized that I was stretched too thin when I almost cried at elementary school drop-off because the other drivers weren't following the rules.
I realized that I was stretched too thin when I stopped reading in the evenings because the minute I sat down, I fell asleep.
I realized that I was stretched too thin when I double-booked myself for work calls three days in a … Read More...
Don't get angry, and please don't roll your eyes. I'm trying to help a sister out here, believe me.
I want you to check this big thing off of your list way before your kids even hit the 'hood Trick-or-Treating.
You'll be the talk of the bus stop. You'll be the envy of your bookclub. Your mom will be oh-so-proud.
After today, you can walk around the town proud, knowing that you, my dear, have ordered your holiday cards before anyone else in the universe. (Or something … Read More...
Whether you're working full-time, working part-time, working some of the time, being a working mom is not easy.
Heck, being a mom is not easy.
In fact, hands-down, being a mom is the most difficult job I have ever done--and will ever do.
I have a very clear memory of coming home one day at the end of a long day teaching high school, and saying to my husband, Let's have a baby. I am totally ready. Anything will be easier than trying to teach English to 150 9th and … Read More...
No matter the age of your children, my friends, we've got to talk to them about tough topics.
Age-appropriate, of course, but you get what I mean.
Being prepared for a disaster and knowing what to do in the event of a fire are two of those topics that we need to revisit time and time again. The more we do, the better prepared our children will be. Promise.
Each year for the past few years, I have been honored to work with the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org to … Read More...
Halloween is sometimes hard for our tweens.
They still want to go out and Trick-or-Treat, but they're starting to feel a little funny about it.
So why not help our bigger kids out with the costume dilemma by suggesting some cool, book-inspired Halloween costumes this year? Let's celebrate some of their favorite characters, themes, and ideas from literature this Halloween.
I've hunted down a ton of cool Halloween costumes for tweens, and each costume is inspired by some great … Read More...
I've shared that this month is National Preparedness Month.
Have you checked it out?
Have you created your Emergency Prep Kit? Your Go-Bags? Your ICE Cards?
It's okay. I know you're busy.
We all are.
But take two minutes today and create ICE [In Case of Emergency] Cards for your kids.
ICE Cards are super easy to make, and the whole purpose of them is to keep your kids safe.
Thanks to Save the Children's site, you can make these cards in two minutes. Two … Read More...
If you are like me and were spending an hour--or more!--each week roaming the aisles of the grocery store, then this is for you.
If you always seem to end up with too much or not enough or not the right ingredients for recipes, then this is for you.
If you would like to save hundreds of dollars on food each month, then this is for you.
If your family despises weekly grocery shopping, then this is for you.
If your family loves food--and cooking!--then this is … Read More...
To correct or not to correct your child's reading: that is the question.
So many people have asked me about this, so I made it one of my reading tips. Check it out.
Think about how you feel when people tell you you're wrong. Especially when you're taking a risk and aren't quite sure of yourself.
It's hard to hear you're wrong. It sometimes hurts to hear:
Come on! I know you know this. You just read it. . .
Nope. You're wrong. That word is. . .
Stop. … Read More...