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...
Who doesn’t want to be a blog star?
You've heard about blogging and want to get started on the right foot, wasting no time at all.
You love blogging, and you want to do it right.
You just need a few tricks to get you re-charged and energized and to propel your blog to new heights.
Why not be a star?
I'm ready to share anything and everything I know to help you succeed with blogging and make your blog the go-to blog for its topic.
It's what you need to read whether you're … Read More...
Back-to-school season isn’t just for students, my friends.
As thousands of schools have been opening their doors, teachers have been working tirelessly setting up classrooms, preparing lesson plans and printing materials for their students.
In a school spending survey, almost 80% of teachers say they use their own money on material supplies in what amounts to a $1 billion annual spend for their classrooms.
That is a LOT of money. And many teachers don’t have the extra to … Read More...
For years and years I have had a copy of this essay printed out and taped to the inside of a cabinet door.
I first read it in 2004 when I think it may have been run in the Washington Post. Or maybe a friend forwarded it to me via email. I have no idea.
Back then, I was basically sleepwalking with three kids four years old and under.
But I knew enough to let Anna Quindlen's words echo in my mind any time I wished those long, laborious days away.
This week's fab find is simply the … Read More...
This week marks the official end to summer, but if your kids are unusually cranky, maybe it's not all because of the school bell.
Maybe it's because you, as a family, neglected to do one of these ten 'must-do' things.
(I'm kidding. Kind of.)
According to Maddy, my now seventh grader (unbelievable!), these ten things are what kids really want. And they're what she believes will make back-to-school totally awesome, top-notch, and fab for kids.
Because that's what we want, right? … Read More...
Re-running this post today because it's timely and packed with tips. Enjoy!
School's in full swing here, and I cannot believe it.
I really, truly cannot.
Maddy's in 6th grade, Owen's in 4th grade, and Cora's in 3rd grade. Where has the time gone?
If you're anything like me, you're doing everything humanly possible to adjust to a new schedule, which is not always easy.
I've found a few of my most popular back-to-school posts, and I have them here for you. After … Read More...