Summer swim has been a staple for our family for the last six years.
Ever since Maddy joined the pre-team the summer before Kindergarten, we've spent the first seven weeks of summer camped out at the pool in the mornings and have spent our Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings at swim meets and Sunday afternoons at dive meets.
We are grateful that our neighborhood pool is within walking distance from our home, and we definitely take advantage of it. But even if your family is not within … Read More...
Did you know: When you open a Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer College Investment Plan Account, you could be eligible for a $250 or $500 State contribution.
I’d say that’s worth checking out, wouldn’t you?
But that’s why I’m thrilled about what’s happening over here in the State of Maryland.
You can seriously put your kids’ future in motion with the Save4CollegeState Contribution Program.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Help For You To Start Saving Today For Your Kids’ College … Read More...
Young leaders are moving mountains with Generation No Kid Hungry, a national movement of young leaders who are dedicated to the goal of the No Kid Hungry campaign. I am amazed and energized by what they're doing, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them to spread the word.
Your students--and children--can help solve the hunger problem by participating in Powered by Breakfast which is an important initiative of Generation No Kid Hungry.
Here's the skinny. . .
Help End Childhood … Read More...
We all know that reading is super important, but how do we read with our kids when it seems like everyone is busy, busy, busy?
I sat down with the amazing Vicki Davis of the Cool Cat Teacher blog and 10-Minute Teacher podcast to chat about how parents can read with their kids.
Reading with kids should be simple, right? But why aren't we doing it?!
Take a quick 10 minutes (yes, that's it!) to listen to the podcast and do let me know what you think!
Huge and happy thanks … Read More...
First of all: What is Red Nose Day?
You might vaguely recall seeing people wearing silly, red clown noses in the name of raising money for children in poverty? That's Red Nose Day!
Red Nose Day really makes a difference in children's lives.
And what's the Red Nose Day Joke-Ha-Thon?
The Joke-Ha-Thon gives students the chance to tell—and sell—their best jokes in their classrooms, schools and communities to spread some much-needed joy and raise some life-changing cash.
Why am … Read More...
As a parent and
educator, I know it is super important that my kids learn how to make smart
financial decisions now, before they go off into the real world. But I know that raising money confident kids
isn’t always easy.
It involves planning.
understanding ourselves how to be
money confident—and that can be scary, even as adults.
So when I was asked
by the good people at T. Rowe Price
to take a look at the Money
resources they have for school
and … 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 past the … Read More...
Cards have been updated to reflect dates for the 2019 Lenten season. Enjoy!
We're one week into Lent this year, and I feel like we kind of struggled for the first week.
Our parish priest stressed to us the importance of 'not giving up chocolate' again and instead challenged us to really make this Lent count.
So we agreed.
We wouldn't give up chocolate.
But honestly, after so many years of doing just that--giving up sweets--for Lent, it felt strange not to.
And we … Read More...
We're in a mad winter funk over here.
A serious winter funk.
Lots of snow days and delays grey skies and dreary days and indoor recess at school means that there's been a lot of grumpy, grouchy kids at our house.
No matter what we do to mix things up, it seems like we've all been doing more arguing and bickering than I care to admit. And it's not just the kids--sure, of course, it's the kids. But it's also my husband and me. The dog. The birds and fish.
We're all a little … Read More...
Friends, if you and your family are not talking openly and often about internet safety, then you really must start doing so now.
What better time to start than on Safer Internet Day, February 5?
Safer Internet Day is geared toward making sure all people join together and do what they can to make the internet a safer place for everyone—especially for our younger users.
But how do we do this? We barely understand the internet, right? So how are we supposed to help our kids be … Read More...