Sometimes when I actually stop to think about the fact that we have a 12, 11, and 9 year old in the house, I cannot even believe it.
I absolutely cannot wrap my head around it.
I can't believe that in two years,we'll no longer have a child in elementary school.
I can't believe that in four years, we'll have a middle schooler and two high schoolers.
I can't believe that in less than ten years, we'll have three kids in college.
I honestly can't believe that all of those 'big' … Read More...
So, you're a room parent this year, huh?
Whether you've been roped into it or whether you chose to take on this important role on your own free will, there are some things you must know:
You will have a lot of fun. Really, you will. The kids are so cool. They are. And the parents appreciate you!
You will be organized. From right now until the end of the year, friend, you must stay organized.
You will need a team. So starting now, you may be the room parent, but you will have a … Read More...
I only have a second but wanted to share this super-fab weekend deal with you.
Head over to Tiny Prints and grab 10 free holiday cards.
Use the code 10FREECARDS at checkout, and you can have your 10 free holiday cards along with 25% off the rest of your order.
Please be sure to read the fine print (below), of course, but this deal runs through 10/26/16, so act quickly.
Remember what I told you about holiday cards with kids?
Get your kids involved with holiday … Read More...
Let's face it, friends. Life for kids can be pretty tough.
It's hard to be a kid these days--harder than it was for us.
School was hard enough for me way back when, even without all the new pressures of social media. I can't even imagine how the presence of Instagram, Snapchat, Musical.ly, and everything else would have colored my middle school or high school experience. I don't even want to think about it.
So honestly, any time we can give our kids a pat on the back for trying … Read More...
Did you know?
When it comes to violence, suicide and threats, most are known by at least one other individual before the incident takes place.
In 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told people of his or her plans ahead of time.
7 out of 10 people who complete suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning or indication.
I had no idea. Really and truly. But it makes sense.
Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said … Read More...
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...