As the mother of two high schoolers, the talks about post-graduation plans, colleges, and future careers are prevalent in our home. My sophomore daughter receives daily mail from colleges and universities after taking the PSAT encouraging her to think...
This is Pre-K? It seems absolutely absurd that parents would “camp out” in order to secure a volunteer pre-kindergarten spot for their child. But it happens — some feel it is necessary even though it can be downright dangerous. In...
Let me start by saying that I am no math major. I make a living writing, and math has NEVER been my strong suit. So, when my son has second-grade math homework, I get anxious the minute he unzips...
Dashikis, Roots, and MLK. Three words that can capture the festive essence of Black History Month. While some would have this month to reflect the adversity that Blacks have faced in America — from slavery, to segregation, to injustice and...
As new parents, the last thing my husband and I wanted to think about when our daughter was born was one day sending her away to college and absorbing the rising costs associated with it. Sixteen years later, as...
Each year, many of us look forward to enjoying a day off on the third Monday of January when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (MLK Day) is observed. But what are we really observing? I get it. Everyone is not...
The holidays are all about traditions, and our family has lots of them! My absolute favorite is the “holiday lunch box surprises.” Throughout December, I add little holiday-themed treats to my son’s lunch box. I love hearing what his...
As moms, we worry about what our kids are eating, slather them with sunscreen and make sure they aren’t exposed to predators through apps and social media. But are you worrying about whether your kids are JUULing? I am...
We are frequently asked about education programs and recommendations for child care, preschools and schools in the Jacksonville area. We understand that picking a school or child care center that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be an overwhelming task. Whether...
When my first child started school, I learned something very powerful: Learning to read and learning to be literate are two very different things. I discovered quickly that I wanted my children to be literate, having the ability to...
There are a lot of things to take into consideration when choosing an after-school activity for your child, and finding something they love (as much as you do) can be tricky. We've tried it all with my son, Brendan....
Somehow, it’s that time of year again. The time when we are supposed to spend time with family, build gingerbread houses and deck the halls. How did it get so busy? The shopping, the elfing, the baking, the card mailing,...

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