In my planner I have a sticker on the box for the date of August 1. It says “JUST BEGIN….” I put it there to remind me to take a deep breath, because hold on, August is here, and...
The first day of school can be a little like a favorite holiday morning. Kids are up early — the kind of excited, dressed and raring to go early that simply doesn’t happen the rest of the year. There...
First grade was hard for my son. A classroom bully identified him as a target, and we spent several months working through the fallout of the verbal, and ultimately physical, attacks. Out of school, we had baseball, but an...
With a new school year upon us, many families are thinking about back-to-school shopping, helping their kids adjust to a new classroom and fitting school back into their daily routine. But there’s another important thing parents can do to help...
With the hustle and bustle of back to school, sometimes we forget to make sure we get in our essential appointments before school starts. I may not be organized in other areas of mom life, but staying on top...
While other moms are preparing for back-to-school by mapping out how to buy school supplies without breaking the bank and deciding what gear they can't live without, I'm over here losing my collective you-know-what. Not because I'm stressed with last-minute...
I do most of my work on a computer, iPhone, or tablet. In fact, I am typing the draft of this blog post on my iPhone. I understand how it can seem as if handwriting is an antiquated notion,...
"I'm not sure what I should be teaching our son," I recently said to my husband of our 18-month-old son, Archer. "He can say all of 12 words. Isn't it a little early to be teaching him numbers and...
It’s time to head back to school, and I should be so excited to have a bit more free time. I should be looking forward to my daughter making new friends and all the things she’s going to learn...
YES!! Summer is over. I love summer, I really do — including the heat and all the ice cream and beach days that go along with it — but nine weeks of ever-changing schedules is getting to me, and...
That was the question on a recent local Facebook group chat about school supplies. One mom wanted to see who buys exactly what is on the school-supplies list, including the quantities requested. At last check, nearly 80 people had...
I'm not going to start this post with something sappy like, "Oh, I wish summer would last forever!" Nope. I am READY for my kids to go back to school. I love them dearly and enjoy their company, however,...

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