Parents, Help Your Kids Thrive in School by Asking these 4 Questions

(Inside: Do you want to help your kid thrive in school? These four questions will help your child find success and enjoy his or her educational journey.)     I scanned the array of graduation photos spread out in front of me. Geez, it’s been years since I’ve taught these amazing kiddos in high school.     I picked up a Read More

Get Your Kids Out The Door Happy And On Time With THIS

(Inside: A parenting hack to eliminate the before school chaos.)   The terrible-horrible-very-bad-worst part of our morning is when I announce “Time to go!”   We all simultaneously lose our brain cells. One kid can’t find his shoe, the other his homework, and the third decides to take a firm stance against why kids have Read More

One Thing Every Middle School Parent Should Know

(Inside: Prepare your child for middle school. This one thing will help parents and children thrive during the middle school years.)   When I was in middle school, my mom came and sat next to me for two class periods to, ahem, “encourage” me to behave. I didn’t deal well with the big emotions of those transition years Read More

What All Moms Need to Hear in May

(Inside: TIred moms, May is a bear – but to get through, you need to remember this.)   This past Friday morning my 3rd-grade son factually stated he was sick and couldn’t go to school. He took his own temperature, sighed in exasperation then crawled back into bed declaring he was done. (“My fever is Read More

Moms, You’ll Better Enjoy the End of the School Year Remembering THIS

 (Inside: One thought to get moms through the end of the school year chaos.)     Hey moms, we’re ALMOST done! School is almost over, and this is how I feel about it.       Just a handful of lunches still to make. (And a handful of times to unpack the returned lunchbox and Read More

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Why I’m NOT Freaking Out that My Kid Has Low Reading Scores

(Inside: My kid doesn’t want to read. Encouragement for parents and practical steps to take when your kid doesn’t want to read.)   My Child Doesn’t Want to Read My oldest son cried every day for 2 years about it. Every day. It was horrific. I started to dread it… …the 20 minutes every day Read More

The Best Part about the First Day of School – Do You Feel This Magic Too?

(Inside: Do you see this bonus in the first day of school? Hear the encouraging message for both kids and moms on the first day of school.)   I love the start of a new school year.  It holds so much promise.  Like none of last year’s challenges will arise.   My now 2nd grader Read More