Choosing a Preschool for Your Food Allergic Child

Choosing a preschool is hard enough, but couple that by having a child with food allergies and it can be downright challenging. So here are a few facts and tips to help guide the process: Facts About 1 out of 13 children in the US have food allergies – that’s roughly 2 kids/average classroom. 30% […]

What I Wish They Taught in Schools

My 7-year-old barges into conversations. No matter how many times I ask her to wait, to listen, or to be patient, she basically doesn’t comprehend that information and still does it anyway. She also has trouble meeting people’s eyes. Often times this can be interpreted as rudeness or disrespect. And these are just one of […]

Making Seasonal Decor Out of School Art

If you have a toddler like I do, you probably have a lot of artwork coming home from preschool or kindergarten. Initially, I started taking our favorites and hanging them with clothespins on a rope in our boys’ room, but once we ran out of space, I was still left with a giant stack of […]

First Week of School

School started this week! For many parents, this means the end of hectic summer plans and rejoicing in their much-needed quiet time and routine schedule. For some, it may even look like this. For me, while school brings much-needed rest, it won’t be fully quiet for a while – for the first time, I’ll get to spend lots of […]

The Painful Process of Packing Lunch

Now that the glorious dog days of summer have passed us by and the hustle and bustle of school buses, soccer practices, and dance lessons has begun, many of us are finding ourselves up to our ears in tasks, chores, and things to get done. I have no idea why, but the evening ritual of […]

DIY Hand Sanitzer

It is with a heavy heart that I begin preparing for the start of the school year. The kids and I have really had an incredible summer together and it breaks my heart to think about all the busyness and time away from each other. As with most teachers, the last few weeks of August […]

Cures for a Lame Lunch

After selling our house and moving farther away from work, we have found ourselves with what amounts to about 30 minutes less down time after school each day. While this might not seem like much, in reality, it feels like a lifetime. And if time is cut short, the first thing to go is the […]

‘Twas the Night Before Kindergarten

‘Twas the night before kindergarten and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… except Mommy. And I have no idea why. We had covered all our bases: we met the teacher, we toured the school, we visited the playground, we practiced our bus numbers and our teachers’ names. My son is beyond ready […]

Helping Your Child Thrive in a New School

As the school year starts back up again, parents are being bombarded with back-to-school ads, class orientations, meetings, you name it. It can be a stressful time, made especially stressful if your child is starting at a brand new school. Will he make friends? Find his classes alright? What clubs should he be joining? But […]

Back to School

As the hot sun sets on the first day of August, moms all over America began their silent countdown to the first day of school. This is when time cruelly slows down for our well-intentioned nurturer. A few months before, she began the break with enthusiastic plans to entertain and keep her cubs busy – […]