As my daughter prepares for her first year of middle school, I am having all sorts of feelings. There are moments when I am excited but anxious the next.
I want my daughter to enjoy and be successful in middle school. I have an opportunity to actively and positively guide and influence her experience.
Parenting older kids has a way of making parents feel as if they are alone. Research shows that parents of…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 8, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
HEY SUNBUTTER! He Likes It!
It would be awfully selfish of me if I didn’t share this tidbit of information with Mom Bloggers Club. As much as I would like to be the keeper of this secret, I just can’t. It’s totally worth sharing, and you can thank me later. Unless of course, it was…Continue
Added by Niedria Kenny on August 3, 2017 at 3:09am — No Comments
Have you seen the back to school supplies at all the local retailers? When I first see the school supplies going up, I usually do not feel ready for back to school; yet as I look at the calendar and each day passes I know it will be here before I know it, so it is easier if I just embrace the change and get in the back to school mode.
I hope you all have had a fun summer vacation! Here are…
Added by Jessica Briggs on July 24, 2017 at 2:20pm — No Comments
Had I been the mother of two little girls instead of two roughneck boys, I would have never known about Lands' End's iron knees guarantee. It's sort of an unwritten guarantee that the company has on its…Continue
Added by Takiela Langley on July 22, 2017 at 11:13am — No Comments
If you need to drag your child to school every day, while they are wailing and refusing to go, you know that something needs to change. Your kid might not understand it at an early age, but school opens up a lot of opportunities later in life and your anxiety regarding your children’s academic performance is a natural impulse conditioned by your own experience. You know that a good academic achievement paves the way to college and consequently helps your child land the job…Continue
Added by Tracey Clayton on June 23, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
When I was a teen, I talked to my Mom about getting a job. She told me that I already had a full-time job, which was to be an excellent student. So, I stayed unemployed and maintained excellent grades. When summer approached, I talked to her again about getting a job, and she reminded me that I would be working my whole life: I should enjoy the summer off while I could.…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 14, 2017 at 6:50am — No Comments
At least once a week I have an argument with my son over homework. I fully understand his position: He doesn't want to do it. I am not sure that he understands my position, however: Homework is a part of school; it is a way to show comprehension of materials learned during the week. I am just trying to read him his spelling words.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments
By the time, you have decided that you want to attend an art school you will have already realised how competitive it is to get a career in your chosen subject. Because of the competitiveness, it’s understandable that more and more people are looking to get degrees in order to give them a competitive edge.
By attending art school, you will be able to refine your existing talent and even market your skills. It’s not only the diploma but the experience you get to create the best…Continue
Added by Brienne on May 17, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments
My son is at the peak of his imagination game years - the years in which your best friend is the person who will pretend to be a Pokemon with you and then join into a fight with Bowser that is filled with explosions. (Side note: Children would make excellent improv artists, except that they have difficulty taking suggestions from outsiders.)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 12, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
by Leah Campbell
Nothing brings out the mama (or papa) bear in parents quite like learning someone has been hurting your child. In an instant, all reason goes out the window and we become determined to do whatever it might take to protect our little cub.
That instinct is exactly why most parents who learn their child is being bullied have to initially resist the urge to go out and bully the little jerk that is hurting their child right back.
Having that urge is normal.…Continue
Added by Rose Marie Iskowitz on April 26, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I'm going to tell you a secret:
I've mentioned before that I am a morning person, and it is true: I am usually at my best in the morning. My alarm goes off, I get out of bed and my brain starts buzzing about the day I am going to have.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments
I know what my son's homework is: I know about the spelling assignments and the online math homework and the reading comprehension sheets and all the additional projects. I know all of this, of course, because my son's teacher sends notes - both physical and over email - on a very regular basis.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
A few months ago we took our son to the local high school to watch a robotics competition. In addition to the robotics, he loved seeing the older students and spent some time talking about how large the school was and what he would learn there.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 15, 2017 at 6:35am — No Comments
Right before Valentine's Day, I received several brightly colored pieces of paper letting me know that parents were invited into the classroom to secretly decorate their child's desk for February 14.…Continue
My son is doing his math homework on the computer. Today's lesson centers on the clock. He dutifully types in the time that each clock face represents. Since he is pretty good at this, he whizzes through all the questions.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments
I am a working Mom. I put in more than 40 hours at the office and come home to household responsibilities. I take my son to cub scouts and swimming lessons, and I go through spelling words with him at night. I would like to think that our lives are pretty typical of a family with two working parents.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments
During winter break, my son woke up every morning at around 6 am in an insanely cheerful mood and ready to tackle whatever fun the day would bring. (Mind you, this is the same little bear who grumbles and growls every other morning when his alarm goes off around 7 am.) Although I enjoyed the morning company, after five days of this I asked why he was able to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments
When I was in fifth grade, I missed a few days of school due to sickness and when I came back, I had some trouble getting up to speed on fractions. They were hard and awful and I cried at school one day because I thought that I would never understand them. And I am pretty sure that in that moment, I decided I wasn't good at math.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments
My son has a few responsibilities when he gets home from school, which includes unpacking his book bag.
This is a relatively simple gig, and yet, it can go so very, very wrong. I have often come home from work to find his bag still packed on the couch or his things scattered in a few locations. Don't get me…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2016 at 6:21pm — No Comments
It’s 4:20am and I just walked my Husband to his car. As he starts the car to leave to catch his vanpool, I start crying. “I can’t lose my baby!” No, I’m not pregnant…I’m referring to my 17-year-old Daughter. She is a Junior in High School, and this…Continue
Added by crystal arzu on December 15, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments