My son's alarm goes off at 7:35. I can hear him get up, turn the alarm off and then...silence. I know he has gone back to bed. At 8 am, I tentatively go into his room and gently wake him up. He is cranky and angry and tells me that he feels like he didn't sleep at all. I do my best to be gentle with him and coax him into the day, even though I desperately wish I could send him back to bed for a few more hours.…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments
I have a vivid memory of my parents installing a built-in desk in my room. It was a counter that was affixed to the wall, but I loved it. I thought of all the work that I would do at that desk. I made designer outfits with fashion plates and colored pictures and set up villages for my dolls there.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments
A friend of mine once told me that she has several large tote bins in her basement filled with all of her daughters' school work. At first I thought she was kidding, but she said that she had saved everything that the girls had done, because they didn't want their work tossed out.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 4, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
We are still in the throws of back to school time here. As my son gets used to his new routine and slowly starts to face the return of his biggest fear (homework), I am starting to switch into my new routines as well: I can finally let go of my summertime fears that he will be bit by a snake or slip while running around the pool and replace them with the fears that he will get picked on at school or injure himself on the playground…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 13, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
My son is sitting at the dinner table with a somewhat vacant stare and not answering my questions about his school day. I am not sure what he is thinking about.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 8, 2017 at 7:20am — No Comments
Now that it is September most kids are all back to school by now. If you have kids I’m sure you have helped or been asked to help in their classroom. I know there are moms and dads who are very involved in PTA or as a room parent. I also know there are parents who don’t know how they can find the time to get involved in PTA or the classroom. There have been times when I have been very involved…Continue
Added by Jessica Briggs on September 6, 2017 at 8:47pm — No Comments
A friend of mine told me about the orientation she went to for her daughter's high school. She said that the best and worst moment was when the school's principal addressed the parents to say they should stop making their child lunch. The principal said that it was the child's job to make themselves lunch every day and that was one of the many painful steps parents were going to have to go through.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 21, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments
Have kids going back to school? I know after staying up late and sleeping in for summer break it can take some time to get back into the groove. Here are 6 tips to help your children adjust back to their school sleep schedule.
Added by Jessica Briggs on August 16, 2017 at 3:29pm — No Comments
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