Think back to a memorable Saturday morning: You wake up early, somewhat refreshed from a dodgy night's sleep. You eat a decent breakfast, despite the fact that your stomach is roiling, and then you head off to school to take your SATs. Because there is nothing better than to spend four hours of your Saturday taking a test that you believe will decide your entire future.…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 9, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments
When I was in fourth grade, our house caught on fire. Happily, no one was hurt, but a great number of our possessions either had fire or smoke damage. My brother and I took off a few days from school as a result of our parents trying to figure out how to restore normality to our family.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 8, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments
In a former job, I used to have a mean boss. The kind of boss who would tear you down in public, make you feel worthless and mock you if you went to your car during lunch to have a little cry. My coworkers and I became adept at figuring out her triggers and avoiding them wherever possible. Some days we spent more time at work analyzing how she would react to something than doing our jobs. That was the least productive I've ever…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 4, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments
My son is in Kindergarten, and he is excited. He is excited about all the new classrooms, books, children and fun to be had. But he is more excited about one particular part of Kindergarten, more than anything else: He can bring a lunch from home.
Up until this point, he has eaten the provided lunches at his…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments
Monday morning, my Facebook feed was filled with proud parents as their children started their first day of school. By 2pm, those enthusiastic statuses looked a little uglier, grimmer, and much more stress filled. A new school year involves lots of moving parts, but what are some of the ways you and your family can make back-to-school an organized…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on August 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
This was just a week back, when I happened to meet one of the moms, who shared her plans of sending her only child to a boarding school.. Well my first reaction literally came out as a shock.. like Why ?? with a big question mark.? but as we spoke further.. I kind of came to terms with the fact that it is an option…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 27, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments
School day breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. We’ve got a week of delicious, fun breakfasts the kids will just love.
Monday – wise owl toast
Start the week off right with our…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 26, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments
BIG day today!! 1st day of school for my 4th & 2nd graders!! They each have awesome teachers and kind kiddos in their classes, thinking this is going to be a fabulous year! Of course we did the classic…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on August 26, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments
One of the quickest healthiest breakfasts you can throw together. A dish of lovely creamy porridge. You can either do it the proper way in a pan and simmer and stir, you can make it in minutes in the microwave or you can go instant with a dish of Ready brek. Whichever way you choose it’s…Continue
Added by Wendy Mallins on August 24, 2015 at 4:19am — No Comments
Full disclosure: Math was not my favorite subject in school. But even though I didn't care for math, I still made really great grades in it.
To me, math was too finite. If I was writing an essay, I could write my way out of a corner. With math, you were either right or wrong with your answers. And my…
In my little corner of the world, school starts next week. And all around me I hear the moms talking about various after school programs and which ones they are avoiding because they don't encourage children to complete their homework first.
And I can hear that they are already stressed out over their…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 18, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments
"You wanna wear that?!?!?"
This was the response I silently whispered to myself when my tween, Flower, walked into the room one day wearing an outfit she had picked out.
Oh lawd, I knew this day would come sooner than later. After all, at the time, she was around 7 years old.…Continue
Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 8, 2015 at 11:43am — No Comments
Life is a series of challenges filled with surprises.. And that's what makes life interesting. One of the biggest challenges could also be bringing up our children who are closest to our hearts and means the world to us... It can be an out of the world experience for many whereas many would have their world upside down with lack of patience n perseverance ....…Continue
Added by Manjusha Pandey on August 1, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments
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Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on July 24, 2015 at 5:32pm — No Comments
Each morning, Stephen, my baby, asks me if he has to go to school. "Third grade is boring. We don't even do anything. We don't have enough recess. School is for attendance." Oh, baby... you don't know boring yet, I remind. Get dressed. Did you eat? Get your backpack. Do…Continue
Like many people, once I established my own home away from my parents and started my own job, I started to think about how my education had failed me. Yes, I had many years of dedicated schooling around math and science and communications, but some basics alluded me. I knew how to cook, for example, (thanks, Mom!), but I didn't know how to use a drill (I should have taken shop class). I could balance my checkbook, but didn't have the…Continue
As mentioned before in this blog, my Mom told me that my job was to be a good student. She expected me to make excellent grades, and she was clear on her expectations. (Not Tiger Mother level of expectations, but her point was clear.) She told me I was smart; I believed her; I did well in school.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 24, 2015 at 6:17am — No Comments
As a young teen, I once asked my Mom if I could get an after-school job. Her reply was: "Your job is to be a good student." So I tried my best to do a good job and balance my school work with all the other chores I did around the house.…Continue
I have some memories of doing my homework when I was little: The phonics workbooks at the small table in the kitchen while my mother cooked; math homework with a friend where we didn't understand what we were doing and later found out we did the homework completely wrong; studying spelling words alone at my desk in my bedroom (that last one never worked out for me).…Continue