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
** The world needs more creative photobombers.
** If you drive like Mario Andretti through a parking lot full of kids, you're a giant jackass.
** Winter is…
Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 2, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments
** I wish my brain shut off as easily when I try to go to sleep as it does when I try to help my kids with their homework.
** Exhaustion is just NOT a good look on me.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 21, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments
I cannot be the only one....whose family has an allergic reaction to Monday mornings, although our allergies aren't sniffy noses or red eyes, rather they manifest themselves as moans, groans, and stomach aches that appear mysteriously. In the midst of all this Monday morning agony there are shoes and socks to find, lunch boxes and juice boxes to pack, and car keys forgotten on the hook by the door all keeping us from getting a move on.…Continue
Starr Burgess worked as an elementary teacher and school counselor for a total of seven years. She has a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. Starr is busy working on her second children’s book: Counselor Dynamite Befuddles the Bullyville Crew. She currently resides with her husband, Clyde, and their daughter in Pflugerville, TX.
Tell us a little about your main character, Counselor Dynamite, and what makes her…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on March 3, 2013 at 3:26pm — No Comments
I apologize for being MIA on here lately, but unfortunately, my father had a bad stroke and was hospitalized. It's been pretty horrific to say the least, but rest assured, I HAVE been keeping a mental list of wacky things I've learned. And here they are:
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 15, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments
From a former middle school Spanish teacher to a stay at home mom is a bit of a life transition. However, I don't forget the realities of a classroom, and movies that depict teaching sometimes really get me fired up!
This blog post describes some of the problems I have with teachers in movies.
Added by Megan Lynch on January 11, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments
You deserve a Mom's Timeout, grab a beverage, turn your phone off, and enjoy....click on the link below
Added by Kat Tom on December 21, 2012 at 8:50am — No Comments
Teaching children math is no feat! Knowing that my daughter would start her math curriculum this week made me anxious! Although she is only in Kindergarten, I still wanted to expose her to math. The search was on! I was determined to find the best math apps for children! Between the hundreds (maybe thousands) of math apps for kids available, I have listed the top 10 below. The final determination was based on a few different things... reviews from parents, reviews from other websites…Continue
Added by Shivani Cotter on September 17, 2012 at 9:53pm — No Comments
With my oldest child finishing up the 2nd grade school year, I've been a little reflective on my involvement in his school life and wondering why more parents aren't actively involved. My experience with my son's charter school this year has been rocky to say the least, and has forced me to make the decision to find a new school -- more on that in another post. My 8-year-old son, Cameron, is a straight "A" student, never had a single bad behavior report and is loved by all the staff and…Continue
Added by Kasheia Williams on June 18, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments
During the course of my career as a teacher and school administrator, I've received my share of memorable gifts from students. And one of the first things I learned as a teacher is to appreciate each gift, regardless of what it is; although honestly, that didn't keep my teacher friends and me from having a little fun with some of the more unusual gifts we received. Since most of the gifts were given to us on the Friday before the winter holiday break, the other grade level teachers and I…Continue
Added by Molly Smith on June 1, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I'm sure most of us have given our cell phones to our kids at some point or another to entertain them (i.e. shut them the hell up) while we run errands, right? And really, the worst that can happen is that we end up with a gazillion kids' game apps or an unexpected alarm going off at 3 AM (I speak from experience, y'all). However, who woulda thunk that the REAL danger…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on August 4, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments
(This story must be prefaced with the fact that it was nothing short of a miracle to get my son to write anything in school at all. His poor teacher had to practically hypnotize him to get any kind of writing topics to emerge from his little brain. So yeah, this story's about a giant turd, but hey, at least the kid wrote a story, right??!!)
Once upon a…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 19, 2011 at 3:34pm — No Comments
School is ending and it is time for teacher appreciation. Our nation's teachers work very hard educating the future of America. As the school year comes to a close (for most of us), it is a great time to show them that we recognize and value their hard work. Below are some gift ideas for your child's favorite teacher(s).
From personal experience (being married to a teacher), I can tell you…Continue
Added by Lori Thayer on May 20, 2011 at 7:43pm — No Comments
Thats the first thing me and my colleague said to each other when it was time for all the kids in our classroom to go home.
After putting my sons to bed, it means that it's now time to get to…Continue
Added by Vanesa Alberga on May 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
So I have been complaining for years now that Bugaboo does not make a double stroller, and then today I read on a blog that they announced the double Bugaboo Donkey in September 2010! What rock have I been living under! Ahhhh!
Well, the price…
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Despite the dozens of times I exclaim “what a great gift idea!” when shopping throughout the year, I struggle to remember a single one of these ideas when I actually need them. Here are a some of my fave finds under $30 that I think deserve an honorable mention this holiday season.
Added by Valerie Korock on December 4, 2010 at 8:29pm — No Comments
I’m no stranger to the wonderful world of Kindergarten. This is my fourth foray in to the realm of refrigerator art, trips to the farm, & agonizingly annoying Letterland characters. And as many of you know, I have not taken kindly to having to send my last wee baby off to school this fall. Aside from the obvious reasons that any mother can relate to, there is another, far more compelling, reason as to why I was loathe to put her in the hands of the educational system. Those bastards…Continue
Added by Tracy Warner on September 23, 2010 at 4:32pm — No Comments
The biggest thing I’ve learned as a parent, is the biggest thing I struggle with the most as a parent. Because it demands that I engage in a constant inner struggle with the very fabric of my being. Here’s the lesson…BEFORE I give in to my immediate reactions, stop & ask myself: are MY opinions/actions/decisions what’s best for THEM?? It’s usually not…thus the struggle. Having to back down, bite my tongue, stay out of it, go with the flow, often requires a massive dose of happy pills…Continue
Added by Tracy Warner on September 20, 2010 at 2:52pm — No Comments