I have a confession: I seriously dislike the word “blessed.” Which is unfortunate, because it shows up in my Facebook newsfeed like eighty times a day. “Having a blessed birthday.” “So blessed to have a job that I love.” “Super blessed to be enjoying this family reunion on a yacht in the south of France.” […]
I think we can all agree that kids are professionals at messing sh*t up. Like the holidays. The expectation–> disappointment loop is stroooong at Christmastime. And I don’t even mean for the kids: I mean for myself. I have such high hopes of sharing all my most treasured childhood nostalgia with them: caroling, going to […]
Nine years old is an interesting age. So is thirty-seven, come to think of it. My daughter and I are both experiencing growing pains of sorts, in both similar and different ways. As a 4th grader, she’s not quite a “tween yet,” although I suspect she may become one in a matter of months; it’s a […]
Will this be the last year she believes? I think this over and over, as I did last year, crossing my fingers that we still have one more year. My oldest daughter at age nine is mature in some ways, innocent in others. She is empathetic, responsible, and intuitive and yet also very childlike and […]
The letter I wish I could give my daughter’s third grade Room Mother, and some words of validation for all working and stay-at-home moms.
It was a Tuesday night. My third grade daughter had just finished her piano lesson, and it was time to begin her weekly homework packet. On Monday, we had gone straight from school to run a handful of errands and then spontaneously went out to dinner. The previous week, my parents had been visiting. Needless to […]
It seemed like a small miracle that my third grade daughter’s dance routine was the second act in the two-hour lineup of her school talent show. I let out a sigh of relief when I saw her name so close to the beginning, knowing that we were off the hook if (when?) our three-year-old was […]
The world of online writing can be very isolating. I am so lucky to have several real-life writer friends that I routinely get together with for a “working brunch” or coffee, and I always leave feeling invigorated. Although my family and local friends are supportive of my work, talking about publishing and social media doesn’t […]
I feel that too much homework is a very bad idea for kids in the primary grades. How much homework do you think is appropriate for grades K-3?
How to talk to your kid about puberty… without laughing or sounding like an idiot.