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9 Books You Will Actually WANT To Read This Summer

One of my favorite past times (yes, because having a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old qualifies anything done at a leisurely, quiet, enjoyable pace as a thing of the past) is reading. Those that know me probably think, “um…you’re an English teacher, don’t you read ALL THE BOOKS?” I’d love to say yes but…nope. I’ll be honest, at […]

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What Not To Say to Foster Parents (And What TO Say Instead)

This past year, my family opened our home for foster care.  Before we began the process of becoming foster parents, I had very little experience or knowledge of it. I had so much respect for families who fostered,families who fostered, but I had only known of them. There was no one in my day to […]

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Why Parent-Teacher Conferences Can’t Always Be “Parent Friendly”

When I began my teaching career, one of the questions asked in EVERY interview was: How do you plan to involve parents in your classroom community? Easy answer: I plan to implement an open-door policy that encourages their presence in the classroom. This means I sent home letters inviting them to come and read to […]

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Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Mean Kids

My daughter has experienced her fair share of mean girls in her short 7-and-a-half years of life.  (When you’re seven, the half is of the utmost importance.) On the most horrifying and memorable occasion, my daughter had a little girl at school exclude her from playing with her group of friends.  The little girl then went on to scream hateful […]

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There is Nothing “Wrong” With My Child

Right now, my husband and I are in an “in between” state with lots of questions about our 4 year old son. It’s the kind of state where I’ve lost sleep and driven myself crazy by going deeper and deeper on the internet trying to become more informed. It’s the kind of state that has made […]

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My Child Wasn’t Ready For Kindergarten {And I Sent Him Anyway}

My 5-year-old little boy has the ever dreaded summer birthday.  He’s sandwiched smack dab in between the ages of “send on to kindergarten” and “do not pass go for another year”. Being the over worrier that I am, I read article after article about this new fangled thing called “kindergarten readiness”.  I checked the lists and, honestly, […]

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Lessons Learned from Dancing the “Midnight Mombie”

    12 a.m.  Crying baby. Stumbling to kitchen for a bottle.  Trying to remember how to change a diaper. Staring blankly at the wall.      3:17 a.m. Repeat.     3:38 a.m. Repeat, ad nauseam… Becoming a mom is exhausting. Multiply that exhaustion by the number of children already in the house, and […]

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