It’s an easy, alluring trap to fall into, and I do it more often than I’d like to. It starts so simply; one or another of them will come up to me, waving a piece of paper or a Lego monstrosity or a frog made out of craft foam, and more often than not, it’s … Continue reading Unconditional

Am I Nurturing Myself?

Or am I finding more ways to aggravate the stress? I don’t really have a solid plan anymore. It’s just kind of this vague, fuzzy glob of thoughts. My oldest two kids have moved out. One of them almost a thousand miles away, the other less than fifteen minutes away. I still have my twelve-year-old … Continue reading Am I Nurturing Myself?

On Being Thankful: A guest post from Mona Chicks

Happy Monday everyone! I hope my friends in the US survived the long holiday weekend filled with food, family, shopping and fun., Today I am pleased to host a guest post by Rev. Mona Chicks. Mona is an ordained American Baptist pastor (retired), who supervises the home-based learning of her profoundly gifted and twice-exceptional son. She enjoys … Continue reading On Being Thankful: A guest post from Mona Chicks

That Word…I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

"He's kind of a perfectionist," A's first-grade teacher told us around this time last year. We were a month into the school year, just about time for the first substantive teacher feedback to start trickling in, and sure enough, the tears were getting a label: the dreaded, misunderstood, p-word.  "If he doesn't get it right … Continue reading That Word…I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Surviving Middle School…So Far…

In preparation for this post, I asked my newly minted 6th grade daughter if she had any tips for surviving Middle School. She said, “Watch Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” I gave her the facial equivalent of “dash, underline, dash,” or: -_- and then said, “I can’t just tell people to go watch a kids’ … Continue reading Surviving Middle School…So Far…

4 Books About Friendships for Young Kids

Welcome to our first Book Review of the new year. For this post, educational writer Barbara Jolie brings four books about friendship for younger readers. Take it away Barbara: Back to school is an exciting time for everyone; new classes, new teachers, new clothes and new responsibilities. Sometimes our friendships are even new. Learning how … Continue reading 4 Books About Friendships for Young Kids