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What We Love Now

Our bedtime routine probably looks a lot like yours: we meander upstairs after dinner. The girls get me soaking wet during bathtime. We curl up together to read a few books, and then it’s lights out. But A has been wanting to do something a little differently lately, and I'm loving it. Instead of reading [...]

Maybe it's the time of year. The many Augusts I spent in classrooms, decorating, filling out planners, creating literacy centers when I taught elementary school, and editing centers when I taught middle school. Maybe it's the fact that my son is in preschool now, so it's around this time of year that we start thinking [...]

Another mom caught me, with tears welling in my eyes, standing there in front of a display of preschool art. How odd. I’m sure she thought I was "off my meds" or something, but I couldn’t hold back as I admired my daughter’s portrait of the two of us and read her responses to the All [...]

Image Source   Have you seen this new bullying PSA from VH1? Watch it. Then we'll talk. I literally want to throw up. Where do I start? Primarily, I'm sickened at these images. Are these acts of humiliation still going on? I certainly hope not.  How would kids even string a kid up a flagpole [...]


Are Schools Failing Parents?

This weekend, I had an interesting conversation with an acquaintance. Her son, who is in elementary school, had been sent home with a note, which stated that he was having trouble in reading. She was supposed to go in for a meeting about his reading. She knows I'm a teacher, specializing in literacy, so she [...]

Last Saturday, I got to have my first book signing/book launch at Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, VA. It was really fun to be part of their weekly story hour. I got to talk about "Making Kid Time Count: 0-3: The Attentive Parent Advantage," for a couple of minutes, and then hang around and answer [...]

If you've ever had the experience of trying to corral a classroom of 30+ sixteen-year-olds with agendas all their own so you can actually prepare them for state and college-level exams (their scores on which may determine your fate as an educator), you know how important it is to figure out what makes them tick. [...]

In a few days, things will change. Every day will no longer be our own to discover; there will be a schedule on some days, which after this year, will go to a schedule every day, and we will now be connected to the school year, every year. I am truly excited for you to [...]

A couple of weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that my son was developing some unfortunate behaviors. Although I was sort of aware of these things going on with my son, I didn't realize how bad it had gotten. You know when you're too close to a problem, sometimes you just don't see [...]

When I was nine, I wrote a book. It was called, "Little Stories for Little Critters." It was five short stories, scribbled in a tattered yellow notebook. I walked around with it for weeks, reading my "drafts" to my mother, feeling so proud of my creative project. Since that little book, I knew I wanted [...]