Let Me Tell You How I Handle Candy at Easter

So, Easter was just a few days ago.  Did the boys get much in the way of Easter candy on Sunday? Nope.  I didn’t give them a thing.  Grandma gave them each a chocolate cross on Saturday, but that was it. The great thing is, they didn’t complain at all! That happens when kids get […]

How do You Teach Kids to be Deliberate?

Sooooo, I got up early this morning, as is my practice these days.  (I have to tutor kids earrrrrrrly every morning).  And as usual, the light above the stove was on. Again. I have TOLD the boys over and over and OVER that I want all lights turned off every night.  I don’t see the […]

Prepare Your Pets for Disaster

This just in from Olivia, my buddy at the ASPCA. September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it couldn’t be timelier. We at the ASPCA have teamed up with meteorologist Ginger Zee to ask that pet owners in all parts of the country prepare for their pets in the event of a natural disaster: ASPCA.org/PrepPledge. […]

Looking for Laundry in All the Wrong Places

So. A certain boy has apparently decided to be the death of me. As a member of the soccer team, he was provided with blue shorts and socks, a blue jersey, and a white jersey. The blue jersey was worn one Sunday evening to conduct a soccer team fundraiser. By Wednesday morning when he needed […]

I’ve Been Teaching Again!

Heroes, I’ve been doing something really neat for the last several months: teaching again! Specifically, I’m working for a company called VIPKID. I teach Chinese children how to speak English. Do I speak Chinese myself? Nope. Not yet. I’m going to start learning Mandarin shortly though. (I have plans.) Because VIPKID is an immersion program, […]

Underachievement Can Be SO Frustrating

So. I haven’t written here in…years. This is because of 2 reasons. One is administrative. Google didn’t like the way I had links structured and they de-listed the blog until I fixed it. Going through a thousand posts and fixing links? Not really fun. It took a good deal of the wind out of the […]