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 […]

Sometimes I Despair of the Foolishness: A Mother’s Rant

Heroes, I read a quote on Facebook the other day that said something to the effect of “parenting is hard when you’re doing it right.” Well, if that’s the case then I must be awfully close to perfect. Because, wow. There are days I feel like all I do is beat my head against brick […]

Building a Better Student: Empathy

Have you ever watched a child struggle with a homework assignment or a school project? They sit at the table and grimace, one hand supporting their head while the other flips through a lesson that they don’t understand. Sometimes you get exasperated, and you want to say, “How can you not get this? It’s so […]

Gift Giving Anxiety…The Easiest Way to Prepare for Christmas Shopping!

Ever notice that the holiday time seems to be an equal-parts mix of joy and anxiety? I know I’m not the only one who struggles this time of year. As much as I love the holiday spirit, part of me just feels too rushed and too anxious to really be able to enjoy it. First […]

Avoid Baby or Mommy Meltdowns While Traveling

(Editor’s note: Please welcome Colm with his suggestions to make traveling with baby easier. Thanks Colm!) Pack your patience! You hear this from so many sources that it can drive you a bit crazy. However no truer advice was given when it comes to planning a successful first trip with baby. This is the time […]

September School Update: We’re Surviving

In typical September tradition, I’m here to tell you how we’re doing with homeschooling so far. The older boys are now in 7th grade, while the younger ones are in 3rd. We got delayed by my knee injury last winter so they didn’t finish 2nd and 6th grade work until well into August. We took […]