The horrific events in Charleston, South Carolina. I struggle with what to say, what to do. But I can’t wait for clarity before saying something. My heart goes to those families. To the members of that church. To every person who lives in fear, unprotected. Without sanctuary. Not long ago my family watched the movie Selma together. My kids were […]
Real-world advice that will make getting ready for summer camp easier (and cheaper) for parents of first-time campers.
I’m no stranger to speaking up for my kids at school.
Both my kids have needed help handling the social and academic expectations of the classroom. At times, this has required me to reach out to their teachers for clarification (“Are you seeing in class what I’m seeing at home?”), or as translator (“When he gets anxious he blurts out answers.”). No problem.
Sometimes, however, I have to take on the role of advocate (“She needs to be able to eat a snack before lunch to help her concentrate.”) and challenger (“I’d like to talk to you about something that’s concerning me.”).
This is hard to do, because I wrestle with something I’ve craved ever since I was a kid: I want the teacher to like me.
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Is a “consequence” really a politically-correct term for “punishment?” For some, yes. But here’s how I see the (often subtle) distinction between consequences and punishment. Getting clear on the difference has changed the dynamics in my family.
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We’ve had a breakthrough with my kids’ chores. Not because we discovered a magical new chore system for older kids — but because we finally held our kids accountable to the chore system we’re already using. Chores for Older Kids: Expect More As They Get Older When my kids were little, the daily chore list was simple: hang […]
So! The holidays are upon us. Hopefully this collection of hacks will help you streamline so you can relax and enjoy the holidays a little quicker (which means enjoying them a lot more). Getting organized for the holidays Let your calendar remind you to try new seasonal activities Let Santa take away the old toys, […]
My kids just started middle- and high school and I still hate packing school lunches.
Golden’s hack helps her kids learn to better manage their time.