“Later Mom Goes Later Teacher; Gets dissed” by Pamela Francis


When I signed on to be the 4th Grade Afterschool teacher at an urban elementary school in Los Angeles, in addition to my job as the 5th Grade Teaching Partner at same school, I had visions of holding sway over a roomful of – I stop here because I realize, slowly, ...

The Raising of the Soft and Entitled… aka the Millennials…. By Vicky Dal Molin


It hit me recently that I have been playing into what I have come to realize has become a generation of parents who just don’t parent anymore. Where and when did having to actually parent disappear? It’s a Saturday afternoon and my almost 3 year old decides to start arguing with me ...

Tick Tick Tick…. Where does time go? By Vicky Dal Molin


So it’s been quite a while since I last wrote and for that I feel extremely slack and take full responsibility for. I just cannot believe how much time has passed by without me realizing. I kept putting off and putting off finishing my blog each week and now we ...

Becoming “That” Mom. What I Was Never Told About Having A Toddler! by Vicky Dal Molin


I became one of those mum’s this past weekend. You know the ones that you see in the department store or supermarket, their child throwing a tantrum of a lifetime throwing themselves around the floor. And it shouldn’t have surprised me really but the looks that I got as I ...

Pierced Ears by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


Today my 10-year old daughter and her 12-year old best friend got their ears pierced.  I may have been more excited than my daughter. It's been a long time coming, this tradition of nearly every American girl. I have always told Erica that this was her decision, and something she ...

A Wife, Mother and Now, a Brand by Melissa Swedoski


Can you effectively juggle all the things you have going in your life? I'm not even talking about balance, because as someone recently pointed out to me, there is no such thing. When you are with your kids, your work life is out of balance. When you're at work, your ...

5th Grade Science by Conlee Ricketts


My daughter had to participate in an “Egg Drop” again for science class this year. Last year she had to create something to keep her egg safe from a two story drop. She had to work on her own, at home, and using any supplies she wanted. This year, at ...

When I’m 95 by Conlee Ricketts


 The following is a personal exercise I did during a 21 day course called Remember and Do What Matters offered by Artist, Author, and Actionista, Mary Anne Radmacher.  The exercise was for me to write a letter to myself now, from my 95 year old self.  Enjoy a private peek ...

Call Me…Maybe by Conlee Ricketts


I set my ringer to “Vintage,” turned off all my other phone alerts and went to bed. I had decided to try a day without texts, emails and social media. I announced on Facebook that if anyone needed me they would actually have to call me. I knew my “absence from ...

Mary Margaret by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


I was nine years old, and had just moved to a new neighborhood. My parents timed it so I would start fourth grade at the beginning of the school year, so being the new kid might be a little less difficult. I don't quite remember if it was in class ...