The Mom Who Hated School by Pamela Francis


Right out the gate I don’t mind telling you that “the mom” is me. Yours truly. I hate school. I hate how its overbearing "mandatoriness" runs our lives; I hate how it insinuates itself into our children’s developmental thought patterns and behavioral expectancies. I hate how it tells us – ...

Guest Blog Post: The Misunderstanding of Intelligence: 5 Ways Kids Get the Wrong Message by Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg, authors, Teaching Kids to Think


Gone are the days that parents wait until their child brings home their report card to find out how they are doing in school. Parents can check their child’s grades on-line at any time and email communication makes it much easier for parents to intervene on their child’s behalf. Pair ...

School Daze, Remnants from my past By: Lori Loesch


  Why is school such a thorn in my side?  I love school, learning.  What makes me anxious is all the extra things I feel I must do for my daughter.  There's a week where kids wear different articles of clothing.  A cowboy hat, I mean cowgirl hat, bandana, etc.  Then ...

Am I Ready For Middle School? by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


This week I went to the Parent Open House for Middle School, getting a jump on my fifth grader's future. As I trudged up the steps to the building, I had a twinge of sadness, thinking about my baby, and how the last few years have been a blur. I ...

All Aboard by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


Recently, I came across a blog post titled "What is your profession, and what has your work life taught you?" I instantly thought of how ironic it was that I was in a job that had me surrounded by children, because I never, ever, (ever) saw myself working with kids. ...

The “U” in Volunteer – by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


I am the President of the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) at my daughter's school this year, having started as Treasurer when she was in First Grade, moving on to Vice President, and finally being the lucky one to wear the "Grand Poohbah" hat, but with no fancy swearing in ...

A Little Here and There – by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


This week I had the chance to spend some time with my grandson, Corban. He's 7, and in the second grade. What a difference he is from my ten year old daughter, in more ways than the obvious. He's been raised by his single mom, her mother, her grand mother, ...

Peace of Mind from Good Weather Days by Melissa Swedoski


It's a funny thing about the weather. It can make you feel upbeat and cheerful when the sun is shining just right and the wind is gently blowing, and it's not too hot, not too cold. It can make you feel miserable inside and out when it's cold, wet, gray ...

I’m Not Ready… by Cara Potapshyn Meyers


...for the unofficial end to summer. Heck, it’s still eighty-something degrees out and my vegetable plants are just beginning to sprout! School started here yesterday. Yet, as organized as I am when it comes to my son, we were all scrambling to make sure we had all of the school supplies, ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Limiting Screen Time While Keeping Your Relations with Your Child Intact by Cynthia Gill, Co-Author, JUMP-STARTING BOYS


What is more important than the relationship with our children? I can’t think of too many things. But most parents make one of several mistakes. The first is they tend to focus more on the behavior than the child’s heart, correcting in ways that do not nurture the relationship. Punitive, ...