How to Cut the Stress This Holiday Season

How to Cut the Stress This Holiday Season

I love the holidays – I send Christmas cards, bake cookies, decorate the house, bake cookies, sing Christmas carols, watch holiday movies, and bake cookies. However, along with all the fun comes the expectations. That you will attend holiday events, buy Christmas presents for everyone…

Why Every School Needs an Ugly Sweater Day

Why Every School Needs an Ugly Sweater Day

“Ms. P – are you ready for Ugly Sweater Day?” When my student came up to me after class, this was not the question I expected. It turns out that this school had a long tradition of Ugly Sweater Day. The day before Winter Break,…

9 Top Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Teen

9 Top Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Teen

If I let him, my husband would set up our Christmas decorations on November 1. But I won’t let him. I firmly believe in celebrating one holiday at a time. So, no decorations until after Thanksgiving. And then we go big. Big tree, lots of…

The Best Gifts for the Coffee Addicted Teacher

The Best Gifts for the Coffee Addicted Teacher

I’m going to let you in on a big secret. Ready? Teachers love coffee. Like, really 🤎 it. In every school I have taught in, the coffee maker is the hottest spot, next to the copy machine. Above the aroma of brewing coffee and clinking…

How to Make the Most of Short Winter Days

How to Make the Most of Short Winter Days

One fall, my roommate and I got in a doozy of an argument about . . . Daylight vs. Standard Time. He was going hiking the day the clocks turned back. I warned him that the sun would go down an hour earlier, so he…

How to Improve Your Grades in 4 Weeks

How to Improve Your Grades in 4 Weeks

“Hey, Ms. P. My grades aren’t that great right now. What can I do to improve it?” “Well, the semester ends this week. So at this point, nothing. I wish you’d come to me a month ago because there are so many things you could…

Student Self Care: How to Unwind and Destress

Student Self Care: How to Unwind and Destress

A few years back, I found my middle school diary. One thing that struck me (other than the generally high level of melodrama in my life) was how stressed I was by schoolwork. In the 8th grade. By college, I definitely had a few breakdowns…

3 Ways to Help Your Teen Own Their Education

3 Ways to Help Your Teen Own Their Education

When I started college, I was shocked by what my fellow freshmen were unable to do – laundry, making their beds, making a simple meal, and the list went on. Some of them were having a LOT of problems handling the adult portion of their…

How A Nightly Routine Makes for a Better Tomorrow

How A Nightly Routine Makes for a Better Tomorrow

For those of you (all right, most of you) who are too young to experience the joy of sleep training an infant – it’s tough, but so necessary. For those not in the know, babies wake up during the night. A lot. Sleep training is…

How to Avoid These Common Study Fails

How to Avoid These Common Study Fails

When I joined a gym for the first time, I really wanted to use the weight machines. But, I didn’t know how to use them. And I was too intimidated to ask anyone. “The trainers are working – I don’t want to interrupt them working.…