Parenting

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Looking back on my teen summers, my memories are . . . pretty hazy. All right, I don’t remember much except when we left home for a vacation. Other than that, they all blend. I believe I spent my time going to friends’ houses, reading, […]

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

My first year of teaching was exhausting. Literally and figuratively. There were multiple times when I took a nap Friday afternoon and woke up the next morning.   But I survived my first year and was proud of what I had done. Yet, when I […]

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

I was a tad… high strung in high school and college about academics. Bless her, my mother regularly received crying phone calls from me when I got overwhelmed. Much of the time, letting me talk it out usually sufficed. But there were times when I […]

9 Thrifty (But Awesome) Teacher Appreciation Gifts

9 Thrifty (But Awesome) Teacher Appreciation Gifts

A friend of mine has SEVEN children. Seven. They range in age from preschool to high school. I started thinking about Teacher Appreciation Week and how darn expensive that could get for her family. Especially, factoring in multiple teachers or coaches at the middle and […]

9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

9 Ways to Bond with Your Teen over Christmas Break

I was raised by a busy single mom. But every year she took extra time off during Christmas Break to spend with my brother and me. Family time got harder to come by as we got older. Jobs, friends, and other commitments got in the […]

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

Why I’m Thankful for the Teens in my Life

“Wow – you teach high school? That must be rough. Teenagers are horrible.” I have heard variations of that phrase over and over again through the years. Have you? Have you said it yourself? Everyone seems to hate teenagers. And I get it. They can […]

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

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Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

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Parent-Teacher Conferences: Make the Most of Short Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Make the Most of Short Conferences

Have you attended a cattle call, I mean high school parent-teacher conferences lately? You have 2 hours to meet with as many teachers as possible. The teachers are all sitting at desks in the gym with the world’s smallest timers. Do you stand in a […]

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Moby Dick was almost my downfall. I was in junior Advanced English and doing well. Until we read Moby Dick. Half the time I had no idea what was happening in the book, let alone the deeper meaning and symbols. Yet all my classmates seemed […]