How to Use the Parent Portal the Right Way

How to Use the Parent Portal the Right Way

It’s Friday afternoon and you get an email from the parent portal. Your child has a low grade in English. Ugh. So you open the portal to check all her grades. And lose your dang mind. To get her back on track, you’re now checking 

30 Holiday Treats to Make with Your Teen

30 Holiday Treats to Make with Your Teen

“Ms. P, Merry Christmas! These cookies are for you!” My 8th-grade student then spent 5 minutes describing the weekend he spent with his mom, baking all their family favorites. He clearly loved the tradition and spending time with his mom. Remembering his excitement made those 

5 Ways to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

5 Ways to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

In my favorite Christmas movie of all time, Clark Griswold wants nothing more than an “old-fashioned family Christmas.” Though he and his wife try their best to make the perfect holiday, it quickly goes off the rails and shenanigans ensue. Now that I have kids, 

12 Essential Holiday Gifts for Remote Learners

12 Essential Holiday Gifts for Remote Learners

High school and college in 2020 certainly look different than in years past. Students are learning remotely or attending classes just a few days a week. Many extra-curricular clubs and sports are canceled or only meeting on Zoom. So many teens are isolated from their 

How Can You Help Your Teen with Remote Learning?

How Can You Help Your Teen with Remote Learning?

“This fall must go better than last spring.” “What can I do to help my teen through this?” “I can’t work full-time and stay on top of her school work.” “How can I best parent through remote learning?” When my local school district announced that 

Overwhelm Paralysis? How to Overcome It

Overwhelm Paralysis? How to Overcome It

You have a French test and an English paper due this week, a History midterm next week, a game tomorrow night, and 3 club meetings. Oh yes, and you need to sleep. Your workload has become overwhelming and you’re shutting down fast.  There is so 

How to Get Teens Ready for Remote Learning

How to Get Teens Ready for Remote Learning

For most of us, last spring was . . . a sh*tshow. We were unexpectedly all at home. In-person schooling morphed into remote learning overnight. But since grades didn’t count for most kids, school sort of went out the window. Teens became vampires, sleeping much 

The Best Lunch Bags for Students & Teachers

The Best Lunch Bags for Students & Teachers

One year, my mom was late to school supply shopping and all the “cool” lunch bags were gone. My school year was ruined and I would clearly not make any new friends with a lame lunch bag. (You can read my tween drama in that, 

Planning a Healthy Lunch to Energize You All Day

Planning a Healthy Lunch to Energize You All Day

You have to leave the house in . . . 10 minutes. Oh jeez. As you swallow breakfast whole, you realize that you need to bring something for lunch.  Um, maybe a sandwich. Where is the mustard? Are there chips in the pantry? Are those 

How to Help Your Teen with Back to School Anxiety

How to Help Your Teen with Back to School Anxiety

Each and every summer I have a Back to School anxiety dream. While each year is slightly different, they are all variations on the same theme. It’s the first day of school and I’m not prepared.  Some years, I’m a student and I miss the