Parenting

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

This is a guest post by Sarah Cummings. Teenagers are known for their moodiness, getting in relentless tit-for-tat spats with their parents, and sleeping all day long. But this might not be how teenagers are supposed to behave after all. And there is a solution […]

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

This lady loves a good bargain. A few years ago, I was inspired by the show Extreme Couponing and went all in. My crazy couponing days are past me, but I still break out the coupons every fall for some thrifty Back to School shopping. […]

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 […]

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

In my husband’s favorite Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story”, every student gives their teacher the same gift – an apple – for Christmas. Except for Ralphie, of course, who brings an entire fruit basket. Teachers, especially elementary school teachers, get inundated with similar gifts during […]

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

It’s the most magical time of the year – no, not the end of the school year. It’s the holiday season, when I slowly gain weight from all the chocolates and cookies my students bring me. And I eat.them.all. #norestraint   You probably already know […]