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How to Help Your Child's Teacher Survive the End of the School Year

How to Help Your Child’s Teacher Survive the End of the School Year

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! And while we teachers absolutely love your thoughtful words and gifts (and Starbucks gift cards), there’s one thing we appreciate the most: parents having our backs as we head into the end of the school year. Ask any teacher, and he or she will probably shudder just thinking about it: that […]

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Kindergarten is Stealing My Child’s Joy

I vaguely remember kindergarten. I know it was only half-day. I sat at the blue square table. The most important things were sharing and learning letters, numbers, and colors. Yes, times have changed. The American school system has changed. I see articles daily either about how much pressure we’re putting on our young school children or […]

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A Letter to My Fellow Daycare Parents: Please Keep Sick Kids at Home

I thought we daycare parents were in this crazy circus of drop-offs, pick-ups, and runny noses together. You know the drill; multiple times a week we smile and offer each other a quick hello while taking our children to or from their classroom before hurrying out, all while trying to not leave a shoe, sippy […]

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PCS’ing to Belgium? Here Are 8 Reasons Why SHAPE is the Place to “BE”

The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) is located near Mons, Belgium (about 30 minutes south of Brussels) and is the military headquarters for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Because it is a posting that you don’t hear about very often, it can be difficult to find information about life at SHAPE. We (Sarah and […]

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Raising Brave Kids in a Fearful World: 5 Things to STOP Doing Now

Raising Brave Kids in a Fearful World: 5 Things to STOP Doing Now

I once thrived on current events and the daily buzz of world news that streamed to my phone and television. Now, it seems that I wait with bated breath for the next news update that will take my breath away. Like many fellow parents, I’m concerned about how my child will eventually process these instances. […]

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Go Back To Where You Came From: What the Playground Taught Me About Racism

A few months ago, my 10-year-old daughter came home from school and said, “Mom, today at school, a girl told me to go back where I came from. She also told me that they are a certain type of family here, and I just don’t fit in. I am not like them. What did she […]

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School Lunch 101: The Basics

*Special thanks to a military mom of five for all of this great information. I LOVE school supplies. My favorite time of year was back to school shopping. There is nothing better than new notebooks, folders, pens, and something to organize it all. Even now, while I am insufferably cheap and use random pens that […]

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I’m a SAHM … But I Miss My Job

Hi, I’m a stay at home mom and I have a confession to make: I miss my job. You see, I’ve been a working mom the last five years. While I worked full-time as a high school English teacher, my twin daughters attended a wonderful daycare.  Being a working mom was something in which I […]

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