Pam Kocke

My name is Pam, and I live in Algiers Point with my husband George and my identical triplets Linus, Oliver, and Miles. I work from home as a Happiness Engineer for Automattic. I enjoy reading and photography and sewing (and blogging!)

I Hope 7th Grade is Better for You

Dear boys, I can't believe you're in seventh grade. I have many feelings about this. How can you already be this old? Just yesterday you were starting preschool, me taking your very first "first day...

Blogging (or not) with Older Kids

I started blogging when blogging was brand new. Before blogging software was around, even. When I had my boys, I had already been blogging for several years. Started with marathon training, then was health-focused for...

Surviving Coronavirus with Tweens

If you are the parent of an elementary school aged kid or younger, you are currently being inundated with online resources for keeping them entertained and educated. But as the mom of 12 year...

Working Remotely in the Time of Coronavirus

I've been working from home since November 2013, so I like to think I know a little bit about it. I know a lot of people work from home, it's not that unique, but...

Chatting With Messenger Kids

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Messenger Kids.  Chatting With Messenger Kids The subject of the Messenger Kids app came up in a conversation with friends recently, and one of them said, "Facebook for my...

How to Survive a Road Trip with Older Kids

Earlier this summer, my best friend and I took my three boys on a road trip to Virginia. We had a great time, and I am here to pass on my words of wisdom....

NOLA Summer Problems

It's that time of year again - hurricane's brewing, kids out of school, and it's too hot outside to move. Yeah, that's right, it's summer in NOLA and we have some problems...

Saying Goodbye … To My Minivan

A few weeks after our boys were born, my husband and I, exhausted and bleary-eyed, made a trip to Slidell and bought a used Toyota Sienna. It had low mileage and was fully loaded....

I Don’t Miss Having Babies

Recently, I was chatting with a friend, a mom with two little girls. I was lamenting our busy schedule of soccer and homework while she was expressing her relief at their relatively free schedule. But...

Puberty is Coming … What’s a Mom to Do?

I find myself as the mom of three tween boys. I have no idea how this happened. Fifteen minutes ago they were in diapers. Ten minutes ago they were into Thomas the Tank Engine,...

Slumber Party or Sanity? You Can Only Choose One

I suffered through it two years ago. After swearing I'd never, ever do it again, I endured the agony 365 days later. And a familiar refrain echoes in the halls of our small house as we...

Planet Fitness :: A Fresh New Fitness Option in Gretna

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Planet Fitness but all opinions are my own.  Planet Fitness :: A Fresh New Fitness Option in Gretna I have a confession to make. I belong to three gyms. It's...

Sew Obsessed: Taking up a New Hobby at 43

Right after Mardi Gras (worst timing ever), I was at a local craft store with the boys. They were going through a Pixar phase and were especially obsessed with The Incredibles. We went to...

Help! I’m Turning Into a Soccer Mom!

About three months ago, the words I dreaded ever hearing again were spoken by my sons. "Mom, we want to play soccer again." It's not that I have anything against soccer. It's more that I have...