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Disclaimer: No Kid Is Perfect Let me start by saying my kids aren't perfect and I am not the perfect parent. I know my kids and I know how they behave. They aren't sneaky and they use their manners. Now,...
I gave my last “birds and bees” talk last year.  My youngest was 9, the golden age at which I tackle the job of informing my kids about the basics of sex.  I worked up my nerve each time,...
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 of school" picture as you...
Several months ago, I wrote about how things hadn't changed much for my family since the onset of COVID-19. Since then, my husband and I have both had it (thankfully, we are fine, and our kids never got it)...
Disclosure: This post was written and sponsored by St. Paul's Episcopal School There are Many Advantages to a Pre-K Through 8th Grade School Families today have lots of options when making a decision on a grammar school and it’s important to choose...
Planning a child's birthday party is hard work. So much time, effort, and money goes into the process, especially during the early years when inviting an entire class from school is customary. Finding the space, ordering enough food, producing...
Media Overload Every election season I get truly overwhelmed at the seemingly constant barrage of political arguments from both social media and mainstream media. Being the fight or flight person that leans very much to flight, around September, I usually...
You are the real MVPs! My children have been in your care for over a month, and I must say... BRAVO! I'm honestly not sure how you are pulling this off, but you are. Last school year ended abruptly. You...
Last Tuesday, while most metro area schools were canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Sally, a fire started in an annex building of JC Ellis Elementary School in Metairie. No one was in the building and Jefferson Parish Fire Department...
Disclaimer: This post contains zero parenting advice, is not meant to make you envy my life, and will for sure make you feel better about yourself after reading. You're welcome. I said I would write about this day as soon...
My kids were supposed to start school August 6. Then, the start date got moved to August 12. And postponed yet again to August 31. They finally started, but a short time later was the Labor Day holiday. And...
As a follow-up to my June 1 post The New JPPSS School Times are Wrecking My World,  I wanted to share how we are managing (or trying to) our new back-to-school routine that's coupled with a much-too-early start time. We...
Virtual learning ... it's not as easy as many people thought it would be. It’s not just "Kids, get on a computer and learn." Oh no, it's A LOT more involved than that. From both teachers and parents. I've been seeing...
At 33 years old, I am one semester away from graduating nursing school. Before this, I was a teacher. So, I've known for years that grades are next to meaningless, yet I didn't truly understand this concept until very...