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End-of-the-Year Teacher Gifts :: Support Local Businesses We've Almost Made It We've almost made it to the end of the school year (almost being the key word here)! While we do not have to worry about end-of-the-year parties, recitals, and tournaments,...
Let's just give our kids whatever they want . . . said no parent ever. It seems strange being the adult and giving our kids the power to pick their own battles. However, every human being--big or small--needs to...
After reading The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies, I was inspired to make several changes in our home. One of the many topics discussed in this book is how to set up Montessori-style spaces. I loved how thoughtfully and...
Scene One “Ooh, look at this one,” the mama-to-be cooed to her husband. She was only ten weeks pregnant. They hadn’t told any friends yet, only their closest family members. They were spending a warm spring Saturday afternoon window shopping,...
Dear Graduating Seniors, An important chapter of your life has just ended. Abruptly. You didn’t see it coming, you couldn’t plan for it, and you don’t know how to sort out your feelings. To put it lightly, you are devastated....
I am a rule follower by nature. Actually, not just a rule follower, but a recommendation follower as well. So, as soon as I found out I was pregnant with our oldest child, I started researching. I made sure...
I first learned about ADHD when I was in college. I tutored elementary aged African-American children in the inner city of East St. Louis, Illinois. Two of the children I tutored had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They were...
Individualized Education Program I’ve been attending IEP meetings now for 13 years. That’s hard for me to believe as I type this. An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is much more than just a written legal document or plan for your...

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The Terrible Twos Mamas: I am writing to you from the trenches. There is screaming, gnashing of teeth, fit-throwing, tears, and snotty noses that run at the sight of tissues. There are daily meltdowns over the most random things. I...
In the South, people always ask about your upbringing. It’s really just polite conversation. Who’s your grandma? Where were you raised? Do you cheer for Auburn or Alabama? Where did you go to high school? That last question always gets...

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