Archive for August 2013

11 facts about Labor Day and its origins

<strong>Where was the first Labor Day observed in the U.S.?</strong> <Br><br>  New York City. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in the Big Apple. It was a tribute to working men and women and to show their solidarity.
Hooray for Labor Day weekend! For many, the holiday marks the end of summer. The origins of the holiday, however, have less to do with seasonal shifts and much more to do with labor movement and the need for a respite from grueling work schedules and conditions. In talking about the reason for the long... Read more »

College scholarships for athletes are rare, but that doesn't stop parents from talking about them

College scholarships for athletes are rare, but that doesn't stop parents from talking about them
Today I’m at Families in the Loop with the piece, “Why Focusing on Athletic Scholarships Hurts Our Kids.” Parents talk about college scholarships all the time, be it in regard to the third grader who plays better than his or her teammates to the middle schooler who catches some eyes. First, have you ever heard... Read more »

Sharing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech with tweens and teens

Sharing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech with tweens and teens
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28,... Read more »
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What I wish I'd known about the school lunch menu before school started

What I wish I'd known about the school lunch menu before school started
I worked hard to get my tween’s first few days of junior high off to a great start. I was Ms. Back to School, covering everything from decorating lockers to walking her schedule to make sure she knew where she was going. I tried to cover all the bases, including having weeks worth of lunch... Read more »

A first day of school tradition that goes back 31 years

A first day of school tradition that goes back 31 years
For my first day of first grade, my mom purchased and read to me the book Grover Goes to School by Dan Elliott. I was a Sesame Street fan, and this tale of Grover’s desire to make friends and please people even if it meant giving away his favorite new school supplies rang true with... Read more »

Similarities abound between middle school and kindergarten

Similarities abound between middle school and kindergarten
Today is the first day of junior high for my girl. With all the preparation of locker decorating and schedule learning and measuring straps on dresses to make sure that they are at least an inch wide per the school dress code, I was caught up in how very grown up my girl is. And... Read more »
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Law to parents: No, you cannot have full access to your child's medical records

Law to parents: No, you cannot have full access to your child's medical records
I took my tween to the doctor for her annual check up last week. I was surprised to learn on this visit that parents of older tweens have limited access to medical records for their tweens. “State and Federal law restricts parental access to certain medical information for minors age 12-17.” The form states that,... Read more »

The night before school starts, we carbo-load for the academic marathon

The night before school starts, we carbo-load for the academic marathon
The school year is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Marathoners carbo-load the night before a race, so on the night before school starts, we are headed to my tween’s favorite Italian restaurant and we’re going to carbo-load for sixth grade. What better way to kick off a new year at a new school than... Read more »

Tween slumber party surprise: peace and quiet

Tween slumber party surprise: peace and quiet
My tween celebrated her birthday with a slumber party with 7 other tweens. I was prepared for craziness, sleeplessness and lots of piercing squeals. What I was not prepared for, though, was for the perhaps most poignant moment of the night. The moment when all the tweens stopped, breathed and were still. And quiet. And... Read more »
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On my tween daughter's birthday: I will love you long after you're gone, gone, gone

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I adore the Phillip Phillips’ song “Gone, Gone, Gone.” I know it’s a romantic song about the lengths to which one will go for a lover, but yesterday, as I stood in our garage watching my girl make up a tap dance to the song we both like so much, it struck me that the... Read more »