Archive for August 2016

On parenting mistakes and forgiveness

On parenting mistakes and forgiveness
“Would you like a do over?” I think it’s pretty safe to say that many of us would love to hear those words regarding something we’ve done when parenting our kids. I know there are many times that I would certainly jump at the chance. Many of them came to mind tonight during Blogapalooza. Blogapalooza... Read more »

New study highlights important talks about tech you should have with your kids

New study highlights important talks about tech you should have with your kids
Parenting teens and tweens in the digital age is something that we are all figuring out together, and most parents are very well aware that there are many important talks about tech you should have with your kids. Keeping Up with Generation App: NCSA Parent/Teen Online Safety Survey, a new study co-sponsored by Microsoft and... Read more »

Celebrating the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with my daughter

Celebrating the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with my daughter
We are having cake tonight after dinner. I wanted to mark an occasion in a way that would feel special to my teen daughter and, well, cake is always a good way to do that. We’ll be celebrating that women in the United States gained the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the... Read more »
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Letter to my daughter on her first day of high school

Letter to my daughter on her first day of high school
Dear daughter, Tomorrow you start high school and I couldn’t be more excited for you. I know you’re worried about remembering your locker combination and which staircase to take, and yes, I’ve already bugged you today by showing you the photo from your first day of kindergarten. But if you’d be so kind as to... Read more »

Olympic humor: Mary Carillo's epic rant about backyard badminton

We’ve been watching the Olympics a lot in our house and have loved watching amazing athletes like Simone Biles and Michael Phelps take home the gold with incredible performances. This year’s games, however, haven’t been overly hilarious, so it’s time to revisit Mary Carillo’s epic rant about badminton from the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.... Read more »

Parental thoughts on high school orientation

Parental thoughts on high school orientation
In the past 24 hours, my thoughts on my daughter starting high school next week have run the gamut. I’ve changed course or contradicted myself several times, typically within a few hours. There’s a lot to process in terms of both emotions and information. For me, those are often related. Here’s what’s gone through my... Read more »
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15 great quotes about books

15 great quotes about books
I love quotes, and I love books. It seems only right to compile some wonderful quotes about books and how magical and important they are in honor of National Book Lovers Day. “Books are uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out... Read more »

14 Fun facts about Rio de Janeiro

14 Fun facts about Rio de Janeiro
One of the many reasons I love the Olympics is that it’s an opportunity  to learn about the host city. If you’ll be watching your favorite athletes go for the gold, you may enjoy these fun facts about Rio de Janeiro. – Rio de Janeiro translates to “River of January,” which is what Portuguese explorers... Read more »

Roundup of posts with good advice on parenting tweens and teens

Roundup of posts with good advice on parenting tweens and teens
Parenting adolescents is far from easy, but and thankfully there are a lot of good, smart people on the internet sharing wisdom and offering some solid advice. Here are a few of the pieces I’ve read online recently that I thought you might find helpful like I did. High School Stress: What This Teacher (and... Read more »
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