Virtual camps, workshops and more to keep kids active and engaged this summer

Virtual camps, workshops and more to keep kids active and engaged this summer
As the 2019-20 school year comes to an end, some parents are scrambling to find ways to keep their children active and engaged. Many summer camps and programs have either been reduced to accommodate social distancing or canceled altogether. Daycare centers are starting to reopen in some places, which is great for parents who have... Read more »

Teacher Appreciation Week: Fun Ways to Celebrate Virtually

Teacher Appreciation Week: Fun Ways to Celebrate Virtually
While many students have been learning remotely from home, teachers are still playing a critical role in educating their students. My daughter has a full schedule of Zoom sessions with her teacher three days a week and recorded lessons on YouTube for the other two days. Her teacher is constantly uploading and grading assignments, offering... Read more »

Now is NOT the time for parent shaming...

Now is NOT the time for parent shaming...
Let me be clear, there is never a time to shame other parents. It’s always wrong. However, now, it seems as if parent shaming is at an all-time high not only from non-parents who don’t get it anyway typically, but also from other parents who should really know better. We are living amid a global... Read more »
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Fun and Educational Online Activities to Keep Kids Thinking and Playing

Fun and Educational Online Activities to Keep Kids Thinking and Playing
Schooling from home has become the norm for households across the global amid COVID-19.  Many parents (myself included) have found ourselves playing a more direct role in educating our children. Don’t get me wrong, our household is pretty involved with schooling to begin with, and regularly review homework assignments and give feedback on graded classwork... Read more »

Do What's Best for Your Family During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Do What's Best for Your Family During the Coronavirus Quarantine
Many of us are preparing for another (or first for some) week of working remotely, not working at all and/or homeschooling our children while schools are closed as a result of COVID-19. Last week was pretty rough in our household, not because teaching our child is outside the normal, but because this situation itself is... Read more »

Schooling From Home Tips for Parents to Keep Class in Session

Schooling From Home Tips for Parents to Keep Class in Session
Today was the first of many days of schooling and working from home in our household due to state mandated school closures as a result of COVID-19. This is now the reality for many families across the country, as we await the end of this global pandemic. Many schools are sending classwork home  to ensure that students... Read more »
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Don't Wait to Be Great: Project I Am Celebrates 4 Years of Helping the Homeless

Don't Wait to Be Great: Project I Am Celebrates 4 Years of Helping the Homeless
Don’t wait to be great. This powerful message is one that 12 year old Jahkil Jackson has as a tagline for his nonprofit organization, Project I Am.  Those word have been a reality for him since he started the organization four years ago, at only eight years old. Since then, he’s been acknowledged by the... Read more »

#GirlDad Means a Lot to Me as a Mom

#GirlDad Means a Lot to Me as a Mom
This week started with a horrific tragedy that left many across the world feeling devastation and heartbreak for the families involved. Five daughters (three teens and two daughters turned mothers) were killed in the helicopter crash that claimed the life of NBA great, Kobe Bryant and two other men on board. While their families, friends,... Read more »

TikTok Safety Tips for Parents

TikTok Safety Tips for Parents
TikTok is an extremely popular social media platform used by people of all ages, but it’s definitely a favorite among tweens and teens. As parents, we must monitor our children’s social media engagement closely. While TikTok consists of tons of fun video content and viral challenges, there are still comment and direct messaging capabilities, which... Read more »
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The Toys R Us Adventure is Opening in Chicago Tomorrow

The Toys R Us Adventure is Opening in Chicago Tomorrow
Growing up, trips to Toys R Us always felt like a treat. This is why it was so hard when the news broke that our beloved retailer that made it okay to never want to grow up was closing it’s doors. I was so sad, I wrote about it way back when. This is also... Read more »