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Apr19

Discussing Safety with Children: Something I wish I wasn’t buzzing about.

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We thought, in light of this week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech, it would be a good day to share some resources to help parents talk to children about school violence. It’s relatively easy for me to shield my kids from news reports and images about these tragedies. After 9/11, my daughter was not quite three […]

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Apr17
The Best Music Boxes: a Round Up

The Best Music Boxes: a Round Up

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I get email asking me for gift ideas for newborns and birthday presents for three year olds and I have to be quite honest here. I am the worst at buying gifts. I will do a round up of some good baby presents at some point in the near(ish) future, but until then, consider this […]

Mar01
Cat in the Hat Anniversary: I wanted this post to have 236 words. Oops.

Cat in the Hat Anniversary: I wanted this post to have 236 words. Oops.

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I was doing so well keeping up with my Tuesday and Thursday publishing schedule. I created an organizational system so I’m not spending 12 hours trying to decide what to write about. But then my son’s toenail had to be removed and all my money went flying out of my pocket…so I was preoccupied. (COBRA, […]

Feb27
Best Children’s Social Networks: Virtual Worlds– Virtual Sanity.

Best Children’s Social Networks: Virtual Worlds– Virtual Sanity.

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I tend to beat figurative dead horses. They stay still when they’re dead and make it easier to aim. The dead horse I am currently beating, or was until yesterday is Midwinter Vacation. Midwinter Break, another attempt by school administrators to make me crazy (-ier). I picture them in a meeting with a pie chart […]

Jan11

Best Jokes for Kids: So, a priest, a rabbi and a panda bear walk into a bar…..

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I started a mental collection of jokes to tell my kids after 62 sessions of “Knock Knock” “Who’s there?” “Poo Poo Head!” threatened to implode my head. For the uneducated, let me explain: Poo Poo Head is not a funny Knock Knock joke. At least not after the 30th time. Poo Poo Head can be […]

Dec14
Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids: Auld Lang Syne is Scots for ‘Is Melissa Asleep?’

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids: Auld Lang Syne is Scots for ‘Is Melissa Asleep?’

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You would think, with all my November talk of holiday shopping and getting your cards out, I had completed all my Christmas preparations in the first weekend in December and have been sitting by the warm light of the tastefully decorated Christmas tree with a cup of eggnog all month calm in the face of […]

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