Category: Elementary Years

Today started out as a regular ol’ Thursday.  Alarm clocks ringing, bowls of cereal spilling, frantically looking for that missing homework paper that we most definitely finished late the...

Reading was my superpower when I was growing up. As a kid, I would devour books, half a dozen at a time every single week. My reading level tests...

When should your kid get a cellphone is the universal question of our time. Not, are leggings pants or is candy corn delicious? We labor over the cellphone decision...

The research is incontrovertible. Kids need recess. Kids need recess for any number of reasons. We can use the good old American arguments: a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease...

People are always giving my kids crap. Sometimes it’s my neighbors. Other times it’s friends, or doctors, or family. And, you know what, I get it. You are a...

It happened again last week. 20 minutes before we were set to leave for school, my first grader told me that his foot and ankle were sore. I racked...

My husband, Ryan, had just dropped off our three-year-old at preschool— the same preschool where I used to teach and now sit on the board. When I answered the phone, Ryan...

You never realize how much worry comes with being a parent until you are in the thick of it. Things that never crossed your mind pre-parenthood are now your...

“Good job, Chub,” is a regular phrase in our house. Some might even say it’s overused. We say it when my son successfully goes potty and when he successfully...

Every afternoon, I pick my daughter up from school and ask the same question, “Do you have homework today?” Her answer each day is the same: “You know it,...