Category: Elementary Years

When I first started my career in education, my supervisor told me one of the best thing I could do is not own a student’s problems. Well,  actually, he...

I can still recall the first Lego set to enter our home. My son had just turned four, and was a very calm child who enjoyed reading, playing games,...

Once upon a time, I entertained my kids practically every minute of their waking hours. My first was born in 2006, before social media was ubiquitous and any parenting-related...

If your kids are anything like mine, you’ve experienced the following scenario: You ask them to clean their rooms. They grumble and hem and haw, and you beg and...

From choosing a doctor to changing the foods we eat, we are advocating for our little people before they even make their grand entrance. And once they are here,...

Okay parents, we are officially in the thick of this thing called winter. And for some of us who live in arctic tundras like the northern Midwest, winter lasts...

When I was a teacher in an elementary school in Portland, a parent brought a loaded gun into our school during the Afterschool Program pick-up time. The gun accidently...

Scene: It’s a Tuesday night (or really any school night). You had a plan in mind of how this night was going to go. Dinner at 6. Baths at...

I remember learning phonics as a kindergartner in the mid ‘80s. I remember learning consonant combinations, vowel combinations, and a litany of rules as well as a litany of...

Hero Images / Getty Images I’m not one to jump on trends, whether they are parenting fads, the latest health craze, or the new beauty product everyone is raging...