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Moving On Up To Middle School

My daughter has always been in some form of schooling since she was 12 weeks old. Because my husband and I both work, she started daycare then. I watched her grow, advancing through the toddler rooms and then the preschool rooms. Soon she graduated and started kindergarten. I remember thinking, “Wow, how did this happen?!” […]

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The 5 Stages of Preparing for Back to School

As a teacher, August seems like a perpetual Sunday.  If you are like me and often face the “Sunday Scaries,” then you should know what I am talking about. August is like a countdown back to schedules, to packing lunches, fighting over getting homework done, running from activity to activity, and of course all of this […]

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Why I Make My Son Write Thank You Notes

Writing thank you notes sucks. It’s a chore on par with unloading the dishwasher and cleaning out the lint filter in the dryer.   But getting gifts doesn’t suck. Few things are more exciting than ripping open wrapping paper or breaking my nails ungluing the flaps of an Amazon box that I didn’t order for myself. Yup, receiving gifts […]

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