• Common Core or Common Sense?

    by  • June 28, 2013 • 

    Chatting with a friend a while back, I heard her say something that is as unlikely as it is obvious: Every child deserves a good school. Several months later, watching my second grader’s end-of-the-year presentation and hiding my tear-smeared face from fellow parents, I recalled that conversation. I watched in awe and amazement what...

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    The Battle for Class Placement

    by  • June 4, 2013 • 

    We start to prepare our kids for their future from a young age. As we teach them the alphabet and how to count, we hope that one day they will accomplish big things. Finally, with the right mix of pulling strings and a certain amount of luck, we find the “perfect” school. We think...

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    What Your Kids Should Be Reading

    by  • May 7, 2013 • 

    In our house children’s books come and go at a brisk pace. Brought in by the pound from our son’s school library, they get read and shipped back via his backpack in a matter of days. He reads a lot. I should be proud. But what kind of books is he reading? And, given...

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    Teaching Kids to Stand Up for Themselves

    by  • April 24, 2013 • 

    If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us will admit that there are experiences in our childhood we would like to forget. Trouble is that we can’t. These events have marked us for the rest of our lives. For me it was something that happened in sixth grade. As I was sitting on a...

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    A Few Clicks Away From Stupid

    by  • April 10, 2013 • 

    Your eyes are barely open and your hair is dripping wet from the shower. You haven’t had a chance to drink your morning coffee yet. But you already know your schedule for the day and you know what to expect at work based on the emails you’d already read. You know who’d texted you...

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    Can’t Live with Him! Can’t Live without Him!

    by  • April 4, 2013 • 

      “Why do the three names on the door of the dentist’s office have the same last name?” my youngest asked.  “They come from one family,” I responded. “At first, their father worked alone and when his sons became dentists, he invited them to join him. When he retired, they took over the business...

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    Their Future is Our Design

    by  • March 12, 2013 • 

    “Mommy is half of so many things!” interrupted my son as I chatted with someone I’ve just met. Obviously, the question was, “So, what do you do?” My conversation partner, smitten by my kid’s social skills, forgot to raise an eyebrow. The topic quickly turned to: “Oh what a great boy you’ve got!” “Thank you, my sweet child”,...

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    The One Milestone They Should Skip

    by  • February 26, 2013 • 

    The other day as I scrolled through my facebook feed, I noticed a beautiful picture of a first-time mother gazing at her precious baby. The love on her face was immense; I could imagine the hopes and dreams she had for her tiny bundle. She looked happy and at peace. The fact that there...

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    To The End of Love

    by  • February 13, 2013 • 

    Today I am participating in the “Around the Bonfire” series on http://www.kludgymom.com/ — a blog by a brilliant, witty, and honest writer, Gigi Ross. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s no surprise what’s on my mind. Please come along with me to visit Gigi and to read exactly what I think about...

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    Friends? Take a Number.

    by  • February 5, 2013 • 

    She lived across the street and our parents thought it was better for young girls to walk to school together. And that we did, every day for the next three years of our lives. We were inseparable. Then one day my family left Ukraine and it became harder to be close. We wrote on...

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    Legitimately Illegible?

    by  • January 22, 2013 • 

    It’s homework time. We try to guide our children through this daily exercise, helping them to retain the information they’ve learned in class. We also try not to have a nervous breakdown in the process or drink excessively as a result. That’s easier said than done. Homework woes are different for everyone. Some children struggle with...

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    The Promised Slopes

    by  • January 8, 2013 • 

    We started the day in good spirits. It was supposed to be a typical final day of the year filled with several “must do” errands. My husband promised our boys to take them skiing and there was no way some unexpected snowflakes were going to stand in their way. Everyone was very excited to...

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