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Kindergarten is Hard … on Me

Preschool to kindergarten is a tough transition. It means less sleep, less freedom and less family time. It also means more work, more rules and more distance between friends in different school districts. It’s a major change that is bound to cause some tears and frustration. And yeah, I guess it’s also hard for the […]

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When I Failed to Recognize his Anxiety

Dear sweet not-so-baby boy, I’m writing this letter to you as an apology. You are beyond a doubt the sweetest, most kind-hearted, gentle soul I have ever met. I’m so sorry for what I have done over your past 8 years, and I’m sorry for what I have not done. Kellen Thomas, you mean the […]

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Private School Guilt

Private School Guilt

Any time someone asks me where our soon-to-be kindergartner will be going to school next year, I cringe and try to change the subject. As a product of public schools, a public school teacher, and someone who believes vehemently in social justice and closing the achievement gap, I struggle to explain to people why we […]

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The Time I Had My Sons Sign a Contract

My children can be stubborn, opinionated, I-must-be-right-all-the-time little people… kind of like their mother. Last winter I noticed something though; my older three (triplet boys, age 8 at the time) thrived on being bossed around in more official ways!  Sadly, me asking them to put their dirty laundry in the basket was not official enough. What […]

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Parent-Teacher Conferences: The Unspoken Truth

Parent-Teacher Conferences: The Unspoken Truth

Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. What if I told you that bubbling right below the surface is a conversation that your child’s teachers would love to have with you – but probably won’t? It’s a conversation that needs to be had for the benefit of your child, but it isn’t an easy one to start. Its overall […]

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Balancing Lesson Plans with Life Lessons

Note: This post is the fourth in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for more from this series next Tuesday! I’m not saying that I’m brilliant, but I hang around a lot of brilliant people – brilliant people with brilliant kids receiving brilliant awards in their brilliant activities and associations. So you can […]

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