Looking for a Preschool? Here’s What’s Important.

Choosing a quality preschool is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your child. Early childhood education plays a seminal role in cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. It prepares young learners for long-term academic and life success. But what should you look for when researching preschools in your area? Professor Deborah Stipek, former […]

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3 Tips to Connect with Your Child’s Teacher

Confession: I’m a total teacher dork and after a long break (which does seem to go by way too quickly) I love back to school time! As much as I am itching to smell freshly sharpened pencils, plan new exciting lessons, and set up my classroom, what I look forward to most is meeting my new little […]

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Mommy, Put Away Your Phone

Mommy, Put Your Phone Away

It’s a gorgeous August evening. The peepers are peeping, the moon has just popped out, and my 3-and-half-year-old son and I are enjoying one of our favorite summer traditions: porch popsicles. A pretty perfect night for us. Suddenly I hear  it: “Mommy, put your phone away.” Busted. He caught me checking my Twitter feed when […]

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Is Anyone Listening to Me?

This is painful for me to admit, but here it goes: my kids don’t listen to me. There. I said it. I am completely embarrassed about this too. It’s not that I think I’m a fantastic mom who can do it ALL flawlessly and make it look easy. I will never be that mom, and […]

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‘Children Don’t Belong in Nice Restaurants’ and other Falsehoods

Every parent has experienced that ominous feeling. A relatively peaceful meal out with the family – a rare indulgence since having the kids – about to be disrupted by an adorable but incorrigible tiny person. The tears are about to flow, but not before letting out a blood-curdling shriek and maybe hurling a fork across […]

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He is me from the nose down, his dad from the eyes on up.

Raising a Biracial Child

A few years ago I read a National Geographic article about what Americans will look like in 2050, exploring the trend toward cultural and racial mixing. The faces in the accompanying photographs featured goldeny hazel eyes and olive mocha skin framed by thick, shiny hair. I thought to myself, I wonder what it would be […]

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Shift Work As A Mom

Shift Work …As a Mom

When I decided to pursue meteorology for my career, the idea of having to work shifts never even occurred to me. I remember surviving my first midnight shift back in college as a volunteer intern at the National Weather Service, and then quickly declaring I would never do it again. In fact, it was a […]

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Only Four More Summers

Only Four More Summers

In just a matter of a few days. I will be in the seventh layer of hell known as back to school. My family will sluggishly wake up and slowly go through the motions as I yell “hurry, we are going to be late!” no less than 68,603 times. While some parents relish in sending their […]

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