58 Thoughts Every Parent Has at Parent-Teacher Conferences

I knew it would be coming home any day on pastel green paper in all its wrinkled glory — the annual parent-teacher conference notice. I didn’t have specific reason to be nervous. My son seems to be managing academically and he even has the same teacher as last year. But the mandatory meeting to discuss my […]

16 Times the First Day of School Went Terribly, Horribly Wrong

My first day of 7th grade was the stuff of graphic novel nightmares. New to middle school and the public school system as a whole, I strutted down the locker-lined hallways decked out in the stuff of neon tweenage dreams. Determined to make everyone notice, I took it slow and smiled. People stopped and whispered. […]

A Letter of Apology to School Moms

Dear School Moms, Yes, you! And you, and you, and you, and of course, you. Allow me to start off by saying I’m sorry. I’m sorry for so many things, and believe me when I tell you I have a lot to be sorry for. You see, my son attended this elementary school for six […]

Saying Goodbye to Elementary School: Lessons in Love, Learning, and Letting Go

In four short days, Boy Wonder will walk the blacktop of his elementary school for one last time. Saying goodbye to the academic home he’s come to know the last seven years, he’ll graduate 6th grade with an army of his peers as I surely dissolve into a puddle of tears. Who is this 11-year-old […]

8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year again, parent-teacher conference season, when home and school join forces for the betterment of our students. For some, parent-teacher conferences will be one of the few times you’ll speak with your child’s teacher this year, while for others this meeting marks the first of many conversations to come. If you […]

5 Government Resources Designed to Help Navigate Back-to-School Season

I’m feeling overwhelmed at the very thought of my kids returning to school exactly one week from today.  What with new teachers, never-ending classroom supply lists, and new curricula, going back to school is every bit as hard on parents as it is on kids. You already know there’s a lot to consider when it […]

When Your Child Goes Missing

Imagine your child’s school calls to tell you he’s missing. It happened to me.

The Bored Boy Wonder

Poor Boy Wonder, his mom blogs for Babble’s Toddler Times and she’s all toddler all the time. Sometimes it’s easy to forget I’ve gots myself an almost 9 year old man-child living down the hall. I haven’t written about Boy Wonder in way too long and truthfully, there’s plenty to say. First, we started off 4th grade […]

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Third Grade

Dear Mrs. Teacher, The school year started out rough, thank goodness you never read this post (whew!).  Our love connection took a little a lot longer than expected as my son struggled with your…how do I say this politely…badass approach to discipline.  Just when I feared we’d never find our way, we began to learn […]

I Don’t Like My Son’s Teacher

[Image Credit] I DON’T LIKE MY SON’S TEACHER. Hot damn that felt good to say.  I like everybody and I still don’t like her. I don’t want to bore you with the completely rational reasons I feel this way.  You know I’m reasonable (just smile and nod), you know I hate confrontation, you know I’d […]