Marsha Roth

“I’m Marsha, the devoted wife of a Nebraska Husker fan, mother to a sweet laid back 11-year-old boy named Kellen and a 9-year-old spunky know-it-all named Rowen. I am a Kansas City native, proud Northwest Bearcat Alumni, and enthusiastic 4th grade teacher! I enjoy stolen moments where I can read in peace, indulging in chocolate chip cookies whenever possible, tending to my vegetable garden and finding new ways to annoy my daughter! My goal in life is to be my authentic self, follow the motto of ‘She did what she could,’ and share that with other moms!”
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Picasso Problems: What to Do with Your Child’s Artwork

We’ve all been there. Your sweet little cherub pulls out the newest piece of prized art work and holds it in their grubby little hands waiting for you to admire it. Then if you...

Key to a Great Year: Communication with Your Child’s Teacher

School is right around the corner! Nerves are riding high as we all ask, will this be a "normal" school year? Masks? Social distance? Virtual learning? And where did the hot girl summer go? Despite...
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Car Shopping During a Global Chip Shortage

OK, so way back in 2017, my family stepped into the greatest club we didn’t know we wanted to be a part of...minivan life! We welcomed Winnie the Mini into our lives one warm...
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Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health

We can all agree that our children are the most important things in our lives. We would do anything for them, go full on mama bear to protect them. Cuts, scrapes, bruises—we bandage it...
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What Romance Novels Got Wrong

Romance novels like 50 Shades, Crossfire, After, even the Twilight series got it all wrong. Poor innocent clumsy girl needs saving from a successful, often rich man who is usually reformed but still harboring some deep,...
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Sharing Black History with an All White Class

With Black History Month upon us, I have been nervously trying to figure out how I plan to incorporate Black history into a classroom full of white fourth and fifth graders. I am the...
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Tips for Life on the Hybrid Schedule

Life on the hybrid schedule sucks. I wrote this post twice, and when I reread each one, I realized all I was doing was venting and complaining and making myself angry all over again. So,...
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No Fall Classroom Parties, No Problem: Ways to Celebrate at Home

The sound of plastic costumes. The smell of sweaty children racing from craft to craft. The spider rings. The candy apples that are too hard to eat. The giggles and excitement of fall classroom...
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Video Games are Changing How Kids Play

Back in the day, play used to consist of banging on neighbors' doors and riding bikes (sans helmets) all over the neighborhood, possibly to the gas station if you were brave enough. It was...
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Back to School: Six Things You Can Do to Get Ready

The upcoming school year is at the forefront of most minds. Do we send the kids? Do we keep them home? What about homeschooling and virtual school? Will my kids be safe at school?...
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When Self-Consciousness Takes Over

It was my rock bottom. I had to spend over an hour on the phone with the credit card company to cancel charges for “magic pills” that turned out weren’t so magic after all....
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My View: Cleaning Out Our Classroom

I walked into a time machine. All of your things were there from March, lots of St. Patrick's Day green! Your books were right where you left them, your coat was still hanging in...
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I am a Familyvert

noun, singular -- Familyvert. A person who likes hanging out with his/her family a lot. “Man, I must be a familyvert because I'm having so much fun spending all this time with my family...
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Chores Done Easy!

If you are like me, maybe you didn’t have set chores when you were a kid. No one ever showed me how to properly clean anything. I just watched my mom (when she did...
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When Your Parents Move In

Being an “Elder Millennial,” I am on the cusp of sending my kids away to college (I mean, like seven years from now), but that was the step we were mentally preparing for. Instead,...
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