For months, debates have raged on regarding school re-opening plans. Everyone seems to have an opinion, and a strong one at that. The implications of the decisions are astonishingly profound. Administrators and school board officials (the school board being a...
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Recognizing My Anxiety

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I was mindlessly scrolling through TikTok (don’t judge — I’m blaming the COVID-19 quarantine for this new pastime) when I first realized that the way my brain works is not normal. It was a video from a psychologist talking about...
This spring, with sudden school closures, many of us found ourselves constantly entertaining and teaching our kids, and with school ramping back up, we are back at it. How will we have time for any socializing during this crazy...
Many people have missed sweet conversations and visits with grandparents during the pandemic, so celebrating National Grandparents Day on September 13 may be bigger than ever. There are still ways to honor and celebrate them this year, whether six...
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Athletics and activities are a big part of many students' high school experiences. With the threat of those being taken away this fall due to the pandemic, and in some cases already disappearing from metro school districts, it has...
Dear Kindergartener,  It’s NOT supposed to be like this. You’re entering into the very FIRST year of elementary school. The year is 2020, and the world is in the middle of a global pandemic. CoronaVirus cases continue to rise in...

Back-to-School Anxiety

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This time last year, I was writing about sending my baby girl off to kindergarten. I was anxious and nervous about sending this piece of my heart out into the big world of public education all by herself without me...
In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, I have a confession to make. Well, make that two. First confession: I am still breastfeeding my 2 ½-year-old daughter. Second confession: I’m kind of over it.I know some moms out there are...
I knew this day was coming, the day when my oldest son would be entering kindergarten. I tried to prepare myself all year by being more intentional with our time together. I absorbed every moment and captured every memory....
It’s been a long six months. What began as fear of the unknown, with a mysterious virus lurking in the air has morphed into a different kind of dread and trepidation. Now, we must figure out how to live...
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? What will school even look...
We have had a lot of hard conversations in our house lately. Last August, our daughter started kindergarten the same day her grandpa died. She ended kindergarten in the middle of a pandemic and civil unrest. Between grandpa and COVID-19...
I have found myself saying too many times this year, “I just want to be happy." We are in the middle of a pandemic, these are uncertain times, and now we have to deal with the great school debate...
Quite a few members of our team have little ones slated to head off to kindergarten this upcoming school year. While there are no easy or even good choices to make right now in regard to school, it feels like...

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101 Things to Do This Winter

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It's no secret that this will be a long winter. Between the cold weather keeping us inside to COVID restrictions and safety considerations, the...