Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe Jennifer is a mom to two teens, as well as a middle school teacher for 22 years. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in English, she returned to her California hometown to teach, mother and write. Jennifer ijust completed work on a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education studying global teaching, and writes for mamawolfe, Yahoo! and DavisPatch.com

Web Site: http://jenniferwolfe.net


Halloween Costumes: Moments I Thought Would Never End

Oct 24, 2014
Halloween Costumes: Moments I Thought Would Never End

  All I wanted to find were the pumpkin lights to hang outside. It was Saturday and finally felt like fall. Hurriedly, I cracked open the plastic box and smiled as obnoxiously bright orangish-red curls exploded into my face. She was about 11 when she wore that, I thought. I never saw that coming...

Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Oct 17, 2014
Extraordinary in the Ordinary

I’m a creature of habit. As much as I love adventure, I take comfort in the little routines of motherhood, carefully evolved over years of practice. Those small moments help center me, help me to feel at peace – knowing my babies are right where they’re supposed to be every night and morning. They...

Choice: It’s What Makes Life Full of Possibility

Sep 29, 2014
Choice: It’s What Makes Life Full of Possibility

Choice. If I had to choose one word I’ve used over and over in parenting and teaching, it would be choice. I learned early on as a parent that simply saying ‘no’ over and over had no lasting effect; if I really wanted something to happen – especially with any sort of chance that...

Pay Attention

Sep 19, 2014
Pay Attention

It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may...

Girl Power at Eighteen

Sep 14, 2014
Girl Power at Eighteen

“Have you seen my post yet, Mom?” It was unusual to actually hear her voice, live. Most of the time since she left for college we’ve been reduced to communicating by text. I miss her. “No….” I respond cautiously. “I’ve been at work all morning. Trying to get ready for next week, you know....

Broken

Sep 10, 2014
Broken

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” ~Ernest Hemingway “Hi, Jennifer. This is Coach Karen. How are you?” I knew when I heard her voice that this was not the call I wanted to receive. It was 9:00 on a beautiful Sunday morning, and I had just pedaled my...

Letter to My College Bound Daughter

Aug 22, 2014
Letter to My College Bound Daughter

Dear baby girl, You are done with what society has ‘required’ you to do. What’s left is what YOU require yourself to do. That can seem scary and daunting and utterly oblivious to you right now, and that’s precisely the way it should be, I think. I have a few words of advice that...

Today, I Love You

Aug 15, 2014
Today, I Love You

The floor measures four orange tiles wide by six tiles long, not counting the cream and white squares interspersed in an attempt to bring cheer to the room The wailing infant cries pierce through the walls on regular intervals. The parents pace the hallways, anxious looks on their faces. Babies rest in cribs and...

My Best Life July 2014: A Month of Quiet

Jul 31, 2014
My Best Life July 2014: A Month of Quiet

My Best July: The month of July was quiet -sometimes, WAY too quiet. My grown-up girl has spent her summer working as a ski camp counselor at her beloved Mt. Hood, Oregon. My thinks-he’s-grown-up son has been back and forth between Mt. Hood and Lake Tahoe, and when he’s actually at home his social...

Summer Vacation Traditions To Start Right Now

Jul 29, 2014
Summer Vacation Traditions To Start Right Now

Since I’m a school teacher, my family anticipates summer vacation in a big way.  As a mom to two teens, some of our summer vacation traditions have changed over the years to adapt to growing bodies and new interests. And as one child prepares for college and another for high school, it seems like family...

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