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

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Damn You, Daylight Saving Time

Nov 23, 2015

It’s been over two weeks, and insomnia has taken over my life. My husband and son laugh at this time each year when I can hardly keep my eyes open at dusk, and my body turns me into a cranky, yawning sleep-deprived mess. Damn you, Daylight Saving Time. It’s not that I don’t WANT...

Inquiring Minds-What I Wish I Knew

Nov 16, 2015

I sure wish I had the guts to ask a psychic about what my future holds. It’s kind of funny, really- as a kid I was never one of those people who knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I didn’t have driving passions throughout high school- unless you counted...

Texting And My Teenage Boy: A Mother’s Simple Attempt To Connect

Nov 2, 2015

It’s Friday afternoon, and I’m still in my classroom, clearing the debris that is left behind from 100+ 8th graders passing  through my door in one day. I’m tired. I’ve been with teens all day, helping and teaching and motivating. Trying, sometimes successfully, to connect. Glancing out the window I notice the sky is...

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

Oct 5, 2015

Inspiration. I’m always looking for it. When my kids were little, sometimes it was simply inspiration to get me through the day with a smile on my face. Or inspiration to trust that I knew what to do, and that everything would turn out all right. I still look for inspiration on that one....

Driving Is Like Life: Always Look Ahead

Sep 28, 2015

“Always look ahead, son. Driving isn’t just about what’s in front of you – you need to be thinking about where you’re going.” I was trying to use my ‘calm’ voice as I was gripping the passenger door handle with my right hand, just out of his sight. I know learning to drive is...

A Letter To Parents Leaving Their Kids At College

Aug 21, 2015

Dear moms and dads, People ask me what it’s like to leave your baby at college; they say they can’t imagine the time when their now-little child will leave them. In the middle of naps and Cheerio snacks and sippy cups, they can’t envision ever having their child not hanging all over them. As...

What Is The Best Way To Capture Moments?

Aug 18, 2015

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn The morning is glorious. I’m up early, alone. As the sun rises over the quiet lake. I’ve got my legs up on the pier,...

Summer Isn’t Just For Vacation

Aug 10, 2015

Growing. Trusting. Dreaming (big). Discovering. Feeling alive. Blooming. The verbs jump from the calendar as I turn the page to August. Yes, yes, yes! Kelly Rae Roberts may not be a classroom teacher, but her artwork aligns with exactly what I’m feeling this month as I transition away from my only school-free days (July) and...

6 Ways To Stop “Future-Tripping” And Be Present In Your Life

Jul 12, 2015

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa I’m coming up on a milestone birthday this year – a really big one. Social media is reminding me of this every day, as I watch one high school classmate after another hit the ‘big one’....

I Need To Know: Did I Absolutely Teach My Children To Weed?

Jul 8, 2015

I think I’m what some people call a natural-born-teacher. It’s in my blood; teachers sprout from my family tree for generations upon generations. It’s no surprise that as a parent, I’ve been an education task-master. You think preacher’s kids have it rough? Think about being a teacher’s kid. You’re constantly the guinea pig for...

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