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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...

What Parenting Battles Are You Fighting?

Jul 5, 2015

He said to me the other day, “Mom, I don’t get it. Sometimes you’re totally chill, and then sometimes you want to know everything. You need to trust me. I’m not crazy, you know.” That one got me thinking. Am I that inconsistent? Or is he just smart enough to see what’s really going...

3 Awesome Reasons To Have A Selfie Free Summer

Jun 20, 2015

It was a perfect blue sky day. We hit the road early (by teenage terms), and just about 90 minutes later found ourselves in Pt. Reyes, ready for adventure. It had taken some cajoling to get both of them to agree to go hiking with me; these days, getting both kids alone, together, is...

It’s The Last Day of School – So Why Aren’t My Students Leaving?

Jun 18, 2015

It’s always a minimum day schedule on the last day of school, making it super hard to get anything done (yes, they want us to teach up until the last bell), as well as to have a moment to breathe, to be present, to process what is going on. The last day of school...

Parents, Do You Lead By Example? Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Program

Jun 14, 2015

How many of us parents lead by example? I mean, completely. Honestly. All the time? Think back to when your kids were toddlers. Everything we did we wanted them to mimic – the words we said, the foods we ate, and the funny ways they saw us dance or jump of sing along to...

Being Different Is Being Beautiful: Speaking Out About Caitlyn Jenner

Jun 1, 2015

The photo jumped out of my Facebook feed during my lunch break today. The beautiful woman, not the headline, caught my eye; she looked like someone famous, but I couldn’t quite place her. Then I realized who I was looking at: Caitlin Jenner. I quickly scanned my middle school classroom for someone to share...

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