Out Here in The Middle: Changing America One Parent at a Time

 

  Patricia Heaton as Frankie Heck on ABC’s The Middle. I was extremely moved by the events in Arizona last weekend (and this week). I listened to President Obama’s speech, hanging on every word about the incredible people who died and those who survived the brutal attack. And I have been caught up in the… More Out Here in The Middle: Changing America One Parent at a Time

What Movies Should Every Kid See for “Cultural Intelligence”

 

  I am talking pop-culture here. Those movies we have all seen that people reference in comedy routines. I am not worried about television right now (I know that’s another whole can of worms) but really looking for movies that kids should know about so they can relate to grown-ups! Post a comment here or… More What Movies Should Every Kid See for “Cultural Intelligence”

Five Things You Should NOT Ask the Kids This Holiday Season

 

  Yeah, that’s a Menorah ANDa Christmas tree. We get around. Katie was groaning the other day about going to another holiday party. “I don’t hate the party mom, I hate all the dumb questions the adults ask me!” she lamented. I think I am one of those adults!  It’s terrifying when you realize you… More Five Things You Should NOT Ask the Kids This Holiday Season

Ahh Facebook: The Strange (Dangerous?) Case of Tweens Online

 

  Last year, Facebook was all the rage among the fifth grade crowd. Why? Farmville. No more no less – sending Mystery Gifts, planting crops and decorating the farm. Over time, Farmville got old (and they pretty much made it so complicated it’s no fun anymore anyway) and the kids got older. Yeah, I know,… More Ahh Facebook: The Strange (Dangerous?) Case of Tweens Online

Report Cards Came Out Yesterday – Publicly. Do Students Have a Right to Privacy?

 

  Okay, so I need to say a bit more about grades. After my last blog about Katie’s addiction – which has been tempered, sorta   – I find I am still stuck on the subject after watching a disaster in the making yesterday! I arrived at school a little early and decided to wait for… More Report Cards Came Out Yesterday – Publicly. Do Students Have a Right to Privacy?

Students Helping Students: They Can Lift Each Other Up (Academically)

 

  The coolest thing happened yesterday. I didn’t expect it to be cool. I thought it was going to be a nightmare. But man, it turned out awesome. Imagine, it’s Monday: the day after Halloween (where we somehow picked up two extra kids along the way who ended up back at our house to watch… More Students Helping Students: They Can Lift Each Other Up (Academically)

Restore Sanity to Halloween: The Ultimate Socialist Holiday!

 

  I love Halloween. It’s colorful, creative and usually good fun. But there are weird conversations going on this year about making rules for how old kids can be who want to trick or treat – like no one over 14 should be allowed to go house to house (can you imagine being the cop… More Restore Sanity to Halloween: The Ultimate Socialist Holiday!

First Middle School Dance Comes with Instructions! You Gotta See This!

 

 While I was watching the Giants take game three last night, Katie was focusing on “groking” what she had learned in PE this week in preparation for Friday’s big (first) dance! At the commercial break, she dragged me into the office where she had laid it all out on our white board (they are closet… More First Middle School Dance Comes with Instructions! You Gotta See This!