Middle School

Middle School is Almost Over – We Made It Through the Wilderness

First Day of Middle School I’m so lucky. I have a fairly uncomplicated kid.    Now that middle school is…

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Every Body Eats! Unleashing Katie’s Passion for Learning

Yeah, it sounds nuts. What the heck am I talking about? When I learned a long time ago that neuron…

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It’s Grassroots Baby – One Otter at a Time! Join the campaign!

Um, yeah. Katie pretending to be a fish. Don’t ask. I am a fan of Kickstarter. If you don’t know…

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Blog Action Day 2012 – The Power of We is the Key to Successful Parenting

There is nothing that rings more true for a single mom. I chose to be a single mom. When I…

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Unlearning Parenting

“Mom, you have to stop,” Katie tells me firmly but still calmly. Thank goodness she’s patient. “You know,” I said,…

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They tell me 50 is the new 30. I don’t think so.

I turn 50 tomorrow. I was fine with it until about six months ago went it felt like everything went…

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Holy Crap! I’ve Turned into a Curmudgeon

Um, no stopping in the red zone! Jeez. I am way too cool and too hip to be such a…

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An Open Letter to Team Sports Folks: Please Don’t Sacrifice the Virgins!

Katie has never participated on a team sport. Yep. Totally true. She thought she might do soccer but on the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Relieving the Pain: When 11-Year Olds Start Cutting

Katie’s home room teacher rocks. She not only teaching language arts, but she also brings in lots of life lessons…

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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…

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My Daughter Became an Addict in Sixth Grade

I was there the first time she used. I actually gave her access to her drug without realizing what I…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Tween-age Grousing: This Strange Behavior Has Hidden Meaning

Ever since school started this fall, Katie has come home with weird stories about new behaviors she’s experiencing now that…

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The Sheer Pain of Being a Tween: So Simple but So Awful

I woke up yesterday fired up. Fall – my favorite time of year! I had scoped out an event at…

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Blog Action Day: Save Water, Take a Dirt Bath

Katie created this award-winning poster for our local water utility. We know water is a limited resource. And I have…

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Working Hard for Smart Teachers Makes the Whole Difference

We are a month into school and Katie is humming, almost purring, with the challenge. Sure it’s been a lot…

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We Enter the World of Queen Bees and Wannabees (and Bullies)

Ahhh, bullies. We have managed to get through six years of school with very few incidents of bullying. But now…

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We’re Back! Five Things I Am Loving About Public School

Okay, so I talked about how much I miss home school and already ranted about one of the things that…

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Local County Fair Delivers Food, Fun and Self-Esteem

Where else can you see piggie butts! We are so very lucky to live in a county that still plays…

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I’ve Got the “Oh Crap We Are Back in Public School” Blues…

The “Study Nest” where it all happens! I know it’s temporary, it will pass, but today I got a kick…

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10 Things I Miss About Home School: Part Two

Pat the real Hamster in a Littlest Pet Shop creation. Oh, a quiet morning – just like the old days…

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10 Things I Miss About Home School: Part One

Last year was great. I really did like home school.  Sure it pushed me to my limits balancing work and…

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Day One: School Starts; Hello Sixth Grade!

After plenty of preparation and excitement, we managed to get the child off to school. Sure she was up at…

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A New Adventure Begins: Middle School – Public Middle School

I thought she was going to burst. It was 24 hours before school would actually start and the kid was…