Topic: school

If I Walked Uphill Both Ways to School, Can’t My Kid Walk Four Blocks?

If I Walked Uphill Both Ways to School, Can't My Kid Walk Four Blocks?

I come from a family of paranoid people. It’s not so much that the glass is half empty; it’s that you should really put a napkin over that glass in case a fly accidentally drowns in it. Fireworks are loud with a chance of starting on fire, and driving in the rain is a hasty break away from hydroplaning to your doom. Dancing while pregnant is ill advised because… wait, I don’t think a reason was given when I was yelled at across a reception hall to, “Save the baby and sit down!”  Cars crash, planes explode and lawnmowers shoot dangerous shrapnel right into your eyes..

This would eventually effect how I was parented. More »

The 5 Worst Things About Classroom Parties (And How To Survive Them)

The 5 Worst Things About Classroom Parties (And How To Survive Them)

It’s that time of year—if you have a school-aged child, somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you will be “invited” to their classroom holiday party, and woe betide you should you choose to decline. Despite the promise that you’ll be making memories to last a lifetime, there are some hazards that accompany your attendance. Not long ago, I was new to this Game of Thrones-y ritual of classroom politics and desperately wishing that there was some type of survival guide to accompany it. None existed—before now. You’re welcome. More »