Choose your Christmas traditions using the “Make, Read, Give, See” method

Choose your Christmas traditions using the “Make, Read, Give, See” method

In A Bad Moms Christmas, Mila Kunis plays a mother who nearly ruins her kids' joy when she gets into a screaming match with her over-the-top mom, who has taken Christmas too far. Her mother's traditions are forced on the family. They will be made to enjoy the holiday, whether they like it or not. Kunis cracks. [...]

The small joy of writing to your favorite author | The Childhood Magic series

The small joy of writing to your favorite author | The Childhood Magic series

Several months ago, I received a press kit with an advance copy of Toni DiTerlizzi's Kenny and the Dragon book in it. Boxes of review copies are nothing new at our house, and like so many other books that have come across our kitchen table, this book was passed on to one of my kids. [...]

Hi, special needs mom who’s not doing okay in this pandemic. You’re not alone.

Hi, special needs mom who’s not doing okay in this pandemic. You’re not alone.

Hey, there. How are you? I mean really, how are you? Our lives have collectively hit an abrupt change, and some of those feeling it the hardest are our kids with special needs. Our kids for whom routine is paramount to having a successful day. From what I'm seeing on my special needs Facebook group feeds, we [...]

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

This post is based on a talk we gave to the Moms & More preschool moms group at Christ Presbyterian Church. Week 1 of the quarantine: we're rearranging our homes to start the new and exciting, if unexpected, process of homeschooling our kids. We're sitting by the fire and reading books. We created a sourdough [...]

Free biography unit study for every kind of teacher! Thank you for all you’re doing.

Free biography unit study for every kind of teacher! Thank you for all you’re doing.

To every teacher out there right now who's trying to just figure this whole mess out, we see you! We hear you! From classroom teachers trying to navigate Zoom lessons to unexpected homeschool moms trying to fill your days, we know it's crazy hard right now, and we want to make it easier for you. [...]

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

We're heading into Mother's Day season (although, it's going to be very different this year) and that has us thinking about how much we've sentimentalized motherhood. And it's not all that helpful. Caroline took a deep dive into the topic, which left me in tears after reading it. You can see her post, The Un-Sentimentality [...]