Homework in kindergarten? I vote no

It's 8:30 pm and most six year olds are fast asleep.  My six year old is still up finishing her homework. That's right. My daughter's school starts homework in kindergarten.  Never mind that she can't read the directions to the homework.  I get that the teacher is trying to get parents involved with their children's education.  I don't have a problem with that.  What I do have a problem with is that no one in my household except for me remembers this homework. ...more

My school snack got rejected and sent back home

Last Friday was my daughter's turn to bring snack for the whole kindergarten class.  I made sure that I picked a snack from the approved snack list.  I bought choclate and vanilla Oreo cookies on sale, put them in a plastic sack and put them in my daughter's backpack.  Imagine my surprise when my daughter told me "Mommy the teacher sent the Oreos back, we didn't have snack today". ...more

I'm allergic to your family member, will you still be my friend?

I am allergic to a lot of other people's family members.  It is a hard thing to live with and I make accommodations in order to have a normal life.  These family members are cats.  I've never had a cat myself but many of my friends consider them part of their families.  Some people I know consider their pets their children.  There's nothing wrong with that, it's just that their children make my throat start to close up.  I get itchy eyes, stuffy and runny nose, asthma attacks, wheezing, coughing and other fun symptoms. ...more

The unwritten rules of a work potluck

Some call it a potluck, some call it a food day , I call it a big hassle.  I have had many jobs throughout the years and almost all of them have had some sort of day when everyone brings food to work for a special occasion, such as a birthday or going away party.  Sometimes there doesn't even need to be a reason.  People are just that hungry. I have also learned that each work place has a set of unwritten rules when it comes to potluck day. Here are some that I have learned throughout the years. ...more

There is no shame in delivering pizzas

I work at a hospital and work three 12 hour shifts.  I worked yesterday from 7am until 7:45pm and then came home, helped put my kids to bed, and woke up at 7am to start my day.  I was exhausted.  I took my daughter to kindergarten and decided to take my 3- year- old son to the park.  Needless to say, I was the only parent sitting on the park bench watching my kid play instead of hovering around him. ...more

I met a trophy wife at the gym today

I had a vacation day today so I decided to take my son to the gym for kids open gym.  The gym puts out a whole bunch of balls, hula hoops, play tunnels and other equipment and basically let the kids go wild. Since the open gym is for children under 6,  adults need to accompany their kids in the gym.  There is a sitting area to watch from,  or parents can play with their children.  My son is three, so I opted for the sitting area and let him loose....more

Fundraising in Elementary Schools: Preying on Kids' Fear of Being Left Out

My daughter came home from school on Friday with a packet of information that no parent wants to receive. It's time for the annual school fall fundraiser! I do not like fundraisers and hate selling things. I think it stems back to when I was young and my mother had me go door to door selling boxes of candy for Camp Fire. The goal was to sell 100 boxes. I rang a lot of door bells until I met the quota. Granted, my mother was the leader of our Camp Fire group and felt like we had to meet the goal. (Camp Fire is a youth group kind of like the Girl Scouts.) ...more
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Picture Day!

Today is picture day at kindergarten.  Picuture day is a little bit different then when I was in elementary school.  I remember trying to get together the perfect outfit together for my school pictures.  In kindergarten, this happened to be a purple sweatshirt dress with fake white pearls with blue, red and yellow paint splattered all over them.  (awesome choice)...more

3-year-old basketball fun or Toddler class confessions

I signed up my 3 year old son for a basketball class at the local community center.  He had a blast.  It was really funny to watch a bunch of little boys run around the gym after basketballs. They tried to dribble, pass the ball and shoot the ball into little basketball  hoops.  My son was trying very hard to do everything and follow the "coaches".  Honestly, I think these two guys deserve a medal.  I would want to go straight to the bar after teaching that many little boys to play basketball, but they looked like they were having fun. ...more

My crying son is making me cry

My son has been whiney, clingy and just not a pleasant person to be around today.  He is not sick because he is still very active and has a good appetite. No fever, cough or runny nose.  Nothing seems to be hurting. Except my head. ...more