If you're not pregnant on social media, are you really pregnant?

I am a chronic over-sharer. I confess. I am an over-sharer in real life so the progression to over-sharing on every possible social media outlet was quick and painless. As a teacher, I rationalized my early-adopter ways by saying it was “for my job” – you know, so I could stay connected to my hip, young students....more

Must-Have Monday (And An OXO Giveaway)

 Every once in a while (hmmm – every day), I find something that I think I just have to have. Sadly, thanks to the ease of Amazon Prime and the corresponding app on my iPhone, I often find that must-have item on my doorstep in less than 48 hours. Sometimes, in that 48 hours, I forget what is in the box… Clearly, did I really need it if I don’t even remember what it is?...more

No Summer Slide Here - 5 Tips For a "Smart" School Break

As the school year winds down, most kids (and parents) want nothing more than the freedom to dump their battered book bags in the closet and not think about school or teachers or tests for the next 75 beautiful summer days. In many ways, I am definitely that parent, cheering just as loudly as my kids when they come running off the bus for the very last time. But, in other ways, I see summer as my opportunity to expose my children to what I really believe learning is all about – self-directed exploration, quiet time to read a variety of books, and lots of hands-on adventures....more

Easy Corn and Seafood Chowdah (A recipe!)

My kids and I spend every summer in the beautiful little seaside town where I grew up. In my town, truly local food often means seafood. Drive by the harbor all year long and you will see fishing trawlers and lobster boats going in and out of the channel. Weather watching is a community past-time and the politics of over-fishing and imported seafood aren’t just esoteric topics you read about in the newspaper. ...more

Embracing a Low-Tech Summer as a Tech-Loving Family

For the past few years, I have debated the benefits of letting my kids use technology during summer vacation. Most of the time, we are an unabashedly tech-friendly house. My kids have e-readers and laptops and our house probably has a few too many portable Mac items. By training, I am a technology early-adopter. ...more
MrLemere No worries! They will be itching to get back online, I'm sure! :-)more

Over Breakfast and Facebook, I Discovered My Brother's Mug Shot

As I sit here, quietly surrounded by my four sleeping children on the first day of summer break, I wish I could unsee the police blotter my friend posted to her Facebook feed this morning. The joys and peril of social media… who needs the weekly town paper when you can get the local dirt instantly? Who needs to wait for a call from your mom that your brother is in trouble again when friends just post the arrest summary online? ...more
BlogHer Prayer works. My dad went to rehab 18 months ago and has been sober ever since. So, ...more

Enough Is Enough: Why I Withdrew My Daughter From Public School

Since moving to the south from the northeast, there have been many aspects of public education that have taken me by surprise over the past few years—both as a parent and as a teacher. The long school day (7 ½ hours), the low teacher pay (47 or 48th in the country), and the limited teacher education programs in my region (2 colleges, one public, one private) have all been disconcerting to me as a new North Carolina resident. But my single biggest issue that seems to keep getting worse is testing. ...more
Leslie Anne @ FSC  Yes. I agree that it's not only the south suffering through this testing ...more

My Decade of Baby Is Over

Ten years ago, I was deep into fertility treatments and a busy teaching schedule, settling into a new city far from home, and hoping every single day that I would be pregnant. I was trying to wrap my head around FSH and LH levels and pray that my decision to stay on my seizure medication was the right one....more

Three Little Words

One way to describe my little piece of heaven might be ‘controlled chaos.’ Four small kids, two large dogs, one international college student, two working parents … picture bunkbeds and lots and lots of toothbrushes. I am only half-joking when I refer to my house as Camp Brighton. Most days it really does feel like camp. Mostly the good things about camp – crafts and snacks and noise and fun – chatty conversations over meals, sneaking in and out of bedrooms at night – lights out at 9 but talking in the dark for long after that. I can’t imagine a more perfect life for us....more