10 Tips For My Daughters on How to Dress Themselves

At preschool drop-off another mom pointed out,"Your daughter's socks don't match." I turned my palms upward in a je ne sais pas and wrinkled my nose, "Rough morning. Can’t win ’em all.” ...more
... and not so much administrators who force them to their knees to measure skirt length.more

Yes, Veronica, There is a Santa Claus

"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."- Conductor Polar Express  Two years ago, when Veronica was in first grade, she started having doubts....more

Joanisms and Other Things My Mom Said

"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots."- Victor Hugo My college roommate and I lovingly coined them: Joanisms.JoanismsThis was the term we gave to the one liners my mom would evenly and consistently dish....more
J-MOM That's a good thing to instill.more

Paris: How I Talked about the Attacks with My French Students

Paris was attacked.And I teach French.I knew Monday morning, my students would ask, "Madame, what happened in France?"I knew I needed to address the tragedy.I knew they would look to me for answers.Where do I start? What do I say? As a journalist, I thought about the who. I thought about the what.I thought about the when, where, why, and how.I thought about the facts. The details.As their teacher, I thought about what message I wanted to deliver....more

Two Little Words That Can Change the Way You Parent

There will be no next time. That's what I tell my girls when they flub up. Busted. You really messed up and now you’re outta luck. There will be no next time. I’m kidding. ...more
This was really great! I don't have children, however, I always cringe when I see adults ...more

How I'm Trying to Bully-Proof My Daughters

My girls love to climb the trees at their school. As soon as they see me at dismissal, they hand off their backpacks and run away with their friends, sometimes stopping to see me for a quick chat or snack. Most often they're monkeying up the handful of trees lining the school's playground. ...more
We have dealt with bullying situations on and off throughout our educational experience.  I'm ...more

I Hate Playing Barbies with My Daughter

 "Imagination is more important than knowledge."- Albert Einstein"You be her," my youngest says as she stuffs the surfer Skipper doll onto my lap.Without a pause, she starts the conversation as ushe, "Oh hi.""Oh hi," I chirp. "What's going on today?""Well, we're going to have a movie night tonight."...more

Highlight Vacations with Wows and Pows

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”– Oliver Wendell Holmes ...more

Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Joy Of Being Me

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,of things unknown, but longed for still,and his tune is heard on the distant hill,for the caged bird sings of freedom.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ...more

Bonne Mamam is So Much More Than Jam

"Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?"-Eminem You may be thinking eek/wtf, she's quoting Eminem. Like his lyrics or hate on him, this post isn't about the rapper, but rather his words....more