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Know Your Parental Rights in School

It can sometimes seem like schools are the exclusive realm of the teachers and administrators who work there. With all the jargon, results-based teaching methods, and security, school can be intimidating.

Parents, and guardians, actually have a ton of legal rights when it comes to the education of their children.

Today, let’s learn about your parental rights in school.

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Test Destress Tips

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

It’s the sound of pencils nervously hitting the desks as the kids take the never ending standardized tests.

Actually, let’s be real. It’s the clicking of mice and keyboards as the kids take the never ending standardized tests. And if today’s kids are anything like me, they are unbelievably nervous.

Luckily, there are a few easy ways to take a small amount of stress out of the TEST. Continue reading “Test Destress Tips”

7 Things to Know about Gifted Kiddos

First thought: my kid is gifted and talented! Like, actually super smart and inquisitive, creative and awesome! I so knew this!

Second thought: what do I do now?

And right before you PCS, you’ll have this third thought: what happens when we change states?

It’s going to be ok! But you do need to know a few things before you rush down the gifted and talented path. Continue reading “7 Things to Know about Gifted Kiddos”

Why Grades Don’t Matter in Elementary School

Let me tell you a secret:

I’m a teacher who HATES giving final grades.

I can see the smirks already. Yeah, right, she hates giving grades…

Hear me out, though.  Continue reading “Why Grades Don’t Matter in Elementary School”

Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas for Busy Parents

My best-laid plans were rapidly going down the drain.

Instead of sweetly crafting Pinterest-perfect Valentine’s, my three-year-old was trying to place 1,000 stickers on the dog. The baby was screaming. And I was trying to figure out if I could use artisanal wrapped wire to mainline wine.

There HAS to be a better, less stressful, way to get 20something children a Valentine’s Day treat!
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Get Ready for Your IEP Meeting!

IEP meetings are super stressful, and full of more jargon than the Marine Corps. I’ve been in my fair share of these meetings, and I can tell you that parents who are prepared get what they want more often.

Get the best for your child, with a few easy tips to get ready for your IEP meeting!

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Sick Kid Home

My friend JUST texted me to cancel our plans for the weekend. See, her kid has impetigo. You know, the ultra contagious skin condition most common in children ages 2-5. Which sucks, a lot, for her and her family. Now they need to bleach all the things he touches, burn his sheets and try to smear antibiotic cream on his face constantly.

Have you tried to get medicine of any kind into or onto a preschooler? Yeah…

But guess how you GET impetigo. I’ll wait right here.

If you said from other sick people, you guessed correctly! Since my child isn’t sick and my friend’s son goes to school, there is only one way this kiddo could have picked this infection up:

From a kid who was sent to school sick.

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Easy Gifts for Kids that Last

It’s less than two weeks to Christmas, and you couldn’t (or wouldn’t) buy that “must have” toy.

Hooray! Now you can actually purchase gifts that the kids will love, and that will last long after Christmas morning!

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