In my fourth year of teaching first grade, I experienced a profound “aha” moment. It was the beginning of the year, and I was teaching my students a new routine, one that - once school was up and running - would take about 5-7 minutes from start to finish.


Parenting is hard. It is not for the faint of heart. It is physically demanding and emotionally taxing. We are the recipients of literal and figurative vomit. We are police officers, nurses, chefs, chauffeurs, and therapists.

Good Cop, Bad Cop: Which Type of Parent Are You?

Experts and parents both seem to be divided on this issue. Some ask, “Should we even police at all?”

Should you?  When we first become parents, it seems natural to take on a role. Moms are natural nurturers. Dads are usually the disciplinarians.

Parenting Is All About Making Choices

Parenting is all about making choices.

I Lost My Mom Nine Months Into My Pregnancy

The phone rang, and my body tensed, just as it had for the last two days whenever the phone rang. I was waiting for the call. The one where the voice on the other end of the line would tell me, “She’s gone, Jacqui. Mom died.”

Blogspot: Should I tell my daughter she is beautiful?

I just tucked my six and a half year old into bed.  We were discussing her hair, which, depending on the weather,  is either straight, curly, or somewhere in-between.  She likes it either way and tonight we decided to use some products to emphasize the curls.  She asked if I would help “bring them

7 Silver Linings of a Special Needs Diagnosis

When your child first receives a special needs diagnosis, it is natural to feel like your life has been turned upside down, and that you have entered a strange, unknown place I like to call Special Needs Land.

Blogspot: How Parents Can Model Empathy Through Social Media

Social Media offers an opportunity to teach and model empathy to our kids. Long before our kids design social media profiles of their own, parents who are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media should be thoughtful about how we model our participation in these networks to our children.