“Oh, those cute things kids say!”


So, my child, a second grader, came home from school recently and proclaimed that a little boy said a “bad word.” She said he was doing some homework, dropped his pencil, and said “Damn it!” The teacher apparently scolded him so hopefully this isn’t a recurring theme in the classroom. What was funny was my child’s next question with a truly puzzled look on her face: “Mom, where on earth do kids LEARN this stuff?” So, this tells me a couple things: 1.  I am hiding my use of such words really well. Whew!   I seriously intentionally curbed my…

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Back to School Reflections by Susan Shifay Cheung


I hated going back to school when I was young, so, it’s not surprising to hear my kids groan, as they count down the hours. I’m sure at the start of summer you had good intentions of doing a host of fun and useful things with your kids–impromptu road trips, teaching them how to cook, knit or play chess, building the ultimate Star Wars model out of cardboard and construction paper, mom and daughter manicure and pedicure evenings, and going through any worksheets they’ve missed, so they’re ready to hit the ground running on their first day back. Did you…

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5 Sanity Saving Tips for Surviving The Last Weeks of School


We are down to the last few weeks of school in our area, and it promises to be a crazy few weeks. There are parties, field days, Grandparents Day and that long awaited last day of school. Is it me or does there always seem to be a terrible case of Rushing and Hurry this time of year? And then there is my favorite….the scheduling nightmare for many moms: those early dismissals that seem to be offered in droves. Here are 5 tips for to finishing the school year with sanity. 1. Celebrate the school year Has it been a…

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