Receiving and Giving the Key to Unlocking the Door to Writing

When I was in the third grade, my teacher gave us a creative writing assignment. It was the month of December and we had to write a story about Christmas. That was the only prompt I can recall, 35 years after the fact. Although I do remember Mrs. Simmons, my older, red-haired teacher with a […]

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Well, here we are again. Another school year has started and first day photos taken. We’re off to the races for another year of school. Technically, we’ve been racing for the last four weeks since Sophie started third grade at her new school in Indiana on August 9. Yep, August 9! It felt strange and […]

Monday Musings ~ May 2

Happy Monday! 1. I just returned from a conference designed for moms, media and marketers that was all about empowerment and having a voice through content channels. The conference’s theme was “redefining motherhood.” There were many things I really enjoyed about the conference: I attended some great sessions (heard the producer of “Spotlight” speak!), met […]

How the Wrong Change Led to a Moment of Childhood Wonder

Every Friday, Sophie’s school sells cups of frozen yogurt for $2.50 when the afternoon bell rings. Last Friday (and like every week before), Sophie wanted to buy herself a frozen yogurt. She pulled $3 out of her backpack and ran off to purchase her cookies and cream treat. She returned from the purchase looking ecstatic […]

The Ways to Be Happy

Sophie and I have a bedtime tradition. Every night, after her teeth are brushed, pajamas on and she’s tucked in bed, I ask her the same question I’ve been asking since she was very little. What’s your favorite thing you did today? The only “rule” we have when answering the question is you can’t say, […]

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Sophie started second grade this week and I’m a bit in shock that I have a such a “grown up” kid! She has a teacher who has high energy, which Sophie will respond well to. She’s known to expect a lot of the kids, which I appreciate. And the kids in the class are a […]

Welcome to 1st Grade!

Sophie started first grade last week. I’m in awe of how much she’s grown, just over the summer months. She stopped sucking her thumb completely (more on that later). She got her ears pierced. She can now read entire books by herself, road signs, and so many words. She is so much more confident at her school […]

The First Day of Kindergarten

We made it to kindergarten! Sophie had a fantastic first day and I managed to not shed any tears. Well, I didn’t shed any tears on the first day, but I was quite emotional the week leading up to yesterday. More than anything, I was just so excited for her to start this new phase […]

Déjà Vu All-Over Again: Parenting and Childhood Memories

One of the hardest parts of parenthood is how your child’s problems can so often cause your own childhood emotions and memories to float to the surface. I experienced this myself a few weeks ago when Sophie came home after a particularly challenging day at her gymnastics class. After a challenging gymnastics session, Sophie ultimately broke down […]