“Playdates” vs. Coming Over



When I was a little girl, I never had a “playdate.”


Honestly, I probably spent as much or more time as my own kids at other people’s homes, but they weren’t arranged playdates.


I did not grow up in the era where we all just ran free through the neighborhood, willy [...]

Modeling + Expectations




There’s been a story floating around for the past couple weeks that’s– once again– got people cheering or ranting from either side of the fence.


This time it involves a woman who posted on social media about how, disappointed in her children’s lack of manners, she promptly threw their ice cream [...]

Bruised and Scratched




“I have a bruise here, Mrs. S. See? On my leg?”


“Good,” I replied.


And they all just laughed.



They’re used to me, that second grade class. If you put it together, I’ve taught them 15% of their second grade year. That’s a pretty sizable chunk!


Frequently [...]

Please Don’t Just Click the Sad Face




A few days ago, Facebook rolled out their new “reactions.” Now, rather than just “liking” something, you can choose between “like”, “love”, “wow”, “ha ha”, “sad” and “mad.”



Some people were excited about this. Genius! Now we have options to better match our response! Awesome!


I was not [...]

TAG Worries…



I’ve written a bit about the gifted population before. As a whole– I mean the whole “talented and gifted” category– it’s not really that small a percentage of the population. By actual definition, anywhere between six and ten percent of children should technically qualify for TAG programming. While obviously not the majority, neither [...]

In Case You Don’t Always Stare Meaningfully At Your Spouse…



So, there’s this article flying around social media these days. It has to do with a photographer who took shots of people together and then edited out the phones from their hands.


The result? Pictures of people who appear to be ignoring each other for no apparent reason.




People [...]

Only one is the fastest… and that’s okay.



So, A. got this award certificate at VBS. And the very first thing I thought was, “There is no way– NO WAY– this would ever fly in the public school.”




People often refuse to acknowledge varying abilities and heaven forbid you throw a superlative like “smartest” out there– people would [...]

Not a Tomboy



The woman smiled at C. My little girl was crafting loops of color and shape on paper, happily creating. She was in her element.


Turning her attention to G, the woman asked, “And how about you? Are you into art like your sister? Do you like to draw and paint?”


“Sometimes!” [...]

No Need to Comment



A few days ago, I was having a happy, lively conversation with a woman I greatly admire. She is loving, charismatic, authentic, and faith-filled. She falls in that generation between my mom’s and my own– it’s nice to have friends in that range, you know?


Anyway, we were talking about how hard [...]


Pause is not my “word of the year.”

I tried to do that one year and I was bored with it by January 15th. What can I say? I’m super good at commiting to a man, but not so good at commiting to a word. Or a topic. [...]