Put on some lipstick & pull yourself together

"I don't want to do this, it's too hard." "I'm triggered." "Why did you smack him?" "I thought he took my pencil." "Where is the pencil?" "I found it in my pocket..." These are direct quotes from my students, middle schoolers who are hormonal and dramatic and lazy. They refuse to learn some days and, … Continue reading Put on some lipstick & pull yourself together

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The Glories of Chores

I'm a firm believer that children who don't do chores grow up to be adults who don't know how to care for themselves.  It's all well and good to assign chores to your children, but without consistency, motivation, and/or consequences, chore time turns into a game of frustration and nagging. Enter, the chore chart. Seriously, … Continue reading The Glories of Chores

Stand by Your Man | How to help when there’s nothing you can do

“Sweetheart, I’m exhausted.” His voice on the phone broke my heart a little. God, how do I make this better? I feel so helpless. When J is in pain, I’m in pain. It’s as simple as that. Whether it’s physical pain, like his hurt shoulder from a weekend of snow shoveling, or the weight of … Continue reading Stand by Your Man | How to help when there’s nothing you can do