Queen of Nags
Mommy needed her serfs to self-govern.
By Kelly Curtis
I have a genetic predisposition to nag. This, coupled with control freak tendencies, is a recipe for catastrophe. My resolve in resisting this impulse was successful until our family moved, and remodeled our new home while we inhabited the construction zone. Over a period of months, this living arrangement resulted in the disintegration of order and responsibility. When we said, “good-bye,” to the contractors, I undertook the daunting task of returning our family to the normal function it enjoyed before the move. Though my kids are remarkable in many ways, they also possess a lazy gene. Stern guidance was imperative to pull them from the couch, but I was exhausted holding our kids accountable... read more
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My Many Hats
The life of a stay at home working mom.
By Christina Barber
A friend once asked, "How can you do that? How can you be a stay at home mom, get all of that writing done and not go crazy?" My reply was simple. "I don’t. I just go crazy in a different way." I had been a stay at home mom for the first two years of my daughter’s life. I enjoyed it immensely. But, part of me yearned for more. I began to do some soul searching and decided that I wanted to work out of the house. After a discussion with my very supportive husband, I studied to obtain a paralegal certification and then landed a job. All went well for another two years. Everyone seemed happy with the situation. Then I was dealt a blow to my ego. My boss decided that my position in the firm needed... read more
Dancing Between the Party Lines
Parenting makes it not so black and white.
By Jennifer Cummins
When it comes to politics, it seems that I have to watch where I step when it comes to forming a concrete... read more
Special Needs of the Gifted Child
Exceptional minds have requirements, too.
By Kristina Ashlock
When we think of a child with special needs, we tend to think of a child who is autistic, has ADHD... read more
Red Fish, Blue Fish
A view of Conservative vs. Liberal values in America's classrooms.
By Alan Thomas
Clearly, liberal values nurture children to the pinnacle of their potential, while the effects of... read more
Learning to Read Palms
I see a tall, dark principal in your future.
By Robin Svedi
Okay, I know this a timeworn tale that's been retold by generations of relocated northerners turned southerners, so if you’ve heard it before you can just go ahead and skip by. For those of you who haven’t encountered the phenomenon of palm reading as an educational subject, I’ll recount my own version. My middle school-aged son came home from his new school in North Carolina, and informed me that he would be reading palms the following day in class. Now I don’t know about you, but where we come from -- Long Island, New York -- this isn’t your standard educational fair. That’s not to say they didn’t do any weird educational things back home. The time the physical education teacher... read more
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The IP Bookshelf
The Story of Christmas, Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll
The Story of Christmas Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll Workman Publishing, $15.95 ISBN-13: 978-0761152507 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this charming storybook... read more
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