High school is the new college

At our school district, it's encouraged that 8th graders complete a study plan while enrolling in their freshman year in high school. This maps out their course of study, and ensures they will graduate with all the credits they need for a high school diploma. In other words, as a 14-year-old, they are asked to … Continue reading High school is the new college


According to this MediaPost article, the newest generation is the Pluralist generation. The oldest of this group is 15, the youngest are newborns. I had always wondered what my boys' generation would be called. I'm a Gen Xer, the generation younger than me is Gen Y or Millennials. My parents are Baby Boomers. So why … Continue reading Plurals

Summer Panic, Summer Guilt

Last month I started to panic. Summer was just around the corner. What to do with my children? So starts the countless hours of researching fun, educational and cost-effective summer activities and coordinating schedules with my mom, who agrees to watch them a few weeks to give them a break from the above mentioned programs … Continue reading Summer Panic, Summer Guilt

Everything’s Amazing and Nobody is Happy

I took the title of this post from this YouTube video. A twitter follower directed me to it after she read my post "Our house circa 1980-1990." I love this video. It made me laugh out loud and nod in agreement. Technology is a wonderful thing. In my lifetime we've gone from cassette tapes and … Continue reading Everything’s Amazing and Nobody is Happy

Can the “gross out” factor make our children healthy?

Advertising. It starts the minute you are born and continues until you die. Advertising geared towards kids is often under fire for its influence and promotion of the latest and greatest toys and unhealthy junk food. This research shows that preschoolers can recognize brand names...that's no surprise. My boys can recite commercials and tag lines, … Continue reading Can the “gross out” factor make our children healthy?