Building Boys & Learning During a Pandemic

Learning during a pandemic is challenging.  Hell — LIVING during a pandemic is challenging. But you already know that. The chaos, confusion and sense of overwhelm are likely intimately familiar to you now. What you want — need –– are answers. Answers that will help you figure out how to keep your boys learning during a […]

What About School?

What about school? is the question on everyone’s minds right now. It’s on the minds of school district administrators, teachers, parents, legislators, school staff…everyone, really. There is an upside to this near-universal questioning. For the first time in the 20 years I’ve been raising kids (including the 10 years I’ve been covering education as a […]

How Parenting Teenage Boys Prepared Me for a Pandemic

None of us expected this pandemic, save maybe a few epidemiologists and public health experts who “expected” it in the same way we all “expect” to die, which is to say that we know it will happen, but we have no idea when or how or what it will feel like. Three months or so […]

Parenting Through a Pandemic

I don’t know how to do this. I have zero experience parenting through a pandemic. I’ve worked-from-home before, so I have some apparently useful skills. My 15 years as a work-from-home freelance writer have taught me how to get work done when you really don’t feel like working (set a timer), as well as the […]

Learning at Home

Learning at home can be fun. Right now, a lot of parents are freaking out at the prospect of schooling their kids while also working from home. And wondering if it’s even possible to do both without going crazy. It’s possible. In fact, it can be be downright wonderful. I homeschooled our boys for 7 […]

On Graduation & Growing

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My second son graduates from high school in five days. I thought I was ready. After all, this isn’t my first go-’round. I’ve already graduated one son from high school and stood by as he launched himself into the world. Unlike many of my peers, I didn’t feel sorrow at his leaving; I felt great […]

Why Moms’ Education Matters

Image source As a mom, you’re probably more concerned with ensuring that your children get a good education. However, did you know that your education level could have an impact on how well your kids do and how high their grades are? Children who have better-educated parents tend to do better than those who don’t, […]

Higher Education At Home: What Are The Benefits?

At 18-years-old, most children will graduate from high school and head off to college a few months later. Most kids are excited about college and all the change that comes with it, but what if you have homeschooled your child for his entire school life and the only place that he has ever learned is at home? […]

Embracing Montessori at Home and How It Can Benefit Your Little Ones

When your children aren’t old enough to be at preschool, it can be hard to know how to keep them busy. You might go to toddler groups or arrange playdates with friends. It can be tricky to get the balance right, though. How much should be fun and how much should be learning? When they […]

School Not Working For Your Son? Try This.

Since the Washington Post published my essay, Why Schools Are Failing Boys, I’ve heard from dozens of parents & educators. Sadly, my essay struck a chord with a lot of frustrated families. And what I’m hearing from those families is It’s so reassuring to know I’m not the only one and What can we do? It’s easy to feel […]