Preteen Parenting: 5 things you need to know!

My children are quickly growing up and I really thought that this would be a GOOD thing!  No more diaper changes, middle of the night feedings, toddler tantrums, or play dates from hell with the scary kid that bites everybody.  I should be HAPPY to have children who are almost into their teens, right?  Yeah...not so much!  I am starting to realized that stinky diapers are a lot easier to solve than stinky teenage boy shoes.  Honestly, I just soaked my son's shoes in Fe-breeze and they still smell like something died in there.  So, if you are … [Read more...]

Continuing education classes for bloggers: Help yourself stand out!

As I spend more time blogging and trying to make social media an actual career I am starting to consider what types of skills I could improve upon by taking some continuing education courses.  Many years ago when I was young and had no children I started college with grand dreams of an illustrious career doing medical research.  I took fascinating courses like electron microscopy (okay, *I* thought it was fascinating!) and worked my butt off as an undergraduate lab slave to graduate summa cum laude with a degree in Microbiology.  I quickly … [Read more...]

Standardized Tests: An accurate measure of math success?

Ever since my kids went back to school from spring break they have been cramming for the upcoming standardized tests they are having next week.  The CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests ) is a HUGE deal to the teachers and administrators at our schools.  Georgia is ranked extremely low when it comes to education in this country and our newspaper last week reported some shockingly bad graduation rates in our local high schools.  They really push these standardized test as a way to measure improvement in the schools.  I disagree that a … [Read more...]

Easy Science Experiment: Grow Sulfur Loving Bacteria With Your Kids!

My husband and I both have degrees in microbiology.  While I haven't done much with my degree since having kids, I feel it is important to share our love of science with our children.  Personally, I don't have a lot of faith in the ability of the public school system to prepare my kids for college. Unfortunately, I can't afford private school and would probably strangle my children if forced to home school them so it is off to public school they go. We frequently do easy science experiments at home and have an extensive collection of books to … [Read more...]