Raising Confident Girls: Does Our Parenting Really Matter?

I look at my children some days and I am in awe of how different they are from one another.  In theory, both my 13 year old son and my 11 year old daughter were raised almost exactly the same, right?  Same house, same rules, same experiences (for the most part) so why did they turn out completely different from one another?  My son is an introverted child who lacks confidence even though he is very bright and quite a sweet kid.  My daughter has always been a leader....ready to charge on ahead even if she didn't quite know where she was going.  … [Read more...]

Management of the next generation

A number of years ago, my husband was dragged kicking and screaming into a management position.  He has climbed the corporate ladder fairly quickly in the 12 years he has been with his company and while we certainly enjoy the increase in salary, he is not enjoying the responsibilities and stress associated with being the man in charge.  He misses those days when he just went to his job, worked on his project, and went home.  Now, he has to deal with interpersonal issues between employees who seem to bicker like children.  He has to take … [Read more...]

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

Are you a blogger trying to earn money online?  What skills benefit people who work in social  media?  I thought I would share a few continuing education classes for bloggers that you may want to invest in. Can you Earn Money Blogging?  Yes.... but it takes a while! I want to make social media an actual career. To support this,  I am deciding  types of skills I can improve upon by taking continuing education courses.  Many years ago when I was young and had no children, I started college with grand … [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...]