Against The Grain

Spanking, or rather paddling, in schools recently made headlines when a Florida student was paddled by a principal and it was caught by an outside party to the incident. As a child of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, I’m not at all unfamiliar with this concept although I’ve never experienced it myself. When I wentContinue reading “Against The Grain”

It’s not painless

Distance learning should be getting easier for us. It’s been over 365 days since the kids have been full time. You’d think we’d know how to do this type of thing painlessly. It’s not painless. It’s actually torture at this point for me to try to get the kids to do what they need toContinue reading “It’s not painless”

Average might just be success in a different light

In an era when expectations are getting more mediocre and softer, I’ve come to the conclusion that average might just be success in a different light. That is, when I’m talking about my son who has dyslexia. We can all talk about how we want our kids to grow up to be successful. After watchingContinue reading “Average might just be success in a different light”

375 days since we’ve had to leave the house for school!

Normal is such subjective thing these days. We are getting back to (air quotes) normal (air quotes) on Monday going to in-person school. It’s a hybrid system where the kids will go two days a week until May. Normal school, pre covid, was 8:20 to 2:15 for 5 days a week. This new normal isContinue reading “375 days since we’ve had to leave the house for school!”

Fabulously Normal

This week has been fabulously normal! I’ve done the taxes, taken kids to sports, replaced the front tires on the car, and we are in the midst of preparing to return to in-person school. Tax season sucks the life out of me. Turbo tax is great but watching that initial return get eaten up byContinue reading “Fabulously Normal”

Start your day right…

Google Calendar is my Bible right now since regular activities are coming back into existence as we come out of the COVID times. A great trick I recently discovered is that you can get a daily agenda sent to you in your email inbox. It’d be great to print out and post for the familyContinue reading “Start your day right…”

What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?

The other day I posted Life Skills – How to Reconcile a Checkbook which I actually did learn in elementary school long ago in the 1980s in New York and revisited in middle school in the 1990s. I’ve seen videos about a dad who teaches kids with no dad how to do basic tasks likeContinue reading “What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?”

How to Absolutely Use Google Calendar Like a Pro

A few years ago I wrote a great post called How to Absolutely Spring Break Like a Pro and it got me to think about what kinds of things I know how to do like a pro.   As a mom I’m more of a renaissance man, but one thing I know I’m good at isContinue reading “How to Absolutely Use Google Calendar Like a Pro”

Technology usage for children

Since many schools are starting up this year doing distance learning that relies heavily on technology I thought I’d take a little bit of time to speak on the subject.  WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY? Considering that every modern gadget we use could be considered technology, let’s focus on just a few things that kids might beContinue reading “Technology usage for children”