4 Parent-Teacher Conference Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone is back in school, and teacher conferences are around the corner. There are definitely some parent-teacher conference mistakes to avoid. How do I know? I’ve made them. This year marks my tenth year of parent-teacher meetings, and I’ve learned a thing or two over the past decade. I’m sharing some of the errors I have made so that you can avoid them and make the most of parent-teacher night. Talking too much I’m a talker by nature. While that’s usually fine, parent-teacher conferences are all about listening as a…

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Letter to My Daughter on her First Day of High School

Dear Daughter, Tomorrow you start high school and I couldn’t be more excited for you. I know you’re worried about remembering your locker combination and which staircase to take, and yes, I’ve already bugged you today by showing you the photo from your first day of kindergarten. But if you’d be so kind as to indulge me just a little more, I wanted to share a few thoughts before you head out the door bright and early tomorrow morning. I hope you will be brave. I know that a new…

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How I Failed to Raise a Bilingual Child

“We are going to get off the ship and explore old town San Juan,” I explained to my four-year-old daughter who was twirling her blonde pigtails as we sat on the cruise ship deck, waiting for the boat to maneuver into its spot at the pier. “Everyone here speaks Spanish, and you can, too!” “No,” she said. “Uh…. sí,” I countered. “Yes, we are. That’s the plan. It’s going to be great!” “No thank you. I don’t want to speak Spanish,” she said. “Thank you for being polite, but our…

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Why I Love My Local Library in the Summer

One of the first things we did when we moved to our community five years ago was to sign up for library cards. Little did I know at that time just how very much I would come to adore my local library. It’s safe to say I was a fan of books, and the library has those, of course, but in the summer it offers so much more. Here are a few reasons why the library is my best friend in the summer. Magic Mike (and other movies) Yup, you…

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