In the ageless words of Alice Cooper, ‘school’s out for summer!’ School’s release means warm nights, fireflies, and report cards. Report card season can bring up the sometimes touchy topic of rewarding a child for good grades. Read more
A few months ago I was in line at the grocery store. I stood behind a woman with three children, two boys and a girl. They looked to be between the ages of 8 and 12. One of her sons was having a full-out meltdown. He did not want to walk. He did not want to get in the cart. He did not want to hold Mom’s hand. He just wanted to sit and rock in the aisle. He wanted to look at the little toys for sale on the rack. I was desperate to show this mom support, but I did nothing more than smile at her, and her children.
With all kinds of amazing projects on Kickstarter, it has made us here at Mammatech wonder about what sort of projects are currently on Kickstarter for kid’s toys. So I’ve spent hours and hours this past week getting sucked into the amazing things that everyday people have invented and are currently looking for funding. The following five recommendations are each a techy toy I would buy for my boys! Read more
I consider myself a new age Mom. When I say ‘new age’ I mean that I consider myself open to new types of parenting, and flowing with what is going on in the world around us. One of the tools I use as a new age Mom is having my toddlers learn through Kindle Fires. They’re turning 3 and 4 this week, and yes, they already know how to navigate through their Kindles on their own.
Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are one of the best ways for your child to gain valuable skills that will help them through high school and beyond! As the DECA sponsor for my high school, here are some of my favorite reasons to encourage your child to join a career and technical student organization. Read more
“Mom, Paul was on slither.io again!!”
“I was not!”
This conversation has been rehearsed about 500 times since my children discovered that silly website. The standard fix would be to monitor their online time or just take it away altogether. The Paul mentioned above is only six-years-old, surely he does not NEED to be on the internet, right?
Unfortunately no. Since my children “attend” a virtual school, a lot of their day is spent online, accessing much of their coursework through the school’s website. This problem is confounded by the fact that I have multiple children in school at the moment — four to be exact. In addition I have three more not-quite-school-age children running around, as well. But we are going on our third year with this program and we really do appreciate all it has to offer. So what’s a busy momma to do? — Get smart!
Math is a four-letter word that leads to the exclamation and consumption of other four-letter words. As a high school business teacher, I frequently find myself helping students with math and occasionally teaching business math. Because I’m not a math teacher, I have a few tricks up my cardigan sleeve that I wanted to share with you! Read more
The holiday season has begun and before you know it, your kiddos will be home for winter break. Here are 13 ideas to keep them occupied and to keep you sane.
The holiday season is upon us, and if you are like me, you are perplexed by what to buy the weirdo, almost human beings (teenagers) in your life. I am not one to hand anyone a wad of cash, or even a few gift cards; I love watching the strange humans (teenagers) respond with glee as they tear into a gift. Choosing the right squeal-inducing present has become more and more challenging. Here is my list of gifts to give the alien inhabiting your loved one; each image is a link to Amazon.com, so you can purchase with ease! Read more
The other day I embarrassed myself in front of my friend Katy. We were reminiscing about Christmases from our childhood and family traditions. Katy’s family always puts together a puzzle. She smiled as she told me that they all just take turns sneaking into the room to put a few pieces together, so each person is pleasantly surprised to find it more and more completed.