I've seen the charge that the lunch note is a symptom of helicopter parenting, of parents not being able to let their kids be even for a few hours a day. But good lunch notes aren't a way to tell kids to do better in math, or make them feel better that they're trying really hard at math. They're physical evidence of an ongoing conversation.Read More
Imagine you are were of the millions of fourth graders who devoured the first eleven books, only to find your school won't let you buy the conclusion. I'm sure many enterprising students at Arborwood found a way to read the last book in spite of the ban. Kids are smart.
But that, like one of Pilkey's aptly-named lunch ladies, Mrs. DePoint.Read More
When I started snackdinner, I knew I wanted to write a book. But I didn't feel I could write a book. In this first "book report," I want to share why I changed my mind, in hopes that those of you imagining your own big projects might be inspired to start.Read More
Cold and flu season leads to lots of unnecessarily worried parents, in large part because the language we use to talk about disease is so confusing. Before you have to stock up on the tissues and chicken soup, take some time to sort the actually scary from the mere scary-sounding.Read More
My seven-minute showers are the most imaginative moments of my day.
I know that screaming I hear isn't from a mortal wound. It's just the start of a house-wide search for a pink bouncy ball that kiddo lost weeks ago but has to find RIGHT NOW. But that doesn't keep me from running through lists of what ifs.Read More
I'm learning to make the same kinds of choices with my blog too. I am not a professional photographer. I am not a professional web designer. I am not a professional marketer. So I outsource these essential blogging skills to places so that I can focus on my writing.Read More