Tag Archives: education

The Day I Glued Stickers to a T-Shirt…Again

There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for the teachers at my kids’ schools. I’ve covered over 60 cereal boxes with red construction paper for Valentine’s Day mailboxes. I’ve spent hours shelving books in the student library. I’ve scoured the internet for classroom party games that meet a narrow field of expectations. I’ve even spent entire days outside to supervise Field… Read more »

The Day I Knew How to Support

It’s October, which means social media is saturated with ways to “support” breast cancer awareness, research, and patients. These are the top three ways family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers have best supported me since I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago: Being My Village Empathy goes a long way in our world, and we talk about how it… Read more »

The Day I Didn’t Laugh

amy   September 29, 2016   No Comments on The Day I Didn’t Laugh

  When nervous, I break out the comedy. It’s a family trait; my dad and my brothers do the same thing. We go into full stand-up mode when tension gets thick. I’m not sure how my mother has dealt with it over the years, and I suspect she considers all four of us annoying because of it. It’s tough to… Read more »

The Day I Was Alone

amy   September 15, 2016   No Comments on The Day I Was Alone

  I have been a parent now for eleven and a half years. During that time, I have had at least one infant or toddler under my care for the majority of my day. It’s how I roll, with a sidekick while shopping, at doctors’ appointments, or in the hairstylist’s chair. I’ve had kids with me while I swimsuit shopped,… Read more »

The Day I Didn’t Feel Safe

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, I knew that many women and men had received their own diagnoses before I did. Many others had felt the shock, the disappointment, and the worry that I was experiencing. Sadly, many others have also experienced it after me, and some for the second or third time. I was… Read more »

The Day Embarrassment Gave Me Permission

  My children go back to school next week. It’s hard to believe summer break is coming to an end, but it’s always an exciting time in our house. The kids look forward to seeing their friends more often, to meeting new people and, most of all, to begining a relationship with a new teacher. Even Baby #4 is getting… Read more »

The Day I Put Soap on a Spoon

  Some days, the greatest parenting challenge is keeping a straight face. Baby #3 is creative, curious, observant, unrestrained, and…quite frankly…exhausting to parent. He isn’t the type of kid that needs to be chased after (although that could describe his early years) but he definitely needs supervision. He will take apart your watch if you leave it laying on the… Read more »

The Day I Stayed in the Middle

  I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom since becoming pregnant with Baby #2. A lot has happened over the years since resigning my paying job: a new house, a dog, breast cancer, 1.5 to 4 kids, and the normal daily chaos of life continuing its churn. Strangers like to tell me I “have my hands full” and that I’m “always keeping busy,”… Read more »

The Day I Didn’t Scratch My Face Off

It’s springtime! Signs of life are all around us, with little critters and animals scurrying about, flowers in full bloom, and trees filling out their canopies of leaves…and I want to pop out my eyeballs, dunk them in Benedryl, and stay holed up in my air-conditioned house until…oh, I don’t know…maybe winter? Since my breast cancer diagnosis, seasonal allergies, which began in… Read more »

The Day I Defined Adulting

  Over the past month, social media has been abuzz with talk of the Buddy Bench, a designated seat near a school’s recess area where kids can go if they feel they need a friend. When other children see one of their peers sitting on the bench, they can invite that person to play, or engage him/her in conversation. This concept’s… Read more »