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Standardized Testing: Love it? Hate it? Not sure about it? California public school students in Grades 3-8 and 11 participate in annual standardized testing called the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced or SBAC, for short). Here are some facts that...
The birds and the bees are going to fly into our children’s lives at some point. How will they enter? As a tenured teacher new to 5th grade curriculum, I attended a "puberty talk" training. That training prepared me to...
Like many of us, I am still in utter disbelief and sorrow that there has been yet another school shooting. I struggle enough with how to manage my own reactions to this catastrophic tragedy, and it is deeply saddening...
When you have winter birthdays (like my kids) you have limited options for birthday parties especially since I’m not one for having 30 screaming children inside my house.  At these times, my husband and I are very grateful for...
Most of the parents in my circle have at least two kids under the age of seven.  Their lives are busy.  They balance their family obligations, relationships, jobs, school schedules, extracurriculars, weekends away, and more.  They have limited free...
Spoiler Alert: There isn’t one. Right now, I am neck deep in the process of selecting a San Francisco public school for my four-year-old daughter to attend kindergarten next year. I started the process the necessary full year ahead of time by...
This post is sponsored, but the opinions are 100% our own.    You know those amazing moments when you provide your child with an incredibly enriching after school activity; the ones where they are just so engaged, it’s hard to get...
This post is sponsored, but the opinions are 100% our own.  Want your child to develop grit? Have a growth mindset? Know how to persevere through failure? Of course you do. Here’s one way to encourage these traits: have your...
Selecting a school for your child is really hard—especially when she’s five years old and you’re not entirely sure what her needs will be tomorrow, let alone in a few years. Often people look to test scores and lists...

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I am not a crafty mom. I am not a creative mom, and before you try to console me, let me tell you about a few #fails. Halloween costumes come from Amazon or Zulily, because the one time I...

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