Banning the hoodie:Another way of overpolicing our children

I came across this article from School Library Journal the other day and was horrified. Here is an excerpt from this article: In October, school officials banned students at North Garland High School in Texas from wearing hooded sweatshirts, alleging that kids could use them to hide their faces from security cameras or to concealContinue reading “Banning the hoodie:Another way of overpolicing our children”


Definition: according to Merriam-Webster, to express great joy, praise and thanks. And why am I shouting such joyful blessings from the rooftops people (yes, I am now with my laptop in our freezing rain encrusted climate yelling my thanks to the heavens)? Because I just got the first bulletin from my youngest daughter’s new teacher.Continue reading “Hallelujah!!!!!”

As if I needed confirmation

My daughter wrote a letter to her favorite author the other day. She has fallen in love with Chris Riddell‘s Ottoline books and wanted to tell him how much she appreciated them. Dramatic pause. Now, to say I am thrilled would be to say that that Stephen Harper might not like art that much. ThatContinue reading “As if I needed confirmation”

I Solemnly Swear to be a Hands Off Parent

It is that time of year again, where the kids go back to school. And for the sake of my sanity and consequently my family’s sanity, I have made a few new school year resolutions for myself: 1) On pain of death, I will not volunteer for a parent committee. The cost of whiskey isContinue reading “I Solemnly Swear to be a Hands Off Parent”

It’s the end of the school year

One. last. week. of. school. Good. ‘Cause I’m done. I am not going to set up my little vegetable factory, where I get ten small tupperwear containers and stick a week’s worth of carrots , peppers and cucumbers in them just so that they get left to rot in a locker at school. I amContinue reading “It’s the end of the school year”

Less homework, more results

If you have been listening or reading the news recently, you will have heard of a study conducted by PISA (program for international student assessment) on the academic achievement level of 15 year olds all over the world. Despite the fact that Finland gives less homework than many other nations, they do not have manyContinue reading “Less homework, more results”

All she wants to do is dance

Tuesday night. Open class at my oldest’s ballet class. But let us back up shall we, to about 7:30 in the morning, at the height of the morning rush to get out of the house. She woke up in an emotionally volatile mood, biting our heads off when we told her to brush her teethContinue reading “All she wants to do is dance”

Back to Life, Back to reality

Yet during my astounding month long success as a person who actually writes, life continued in its usual harried way. Besides work and work and J’s work and more work and moving in and trying to finish the renovations on the house and unpacking and…..well, you get the picture, I had another parent teacher meetingContinue reading “Back to Life, Back to reality”