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The Hell That Is Spirit Week and How to Properly Prepare For It

When you have your first child’s first Spirit Week at preschool, it’s ridiculously cute. Pajama Day, Crazy Hair Day, Crazy Sock Day—it’s one week of silliness that you’re all doing together. It’s novel. It’s picture-worthy. But holy crackers and cheese, does it get old fast. I’m on my approximately 784th Spirit Week, and in the spirit […]

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How to Deal When Your Kid Hates School

An eight-year-old boy suddenly refused to go to school. He was usually the first one up and ready to leave the house each day, but in the middle of October, something changed. Daily stomachaches made getting out the door on time nearly impossible, but his doctor couldn’t find anything wrong. Meltdowns became a nightly occurrence. […]

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My Middle Kid’s Homework Habits Are Crushing My Soul

My first born kid was just easy. Easy to read, easy to get along with, easy to please. As he entered school, his personality stayed the same. He understood certain things were expected of him. Things like classwork and homework and putting away his toys. He was very independent and only had minor instances where […]