School started this week.  Did your stress level just go up from reading those words? Because mine went up from typing them. For the past six years, the start of the school year has meant my husband and children would go...
We are in our eighth year of homeschooling (yes, we were homeschooling before it was cool). And since we started when my daughter was in kindergarten, that means that (gulp!) we have a seventh grader this year. This is the...
The day that my kids were supposed to start school has come and gone. August is looking so far from normal that I can barely recognize it. I'm pretty sure my first grader doesn't notice. Although, to me, this...
The school supplies are front and center at Target and Walmart. Teacher emails and phone calls are being made. The calendar says August and no pandemic can stop the 2020-2021 school year from starting, even if it looks different...
The first day of school for my family is just around the corner and we are beyond excited! My five-year-old daughter will be starting kindergarten virtually through a nearby school, and I’ll be doing homeschool preschool with my three-year-old daughter....
It's 2 p.m. and I'm sitting on my back porch. That's right, I said sitting. It's one of those days I've decided to let the dishes pile up and use the ever sacred nap hour as a time to...
Just like everyone else, COVID-19 has thrown my entire life, and the life of my family, for a loop. One of the biggest ways COVID has affected us is in the education of my children. I send them to...
Has there ever been a more fraught back to school season than this one? I can't recall a single one. Parenting during a pandemic has thrown all of us some curve balls. Child care issues, meal planning, bedtime shenanigans...
Imagine you have a career that you love. Perhaps you have even dreamed of having this career your whole life. You spent time role playing for it as a child. In high school, you participated in clubs and volunteered...
It's back to school time, and heading into a new school year has never looked as different as it does now. Whether your child will be participating in a hybrid model, virtual, face-to-face, or homeschooling, we've got you covered...
I didn’t want to write about this. I said I wouldn’t write about this. Too controversial. Too polarizing. Not my scene. I like bringing people together - feel-good writing, if you will. But as a writer, writing...
Many parents mark their calendars for tax free weekend because it's the one time of year businesses - small and large alike - offer great sales ALONG with NO sales tax here in SC. And with school right around...
It's easy to become overwhelmed and paralyzed by indecision, as the list of education possibilities grows, thanks to the Coronavirus. Full-time, face to face learning? Completely virtual learning? A hybrid of both? None of the above?  It's difficult to discern...
  It’s the middle of July in the craziest unicorn-flying, killer wasp attacking, Lysol injecting, alien sighting, toilet paper hoarding, crazier than any sci-fi movie ever made, year of my life. And I haven’t even had a single drink this...
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There is no argument that 2020 has been, above all things, just weird. Virtual everything, from school to VBS to camps to church. New...