Kids Have Questions

Kids Have Questions

Why can't I share my Cheetos with Sam?     Why can't I have a slumber party? Why do I have to wear this mask? As parents, we're already a hot mess (speaking for myself) with uncertainties, questions, and trying to do all we can to keep our family safe. Our kids sit...

It’s Times Like These

It’s Times Like These

It's times like these you learn to live again It's times like these you give and give again It's times like these you learn to love again It's times like these time and time again Recently there was an amazing remix of one of my favorite Foo Fighter's songs - Times...

The Ugly Face of Racism and What We Can Do to Help

The Ugly Face of Racism and What We Can Do to Help

 The World is on Fire Coronavirus, Racism, Violence. How do our children find the good within the chaos? Our job as parents, teachers, grandparents, and educators is to help children understaWhand how we got here, and do our best to stop the cycle of hate. I made up a...

True Confessions from Quarantine

True Confessions from Quarantine

I hope everyone is dong well, staying sane, and keeping safe during this strange and unique time. There are so many emotions that hop through my head on a daily basis that can be difficult to reconcile. I thought I'd share my thoughts in case someone else feels like...

Picture Books to Teach Tough Topics in History

Picture Books to Teach Tough Topics in History

  It's no secret that I believe picture books can save the world. Picture books can teach kindness, empathy, and emotional support for anxiety, grief, or anger issues (an so much more.) I wanted to share how picture books can be used to introduce tough subjects...

“Trying to Stay Afloat” – a short story.

“Trying to Stay Afloat” – a short story.

Recently, I entered a short story contest with the writing prompt to include "a goldfish" and "the library." I didn't win - no big deal, but I wanted to share my story here. Suicide is real and sometimes a simple act of kindness or an acknowledgment of someone's...

The Responsibility of a Children’s Author

The Responsibility of a Children’s Author

When a child reads a novel, they want to be entertained and swept away into familiar worlds or magical places. I used to be a kid ... long, long ago. As a fourth grader, I craved mystery and detective stories. I voraciously read Nancy Drew mysteries and Stephen King....

Fun with Filters – Advice from a potato and a frog

Fun with Filters – Advice from a potato and a frog

I decided to have fun with this blog post. I'm not trying to preach life lessons - I'M NO EXPERT! If you've ever tried to explain something to your kids, and they stare at you with glassy eyes, BUT then a person next to you shows them a video or an Instagram post...

Anxiety Brain – The Constant Battle

Anxiety Brain – The Constant Battle

The frustrating part of anxiety is that little voice in your brain zipping around your head telling you things that are absurd and irrational. Deep inside, I know it's not the truth, but it's exhausting. The next time your friend, mom, sister, aunt, husband, or loved...

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