September 29, 2016 Evie+Sarah 0Comment

On Monday night, I watched the first presidential debate with something like waves of fear washing over me. It was the same feeling you get watching your child perform, knowing you can’t help them but feeling like the weight of their performance somehow falls on you. Hillary carries the hopes and dreams of all women on her shoulders because even if you don’t like her politics, the possibility of her victory, of her taking a proverbial baseball bat to the glass ceiling that suffragists only dreamed of shattering, changes everything. I wasn’t alone in my feeling of anticipation, with this being…

September 27, 2016 Sarah 1Comment

Photo Credit: CBS News Within the first thirty minutes of the debate, I actually thought Trump might win. The debate, that is. A talk about economy left Secretary Clinton sounding  like a socialist; her plan to redistribute wealth was a little too much for me. He totally schooled her on trade. He was looking more prepared than ever. For a few minutes, I saw myself supporting Trump. But there’s a reason debates are 90 minutes, not 20. Not only do they test the knowledge of the candidates, but they also test stamina, the ability to think and respond quickly and the…

September 25, 2016 Evie 0Comment

One of my favorite things about the Bullet Journal for Moms Email Challenge is the questions subscribers send me, like: “I’m stuck on how one merges a digital and analog life—phones with planners.” This is such an insightful question, and really gets at the heart of why some of us are reluctant to give Bullet Journaling a try. Here’s the thing: a Bullet Journal can’t/won’t/shouldn’t take the place of your phone. Your smart phone can do things a Bullet Journal never could, like set an alert an hour before your kid’s dentist appointment. On the other hand, the analog nature of your Bullet…

September 22, 2016 Evie 0Comment

In the age of standardized testing, subjects like art and music get swept aside in school as trifling niceties. But what are kids really losing out on when we can’t find more than an hour a month to devote to building a love and understanding of the arts? And what skills and experiences are we leaving on the table by cutting into that precious instruction time for everything from fundraisers to health screenings. As someone who was introduced to music in a public elementary school and continued to study music up through college, where I graduated with a degree in Art…

September 18, 2016 Sarah 3Comment

He can’t complete it right away. After sitting at school for six hours, the last thing he wants to do is open that folder and write his numbers, practice his ending consonant sounds or work on his sight words. So we don’t. An hour of tv later, and I’m trying to coax him to the dining room table so we can knock out 20 or 30 minutes of homework before dinner and shower time, and that’s on the nights we don’t have any activities or sports. On those nights, we have to go faster, and sometimes, he does his homework…

September 15, 2016 Evie 1Comment

Learning how to meditate seems like one of those idealistic goals—the type you set at the start of a New Year only to discover that it’s totally not going to happen. Meditation is for people with quiet lives, people who live in houses overlooking the beach, people who prepare all organic vegan meals and enjoy every bite. Not ordinary people like me who spend their days overdoing it and then doing damage control with a glass of wine. I’ve tried meditating before, deducing that, at the most basic level, I was supposed to turn my mind off, but success has…

September 12, 2016 Sarah 2Comment

“Can I be a Storm Trooper?” “No.” “How about a Power Ranger! With a gun??” “Nope.” “Darth Vader?” “No.” “All my friends can be those things. Why. Can’t. I.??” My son has been dying to choose his Halloween costume since July. So earlier this week, with the first of the Halloween costumes sprouting in the stores, we went for our first go see. I told him he didn’t have to choose one today, but he was determined to walk out the door with his Halloween costume. So we started negotiations and as you read above, it didn’t start well. It’s a…