Mommy Mayhem

Hey Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

(This is a post I wrote at Huffington Post a while back but I always like to re-share it the morning after I’ve been to the book fair. The photos were taken yesterday so the crap is still alive and well!) It’s book fair season and that should be a good thing but for those… Continue reading Hey Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

Mommy Mayhem · Newsletter · School Talk

This Week with Moms-in-Ed

Greetings from Chicago where I’m spending a long overdue couple days with my Ed Post colleagues. It was 70 degrees in my little state of Rhode Island and 25 degrees colder when I landed here in the Windy City. I really wish I had packed a jacket.  While people’s TVs and news feeds are ablaze… Continue reading This Week with Moms-in-Ed

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

By Shawnta Barnes This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day.  This day was founded by the World Federation for Mental Health and is celebrated on October 10 each year.  This year’s theme is, “Mental health in the workplace.” Over the last few years, mindfulness and social emotional learning have become buzzwords in schools.… Continue reading Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Back To School Night: The Best Parts and Why They Matter

While the start of the night wasn’t ideal as my only copy of my 7th grade son’s schedule was what he had scrawled onto a napkin with a highlighter, it ended up being really good and there is one simple reason: the teachers. Obviously I only got a snapshot of how they do things but… Continue reading Back To School Night: The Best Parts and Why They Matter

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Stay Off the Parent Portal This Year and Go Get a Pedicure

The information age has done a lot of things and one of them is make parents a little cray cray.  Ok, a lot cray cray. There are certain times of the year when this unique version of crazy goes into overdrive and the start of school is definitely one of them. And for the record,… Continue reading Stay Off the Parent Portal This Year and Go Get a Pedicure

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

They’re Back! And We Forgot to Pack Pencils.

I did it. I made it to the end of summer as a mom of three boys who works from home.  Though the way I see it, all parents who make it to the end of the summer road deserve a high five. I mean, putting aside the moms who love to be with their… Continue reading They’re Back! And We Forgot to Pack Pencils.

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Planet Mom Radio Comes to My Kitchen in Rhode Island. Twice!

Planet Mom Radio is back and has been broadcasting live from my kitchen—despite the distractions of kids walking around, dogs barking, and mounds of laundry, we still managed to talk about lots of mom stuff and school stuff. The first episode here touches on how much food kids go through during the summer, how my… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio Comes to My Kitchen in Rhode Island. Twice!

Mommy Mayhem · Planet Mom Radio · School Talk

Planet Mom Radio from Chicago: We Got Guests and One is a Hell of a Singer

Windy City or Bust! Planet Mom Radio has been in Chicago for the past fews and enjoying the privilege of meeting so many education advocates and parents from all over the country. Keri and I talk about two highly successful schools that are under attack in MA and RI and then we shifted to hosting… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio from Chicago: We Got Guests and One is a Hell of a Singer

Mommy Mayhem · Planet Mom Radio · School Talk

Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

On this very rainy Tuesday (when, yet again, all baseball games will be cancelled and the pressure will be on for me to actually make dinner), Keri and I hit the airwaves with our sixth episode of Planet Mom Radio. We talk about the never-ending gloating going on over Question 2 in Massachusetts: you won,… Continue reading Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Planet Mom Radio: Concert Tragedy, Dress Code Dilemmas, and $34 million for a Big Fat Nothing

Today on Planet Mom Radio we had to first let Keri vent about her grouchiness and then we got down to business. We talked briefly about our ‘new normal’ in the age of terrorism, discussed the challenges posed by dress codes (and the students and parents who refuse to follow them), and listened to Keri… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: Concert Tragedy, Dress Code Dilemmas, and $34 million for a Big Fat Nothing