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 · Podcast · 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 · Podcast · 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

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Miles (age 5) makes his first appearance on Planet Mom Radio!

God is good when he brings my partner in crime home to me and we can get back at it on Planet Mom Radio. I really missed her (even though we texted daily.) My world is off kilter when certain people are geographically far away and Keri is one of them. The biggest and best… Continue reading Miles (age 5) makes his first appearance on Planet Mom Radio!

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

A Mother’s Day Love Letter to my Mom Squad

Dearest Mom Squad, As we approach another Mother’s Day (and it’s looking like a rainy one for me and my Rhode Island pals), I couldn’t resist the urge to say a few things about you and to thank you for being the people in my village who are always there for me to help keep the… Continue reading A Mother’s Day Love Letter to my Mom Squad