Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Moms on a Super Bowl School, School Discipline, an Anti-Military Rant, a Reunion with Students, and, Ugh, Laundry!

  It’s Friday—yeah baby—but that means that I will spend much of my time later today searching frantically for all three of my son’s basketball uniforms. I think they’re washed and folded somewhere but figuring out which basket of clothes they may be hiding in is always an overwhelming challenge for me and since all… Continue reading Moms on a Super Bowl School, School Discipline, an Anti-Military Rant, a Reunion with Students, and, Ugh, Laundry!

Mommy Mayhem · Rhode Island · School Talk

My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

Tonight was the Rhode Island Governor’s State of the State Address. Gina Raimondo is beginning the final year of her first term and her address was predictable in that it had some stellar moments and well deserved applause lines as well as some glaring omissions. But I am already indebted to my Governor because her… Continue reading My New BowFlex, The State of the Littlest State, and the Best T-Shirt I’ve Ever Bought

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