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17 Effective Ways To Help A Struggling Reader (updated for 2021)

These are 17 of the most effective tactics to help a struggling reader. Updated and ready for 2021.  Last week, my son was looking for a favorite YouTube channel. As he scrolled through the options, it occurred to me that he was reading the titles. I held my breath a little, wondering, “Will he need my help?” A few minutes […]

Is It A Reward or Bribe? How Do I Motivate My Child?

I am asked this question all the time. Is it a reward or a bribe when I try to incentivize my child’s behavior? I work with a family that has super smart and also pretty intense kiddos.  It comes with the giftedness territory and these children are no exception.  Their eleven year old was struggling to take an important medicine […]

To The Single Mom At Christmas

This is a letter to the single mom at Christmas.  Dear Single Mom, I have been thinking of you since Thanksgiving. As Christmas gets closer and closer, I have been praying for your heart. This time of year is hard for you, I know. I was a single mom for almost five years. My sister was for seven. And my […]

The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling A Struggling Learner

Homeschooling a struggling learner is not what I thought it would be. It’s so much better and in some ways, worse.  When my son was in public school, I spent a lot of time daydreaming about what it would be like if I could stay home with him and homeschool. No drop-off meltdowns. No calls from the teacher. No sinking […]

Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

I have been feeling the pressure for a while now. It was subtle at first. Like a vague feeling of stress, mixed with the whisper that I am forgetting something. Then, as the holiday season progressed, it grew. The shopping, the wrapping, the traditions, the parties – the holiday season is in full force.     This morning, I woke […]

For The Mom Who Won’t Be Sending A Holiday Letter This Year

I opened the first one last week. A sweet holiday card with a folded up piece of themed paper tucked inside. Before unfolding, I took a deep breath. These letters are tough sometimes. I love hearing the updates. I enjoy seeing what everyone’s been up to. This year, it’s interesting to see how 2020 has changed some holiday letters. I […]