New Spooky Middle Grade Books to Read This October (and Beyond)

Dig out your favorite sweater, slow cook a double batch of chili, and grab a stack of spooky middle grade books to read with your kids this October! Spooky middle grade books have value all year round, but they’re especially fun this time of year. Why? Because it’s Halloween time! The parties, the costumes, the …

Selling Kids Clothes on Poshmark: A Busy Mom’s How-To Guide

Are you looking for a flexible side hustle you can do from the comfort of your own home? If so, then selling kids clothes on Poshmark is a legit gig for you. Hear me out… When my sister schooled me on selling my piles of used kids clothes on Poshmark, I had my doubts. It …

Meal Prep & Planning: A Busy Mom’s Sanity-Saving Tips

There are oodles of benefits to family meal prep and planning. For me, a busy mom of four active kids, the benefits are: It’s a time-saver because it takes the guesswork out of lunches and dinners. It makes my life easier when our schedule is stacked with activities. We avoid mid-week trips to the pizza …

How To Stop Caring About Your Teen’s Messy Room

The start of the 2020-21 academic year loomed large on the horizon. Soon my four kids would be remote learning from the desks in their bedrooms. After six months of social distancing in the home, the kids’ rooms had fallen into a state of chaos. It was time to right the sinking ship. I spotted …

Why You Should Let Kids Choose Their Own Books

Would you select a work of horror fiction to read if you hated horror? Would you spend your free time watching football on television if you didn’t care for sports? No. The answer is always no. Why, then, do we expect our kids to read books they don’t enjoy? If we are talking about independent …

How to Write a Book Review: A Guide for Parents and Kids

Writing is one of the most under-taught skills in public schools. Fight me! I can take the heat. With all the focus on STEM, writing skills have taken a backseat to our cultural obsession with science and technology. Any educational system that does not value writing does a disservice to its students. Not only is …

Monday Confession: Bad Book Habits

Monday Confession: I have bad book habits. To be fair, I’ve never thought of my book habits as “bad,” but it’s apparent the bookish community begs to differ. Bad Book Habit #1: Dog-Ears As a newbie to the Twitter writing community, I posted a simple question about bookmarks or dog-ears. I meant it to be …

How to Get the Most From Parent-Child Read Alouds

Are you looking for ways to get the most from your parent-child read alouds? I’m always on the prowl for ways to cultivate extra bonding, learning, and engagement during these daily sessions with my children. My husband and I read aloud to our children for many reasons. Most important: It affords us extra one-on-one time …

New Books on Time Travel That Will Shake Up Your Reading List

Are you looking for some new time travel books that will shake up your reading list? Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time helped me discover I would forever love stories about time travel. The existence of a tesseract (a fifth-dimensional phenomenon explained as folding of the fabric of time and space) tugged on my imagination …