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I just got off the phone with my oldest son, who will be 26 in August. Whenever I think about my pregnancies or my babies, I think of him first--even though it was so many years ago. Stories about him are flooding my memory. I can't come up with just one right now. But I can still see him in my mind, a rambunctious toddler. My youngest is 12 and still very energetic. I have four more in between these two. Only two are still in K-12. Three are in college and one is grown with a wife and a family. For many years I was a teacher--middle school and high school social studies in a small private school. Six years ago I quit teaching and became a full-time novelist. My stories reflect my life as a mother. I have many pet peeves, but right now I'm feeling mellow. I'll have to come back and write those in later.
Post in: My son's teacher says he won't talk to her September 18, 2011
I went through this with my 18 year old. Fifth grade was the worst for him because he had a teacher who got right in his face (literally) and tried... More »
Post in: Homework April 17, 2011
Yes, an hour is definitely too much for first grade. When I taught the rule of thumb was 10 minutes per grade level. According to that, your son... More »
Post in: Teaching a stubborn child... February 13, 2011
Don't push her. She'll simply resist you more. My 18-year old has almost always been a stubborn learner, at least since second or third... More »
Post in: PE vs Science and Social Studies December 14, 2010
I think other subjects should be cut rather than cutting science, social studies, or PE. I used to teach social studies and my lessons included... More »
Post in: Bladder Control and Extra Credit December 6, 2010
I used to teach and I could never imagine such a thing. As a teacher I certainly encouraged my students to use the restroom during free times, but... More »
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