My going-into-fourth-grade middle child has a summer reading assignment. She must read five books and do a book report project by the first day of class. Even though we read year round, she is protesting and slightly stressed about this homework. To select these books, I consulted My Best Book Lists and came up with these five.
In honor of Ramadan, I wanted to offer a book list to help bridge an understanding between Muslins and people of other faiths. It’s actually taken me more than a year to assemble this book list as I am not familiar with this topic. I hope that you will share your favorite books and I will add to this list. I wish you love and peace during this Ramadan celebration!
I tapped Capability:Mom for some great ideas to save money on back to school shopping. She told me about the Staples Back to School Savings Pass, Marshalls for shoes, a sale at LL Bean for packbacks one week before school and more. I also list my favorite surf/skate online kids’ stores that have great sales.
When I was a student at Harvard, I was unhappily studying as a premed and so tried to avoid studying as much as possible. One reliable method was to go to a library and take a nap. This worked pretty well except sometimes I snored. Finding the right library became a past time my boyfriend and I enjoyed as a procrastination technique. We knew there were a zillion libraries on campus — 90 is what Wikipedia says — and we’d hunt down a different library every day.
Applying to college early in the academic year — or, more specifically, submitting applications under binding early-decision programs — increases the likelihood of acceptance.
Please welcome my guest author Jocelyn Anne! She has great tips on healthy eating for Teens and really, families with kids of any age. I find that I need constant reminders to keep my house full of the good stuff. It’s an ongoing battle especially if my kids accompany me to the grocery store. Thanks Jocelyn Anne! It’s great to take advantage of the bounty of summer too!
5 Things Savvy Moms Should Know When Taking Their Tween/Teen to the Pediatrician: acne, meat-free, sexually active, tatoos and piercings, and teen angst.
Thank goodness the heat wave has passed here in New England. With a heat index of over 110 degrees this past week, the heat was unbearable and the air stifling. It seems we New Englanders always have our windows closed between the bitter cold and the sweltering heat. Finally, some respite this week. I have kept the windows open throughout the house today to air it out and that reminded me of the nice people at Anderson who offered to do a giveaway for a window gadget that keeps kids from falling out and hurting themselves.
I don’t know a lot about Southeast Asian American children’s literature so this was fun list to research and it was fun to hunt down books I had heard about but haven’t read in a while as well as discover a few really great authors that are new to me. I asked a Mom Friend at a birthday party — we were both waiting in the car for 2+ hours while our kids jumped on gigantic trampolines — since she’s East Asian what East Asian KidLit was in her bookshelves. She said there wasn’t a lot available and it’s true.