My parents still have the Seder plate I made when I was in my final year of preschool. The teachers demonstrated how to draw an egg, shank bone, and all the other essential accoutrements — and…5-year-old me drew two happy pigs, complete with belly buttons, basking in the sunshine instead. My mom remembers her mortification when I skipped out the classroom door and proudly presented her with that masterpiece. Though we may not have used my Seder plate for Passover that year, my mom kept the plate as a funny… >> Read More
As a mother of six kids, there are so many different teachers to whom I entrust my children day after day. And now, as we approach the end of the school year (sob!), I need to write…to you to tell you how much I respect and admire you and all that you do. First, for my youngest daughters’ teachers in nursery school. I believe nursery school teachers are a special breed. For the first time, our kids are away from home, and you become their out-of-the-house fearless leader. You teach them… >> Read More
As the school year draws to a close, chances are you're busy with end-of-year performances, ordering items to check off the summer camp packing list, and finalizing vacation and childcare…arrangements. But before school's officially out for summer, please be sure to properly thank your child's teachers. In addition to, you know, caring for and educating your kid, a teacher may have touched your child's life in ways you may not even know. Take the story of one Brooklyn boy, Shawn Carter — who's better… >> Read More
Recently, at a meeting, a colleague’s cell phone rang. He looked at his screen and went pale. “It’s the school,” he muttered and bolted out of the conference room.
As a mom, I know that…feeling all too well — hearing your phone ring and seeing the name of your child’s school as the caller is one of the most frightening parental moments. The time it takes you to pick up the phone and say hello may be the longest three seconds of your life. “Do I need a plastic… >> Read More
Today was a day our country's youth showed us what it was made of. Thousands of students joined the National School Walkout — taking to the streets to protest gun violence and in support of gun…control. The walkout was in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were recently killed in horrific massacre. (Most walkouts were scheduled for 10 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each victim). According to the Washington Post, organizers indicated that nearly 3,000 schools agreed to… >> Read More