As the mom of five and one currently in the throes of his freshman year of high school, I’m always on the hunt for ways to help them learn and gain knowledge. But I’m not always the best person to ask for homework help. English, social studies, literature, and general science are subjects I know quite a bit about. Math and advanced topics like physics and chemistry, not so much. So when my 15-year-old approaches me with a problem like this:
2.64-(-1.83)= -1/6-5= -5/7(division sign)(-3/28= 9/2/-3= -3(-2)(1/3)(-4)(2)= -5-(2)= -5-(-2)=
I have a tendency to run for the nearest exit screaming, “I am not smarter than a fifth grader!” Thankfully there is a website that students and parents can turn to in times of need. It’s called Brainly and it’s AWESOME. Brainly is the world’s largest social learning network for students with emphasis on homework help. Read more
After 18 years of parenting, your little one (who’s not so little anymore) is starting the next chapter—college. This is an exciting time for the whole family. And after the excitement wears off, you’ll finally have the time to put yourself first. Start your very own next chapter by reconnecting with friends, trying new things and—finally—buying yourself a little something special. Read more
I thought I knew what it would be like to have a child. I had earned college credits in early childhood education, worked in preschools, and been a nanny. Hell, I had a Doctorate degree in Psychology. Having kids couldn’t be harder than that? Sure, I had heard about sleep deprivation, but that gets better after three months, right?
Fast forward many (many as I am now “advance maternal age”) years. Here are some of the things that no one told me, or (more likely) the evolutionary strategy of not-hearing-reality-in-order-to-propogate-survival-of-the-species prevented me from hearing: Read more
Hunting can quickly become a controversial conversation if you aren’t sure how everyone in the group feels about it. And, if you’re on the fence about taking your kids hunting with you, it can be hard to get a second opinion. If you just can’t seem to decide, here are a few reasons why hunting can be a good experience for your child: Read more
I’m a member of the Elf on the Shelf Haters Club. There will never be a tight-wearing, creepy bastard taking up residence on our shelves. You will not find one hidden in a dead philodendron or dropping strawberry poops into our commode. (Although I did find a mysterious half-eaten fruit in the shower the other day. I suspect it was the laundry fairy, not an uninvited dwarf.) But I’m not a total Scrooge as you might suspect. I’ve embraced a shitzilion holiday traditions (right down to Gummy Bear infused fruitcake), but Elf on the Shelf … no. He’ll never be welcomed through our doors.
You might ask yourself, “Crystal…what kind of mother doesn’t have an Elf on the Shelf?” Read more
You want what is best for your children. Even when they are not at school, you want them to be learning, developing and growing. But, kids don’t like the sound of that. Homework can be a battle and weekends are made for fun.
However, technology is making it easier to put educational games at your kid’s fingertips. This helps to take the fight out of learning, and help your kids have fun while developing their skills. You can use apps on the latest smartphones and tablets in order to give your child everything they need to learn and grow. Here are just a few suggestions of educational apps that can grow with your child: Read more
You better watch out, you better not… hate holiday music? We decided that we wanted to predict which states are going to be on Santa’s naughty and nice lists this year, and to do that, we used our elves to find out how much holiday music each state listens to and what songs are the most popular. Read more