The middle school years are a time of great transition, when children grow at a rapid pace socially, emotionally and intellectually. It’s a time when kids are trying to figure out who they are, searching for their strengths and...
At Shady Side Academy’s two elementary schools, classes have never been limited by walls. Teachers in all grades and disciplines take lessons outside, where students can engage with nature and explore the world around them. The SSA Country Day School...
At this stage in my mommyhood, I wanted to share my feelings about the preschool world. When I started this post I wrote about the days leading up to preschool and how I was handling it and decided I...
Considering cloth diapers, but not sure where to start? We're about to get real about catching the poop, without breaking the bank. Why cloth diaper? Since finances are kind of my thing, we’ll stick mostly to that line of thinking later...
Before my 4th son was born, I didn't think much about inclusion. When he was diagnosed with Down syndrome a few weeks after birth, I suddenly had a long list of worries, fears, and questions. I learned everything I...
Reading mom articles and blogs, I find that you can categorize moms into two types.   While this is not the only way to split fellow moms, I find that most fall into the category of “working moms” or “stay-at-home...

Delaying Kindergarten

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Today is our son's 5th birthday. It should also be his very first day of kindergarten. While we will be eating cake and opening presents after tonight's dinner, we won't be rehashing the details of his first day of...
As the kids are getting ready to go back in school, it’s time to celebrate and ease into your family routine again – which should include swimming lessons! At Goldfish Swim School, we’ve designed our curriculum to not only...
  When we enrolled our son in Kindergarten last year, we learned that our school has a “Service Hours” requirement. I knew I would volunteer for a classroom activity to serve some of these hours. My mom was a Stay...
Being a Mom is the toughest job there is and being a new Mom is definitely a whole new learning experience. You are bombarded with all sorts of information from your own Mom or Grandmother, you’ve read countless books...

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