Your Annual Classroom Valentine Sanity Check

A box of store bought valentines is not a sign of slacking.

Clever homemade Valentines are wonderful…but only if you love doing that sort of thing. If you feel the stress or "pressure to perform" ratcheting up, please remember that store-bought Valentines are not a sign of "slacking," they're a choice to … [Read more]

Super-simple washi tape pencil Valentines

Washi tape pencil Valentine. Photo credit: Tami Hackbarth

I put out the call for people's easy, homemade Valentine ideas, and look what Tami Hackbarth sent in: her daughter's sweet Valentine pencils fancied up with washi tape labels. Quick, creative, inexpensive, practical, and a welcome break from candy. A … [Read more]

6 Truths That Will Strengthen Your Marriage

"Every action in your marriage is a brick."

This is a good moment to consider marriage, don't you think? I haven't written much about relationships, but when I have the response has been immediate, passionate and, at times, heart-tugging. This is what I heard: We care about our … [Read more]

Why classroom valentines matter to our kids

Classroom Valentines

My youngest child just started middle school, so we're done with classroom Valentines. But I've still got a soft spot for them. I remember how fun it was to get a box full of valentines from my classmates, and how I couldn't wait to read and … [Read more]

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A new look for Parent Hacks

Parent Hacks Redesign

In a move that epitomizes the phrase IT'S ABOUT TIME, Parent Hacks has a new look! Yes indeed. I now have a blog that can be properly searched, and can be viewed on a mobile phone. I know! If you're interested in the back-end details, … [Read more]

Post-holiday reentry: it’s never painless

Rocket reentry. Photo credit: SantaRosa OLD SKOOL via Flickr/cc

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We did, for the most part. A couple holiday parties, a great visit with my parents and one of my oldest friends, my son’s first solo travel as a full-fledged GUY (not an “unaccompanied … [Read more]