Reading Help: 3 Simple Tools to Encourage Reading

Getting your child to read more is the parenting challenge of the 21st Century. Forget about how hard it is for an English teacher to get a student to read a book. Even if you’re lucky enough to have one parent staying at home, that doesn’t mean the parent can just make a child miraculouslyContinue reading “Reading Help: 3 Simple Tools to Encourage Reading”

Wicked Laughter Meets the Mob

Was it the track suits, the rancid meat, or the fact that laughing and horror are somehow co-dependent? For anyone, especially parents, needing to laugh, this is your ticket to giggles, spit-laughter, and wiggle-in-your-seat squeals of delight. Stay tuned for more here at BraveSmart, with Writer/Producer/Actress/Comedian Jill Michele, and Producer/Actor/Writer/Comedian Carlos Alzraqui.

Educators and Parents Need to Read This

Taking a break from teaching has given me time to explore the world of education through the Internet. I’ve found some sites that feel like an endless trail of links to worksheets that are essentially irrelevant to students of the 2020 realm.  But, I’ve also found websites that are not only 2020 perfect, but 2020Continue reading “Educators and Parents Need to Read This”

Find the best authors at THE MIAMI BOOK FAIR

Crowds.  Noise.  Everything that many book lovers usually run from will be swirling around and crackling through the air at the Miami Book Fair in the coming weeks.  The first time I took my kids there, I was slapped with screeching children, tents with more screeching children, loud music, and sometimes happy, mostly angry parents.Continue reading “Find the best authors at THE MIAMI BOOK FAIR”

Halloween Horror shatters school stress.

We sat outside, surrounding our fire pit, and roasting marshmallows on sticks. Each of us listening to the next scary story as if a monster might jump right out of the storyteller’s mouth. It was as simple as that. We forgot the horror of  early morning carpools and catching colds as well as the burdenContinue reading “Halloween Horror shatters school stress.”

5 Best Ways to Help Teens Survive School Anxiety

Between getting up before the sun even rises and just thinking about homework, all teenagers feel at least a tinge of anxiety when the school year begins. Overachievers might find themselves biting their cuticles. Underachievers might dread the teachers who will ridicule them for not trying. Social butterflies might obsess over a pimple, their hair,Continue reading “5 Best Ways to Help Teens Survive School Anxiety”

Stimulating the Summer Brain: For parents who are watching their children drool over their devices.

Heavy into summer, kids do not want to hear the word “school” let alone the word “read” and do NOT utter the name we do not speak of “HOMEWORK.” So if you’re a parent like me and you’ve begun noticing that there’s no intellectual stimulation other than YouTube and gaming with an occasional excursion toContinue reading “Stimulating the Summer Brain: For parents who are watching their children drool over their devices.”

Happy Days Live On

Some may say that I’m morbid, even disrespectful. I say, it’s a matter of perspective, and love, a lot of love.  Today, my love died. Today, her eyes washed to oceans of blue and glimmers of white. Today, she surrounded me. Today, she showed me life floats on. And, today, I started watching the secondContinue reading “Happy Days Live On”

Working Smart?

Those white shoes, cushioned platforms of sorts, left our house sometimes for 24 hours. When she returned, she slept. Twelve hours sometimes then worked for 24 more.   My mother worked hard and smart. I missed her all the same. The 24-hour shifts paid more but meant that we’d see her less. She made upContinue reading “Working Smart?”

Back to School: Conversations with Kids about Safety and Speaking Up

Preparing for the start of the school year seems even more somber this year than others. Back to school mayhem has begun in some parts of the country. Florida just had its tax-free weekend and parents were no less aggressive about stocking up on supplies. But, all of us, at some point, looked at aContinue reading “Back to School: Conversations with Kids about Safety and Speaking Up”