I projected my own sense of failure into an imaginary room, chastising myself, comparing myself to others, like, for instance, the President of the United States, who, when he was my age, was successfully running for the Presidency of the United States. All right, so maybe I have high standards.
When I started chemotherapy, I tried to picture what it would be like to go back to school at the end of everything. I'm lucky to say that my daydreams from the last nine weeks have become a reality. So to my friends, I say thank you. Thank you for treating me like one of the gang again.
I am not someone who is excited by clothes and accessories, as my daughter is, but for the sake of family harmony I pretended to be happy while she blissfully shopped. However, I realized that the only thing worse than shopping with someone who loves to shop is shopping with someone who shares my antipathy, like my son.
I guess the countless years of adults saying, "Don't wish to be older, be your age" finally clicks once you hit your twenties and bills start showing up in your name.
Last year, my daughter was apprehensive about starting kindergarten, and by apprehensive I mean she spent hours and hours sobbing. My efforts to console and calm her were met with no success, so I decided I'd have to bribe her by buying a nice little back-to-school gift.
What explains these teenagers' inability to think about sexuality at the same level of cognitive sophistication they so capably bring to practically every other subject matter?
The kids are back in school, which means you may need to start gathering ideas for the numerous bake sales for the tennis or soccer team (and beyond!)...
Nobody wants to be set up for poor performance before the first bell even rings. However, poor sleep habits of elementary, middle and high school students may make them sluggish during the day, hinder their success at school and contribute to long-term health problems.
When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, it can be frustrating at best and destructive at worst, creating dissonance and distance between partners and confusion among the kids. But different parenting styles needn't spell disaster. Divergent styles can help prepare kids for a world of negotiating various types of people.
Back to school shopping is over, and the kids have all their electronics, books, pens, supplies and everyday needs in hand. But is your shopping done? Here are a few spectacular shops to outfit your little ones through the rest of the year!
It's fall, and although we're all long out of school, here at HooplaHa our minds invariably turn to those back-to-school days with the onset of the season. Does yours too?
You thought you were finished with back-to-school shopping, but now that classroom doors have opened, perhaps you've discovered you've missed a few things. Here's where to get them!
It's possible our tone may be misinterpreted as overly stern by some readers and for that we apologize. We're simply making a statement of purpose. This letter is not meant as a threat. It's a teachable moment.
If you spend as much time on Facebook as I do, you've noticed a recent influx of proud moms posting kid pictures and updates about the new school year. While so much is brand new with the kiddos, I can't help but notice some patterns emerging...
Sleep is essential for students to achieve their academic potential. Not only does a good night sleep prepare us for an active day of learning, it is during sleep that memories are reinforced and learning is consolidated.
While some might roll their eyes, it shouldn't surprise us that designer dorm rooms have popped up on campus or that parents are snapping up non-essentials for their students. Is it a good idea? That's a whole other story, but here are a few reasons why parents might break the bank....