Decluttering Tips You Can Use Today

Decluttering Tips You Can Use Today

I am a person who operates best when there is no clutter in my life – physical or mental. A clear mind and a clear physical space bring me contentment. People have commented on how tidy my spaces are, including my house, my vehicle, and my office at work. If...
Substitute Teaching-Tips and Tricks

Substitute Teaching-Tips and Tricks

During the last 18 years in education, first as a teacher then as an administrator, I’ve had the privilege of working with many substitute teachers. Those experiences have provided me with some insight into what substitute teachers can do to help make going to...
Invitation Overload

Invitation Overload

When school starts you get the influx of notices, fundraisers and everything else under the sun…including birthday party invitations for children you’ve never heard of. Why? Because many classrooms have a policy that if you’re going to hand out birthday party...
Taking Time for Self-Care

Taking Time for Self-Care

You have likely heard that in order to be at your best and to care for others, you need to take care of yourself first. It’s the airplane analogy: You put your own oxygen mask on first before you begin helping others. But self-care can be easier said than done when...
Why Our Kids Play Competitive Sports

Why Our Kids Play Competitive Sports

I was recently privy to a conversation where a parent was describing her family’s schedule, which was filled with her children’s sporting events. Most evenings and weekends, at least one child, if not both, had a game or practice. Another parent wrinkled her nose and...
Homework Woes

Homework Woes

If your household is plagued by homework battles, rest assured, you’re not alone. You may feel like the only way homework gets done is through nagging. Or perhaps the levels of frustration, for both you and your child, are through the roof as you work through the...
An Open Letter to the School Bully

An Open Letter to the School Bully

Dear School Bully & Your Parent, There are so many things I want to say and ask you that I don’t really know where to begin. I guess I’ll start by asking you why you do and say the cruel things you do. Do you realize how hurtful your words and actions are to...
The Over-Scheduled Family

The Over-Scheduled Family

Recently, during a particularly crazy week of racing around to get my children off to their various activities, I had the sudden thought, “Oh no. We’re that over-scheduled family people keep talking about.” The thought came to me as I left work, stopped to watch some...
Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

CALLING ALL EDUCATORS, PRACTITIONERS, AND PARENTS! Nogginsland has a Facebook group and we would love to have YOU join our community! We are a group of educators, practitioners, and parents dedicated to sharing ideas on education, innovation, and child development. We...