Musings of a working mom: Monday Madness

So far this Monday is starting off well: I’m caffeinated; we got through the entire morning with out sibling spats and out the door on time; I actually did my workout before the kids went to school; and the Red Sox home opener is tomorrow. So, I'll have something fun to watch while I write! So, today so far is a good day. The good day vs bad day scale has a mind of its own but I can predict which … [Read more...]

Sesame Street Beginnings: to watch or not to watch

Who can resist the cute appeal of baby Elmo and Cookie Monster? I have to admit, I still enjoy watching these characters with my nephews. And, in a weak moment, I'll even catch my "tween"age daughters pausing on "Sesame Street" as they flip the channels for the few times a day they do watch TV.The last 2 weeks, the media waves have been inundated with articles and posts on blogs about the new … [Read more...]

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung...and so too will our grass...unless of course winter comes back to visit again as it did yesterday! Spring would be perfect if it were not for the fact that lawns eventually need mowing and weeds need wacking. Neither are high on the "to do" list of the O'Keeffe family. Althought, even yard work in the spring has a pleasant quality that none of us can deny!Parents and Kids … [Read more...]

MCAS Musings

While I'm knee deep in MCAS, and helping a very unsure third grader get through her first experience with this annual rite of passage, I'm struck with a few MCAS musings. We can argue the merits of the test and whether the amount of testing serves the purpose intended another time; for now, here are my reflections on my 3rd and 5th graders' MCAS moments so far:1. Let's not tell them they … [Read more...]