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Honor Roll Mom :: Keep Your Expectations Reasonable My oldest child is smart. Like mind-blowingly smart. At 14, I don’t remember a single time he ever had to study for a test. He’s able to remember vast amounts of knowledge and the adults in his life regularly look to him for guidance whenever they have a question about history or geography. He’s been on the honor roll ever since he was old enough to be on it and I’ve been the proud mom, sitting in the front row cheering him on every step of the way. With a child like this, you get used to seeing the A’s and as much as you don’t want to be “that parent," any time...
Summer Is Almost Over, Are You Ready? Heading back to school means new chaos, new schedules, earlier bedtimes, new homework, new friends, new beginnings. Back to school shopping and uniform purchases, completing summer reading, and keeping your fingers crossed that your kiddos didn’t spend so much time having fun and unexpectedly mushed their academic brains. While this next chapter can be exciting, it is certainly a time of transitions, and you’re probably hyper focused on prepping your little ones with encouragement, expectations, and enthusiasm. But inside of your head, if you’re anything like me, you’re also in need of your own affirmations, strength, and serenity. It's easy to fall into this next school year and, like other years before, unintentionally lose...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by The Link School.  The Link School is Planting Our Roots in the Community The Link School is excited at all the progress happening on our campus in preparation to welcome students and families for the 2023 – 2024 school year. As Baton Rouge’s newest and first-of-its-kind private school in both our educational model and tuition structure. >>>We are still taking applications for students in Kindergarten-4th grade<<< The Link School is a scalable tuition school, meaning every family contributes what they can for their child’s education. Our enrolled families have already begun connecting with our school principal and community. Imagine drop-off to a school campus with a large garden, a chicken coop, a playground, and outdoor learning areas. Find out more about how we offer an immersive learning experience while accounting...
Grieving Affirmative Action President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order on March 6, 1961, creating what we know as “affirmative action.” Affirmative action’s sole purpose was to remove the practice of discrimination in the hiring and admissions process. Let’s pause for a moment. Much like inclusion, affirmative action did not and does not mean exclusion (we will come back to this). Many may say that “Affirmative Action” helped create what we now know as the Black Middle Class (note that affirmative action did not suddenly catapult minorities into the top 1%). We never needed to question whether it was “time” to abolish Affirmative Action; rather the question should have been “have we honestly made progress to function without it?” If...
That's Enough Screen Time, Little One I am a middle child, through and through. Mischievous, attention-seeking, too smart for my own good, and always in trouble. I was a poster child for talking back, rolling eyes, and plotting everyone’s evil demise. In second grade, my family went to Disney World for a week, and I never saw the fireworks display because I was grounded every evening. That’s pretty much how most of my childhood went, punished and forced to entertain myself. But during all the time spent alone while punished, I developed an insatiable love for reading. I began to read like it was as essential as food and air. When I was seven, I remember sitting down with The Three Musketeers,...

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