getting to know me

We all know that kids have a wonderful way of being brutally honest. What makes it so wonderful is there is nothing but purity at the heart of their answers. Kids are not tempered by a politically correct filter, and most of the time, their responses are not an attempt at emotional manipulation.   Every once in a while I see these posts going around Facebook where you should ask your kids to respond to a set of questions. These… Read more »

saving on back-to-school supplies

  I just finished teaching my summer class at the university, and my daughter is still in San Francisco. So, it really blows my mind that kids in South Mississippi are already back in school today. I don’t want to think about summer being over already. Besides, we’re in the middle of a heat wave with “feel like” temps reaching 110 degrees this week! Nevertheless, I’ve picked up some great tips over the years for back-to-school savings that I decided… Read more »

pokemon go abra

Mention PokemonGo, and you are likely to get one of three responses. Response 1: What is PokemonGo? Response 2: I love it! I’m totally addicted! Response 3: I don’t get PokemonGo. It’s a kid thing. If you chose number 1, what rock are you living under? PokemonGo has even been featured on Fox News. If you chose number 2, right there with you. Number 3? Well, if you had tried the game you’d be answering with response 2. I never… Read more »

My fellow Pinterest addicts can attest to the fact that there are some great Father’s Day craft ideas out there for you to try out with your kids. If you are like us, they probably won’t turn out looking like the artful examples you find. I always end up throwing my hands in the air and coming up with some alternative way to salvage the project. The problem with all of these Father’s Day craft ideas is that they are… Read more »

I have four college degrees. I have an undergraduate degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate. Yet, I often feel like I have zero practical knowledge. All of this knowledge my brain contains about game theory, calculus, electromagnetics, and probability distributions is no help at all in my daily life outside of academia. When it comes to mom skills, I am deficient. I am reminded of this on a fairly regular basis and have to give myself a pep talk… Read more »