Extracurricular Activities to Supplement Academics

The following is written by Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh: We all know one of “those families”– the ones who have their children’s lives so full and micro-managed that there’s not a single spare moment to breathe or relax. I definitely do not advocate over-scheduling little ones. I’m a firm believer in family-time, down-time, and […]

A Perfect Birth Story

The following is written by LifeasMOM contributor, JessieLeigh: photo source I want to tell you my perfect birth story. It is my hope that you’ll find it compelling and amazing and inspiring. I hope it will encourage you. I hope it will open your eyes to incredible possibilities. There are a few things you should […]

5 Ways to Welcome Your Child Home From School

The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: Ah, back to school. It’s a bittersweet time. With the excitement of new notebooks and pencils comes the worry about difficult subjects. With the joy of meeting new friends comes the fear of not fitting in. With the fresh new start of a school year comes the […]

Misconceptions About Public School

The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: photo credit: Alex Grant There are so many factors to consider as we decide what path we’ll choose in educating our children.  And, happily, there are many great choices out there!  What works for one family may not work for another.   Priorities will vary from parent to […]

Keeping Academic Skills Sharp Through Summer Break

The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: Summer break means fun in the sun… a break from routine… the chance to decompress. Sadly, it can also bring a regression in some learned skills if we’re not careful. Every year, I watch some families park their newly free kiddos in front of the TV […]

The End of the School Year and That Mountain of School Papers

The following post is from LifeasMOM contributor, JessieLeigh: photo source Thanks to record snowfalls this past winter, we won’t be getting out of school until the end of June this year.  I know some of you have been out for a month already!  Either way, there’s always lots of paperwork to sort through and deal […]

Tips for Attending Birthday Parties

A post from LifeasMOM Contributor, JessieLeigh As your child attends school, particularly during the younger grades, odds are good that he or she will be invited to a few birthday parties. Here are some of my best tips for making these events as painless as possible for you AND the host: RSVP in the manner […]

Questions of Kindergarten: Full Day versus Half Day

A post from LifeasMOM Contributor, JessieLeigh About this time of year, notices start going home to the parents of 4 1/2 to 5 year olds; it’s time to start registering for kindergarten. In my town this year, it’s a very hot topic. At story hour, birthday parties, and outside the pre-K classroom, mommies can be […]