JessieLeigh Smith

Getting Children Back on Track for the School Year

Getting Children Back on Track for the School Year

Take a few simple steps toward reorienting yourselves for school days. Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh explains how: Been enjoying some long, lazy days? Has the lingering daylight meant bedtimes got pushed steadily later and later until they’re no longer anywhere close to where they were during the school year? Has eating taken on a…

Helping the Disorganized Student

Helping the Disorganized Student

The new school year is just around the corner. If you’ve got a child who struggles with disorganization, these tips from JessieLeigh can help you cut off frustration at the pass. My firstborn is a natural rule follower. He plays well with others and can keep track of all his activities and stuff. Sure, he’ll…

Prevent the Summer Slide in Reading

Prevent the Summer Slide in Reading

Summer vacation will be here before you know it. Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh, offers suggestions on how to keep your kids’ reading skills strong over the break. Summer days… and the living’s easy! And that’s wonderful, really and truly. Unfortunately, all that “easy living” can have some undesirable results, too– like a slip-back in…

Getting a Handle on Homework

Getting a Handle on Homework

Get a handle on homework with these savvy tips from Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh. Is it just me, or are they handing out homework at younger and younger ages these days? I may just be old, but I don’t remember getting nightly assignments until I was in middle school. These days, it’s common for…

So you don’t like your school….

So you don’t like your school….

School choice can keep many a parent awake at night. Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh offers some great suggestions for troubleshooting what might be amiss at your children’s school. photo source Sometimes I worry that people may grow weary of hearing me gush about our public school. We really are very lucky and we never…

Being Prepared for Emergencies When Your Children Are in School

Being Prepared for Emergencies When Your Children Are in School

September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh offers some great suggestions for preparing for emergencies while your kids are in school. photo source Bomb threats. Inclement weather. Fire. Sudden illness. Unfortunately, some emergencies happen when your child is at school, away from you. Rather than get yourself in a panic about it,…

How to Spend Those Back to School Dollars

How to Spend Those Back to School Dollars

Independence Day is long gone. By at least a week. Which means the sales for back to school on are the horizon. Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh has some great tips on how to spend those back to school dollars. Oh, I hate to say the words but, well, it’s not going to be long…