Month: January 2016

My Kids Are Now on Instagram: Here’s The One Thing I Want Them to Know

My kids’ first foray into social media has been via Instagram. Instagram is an easy way for me to keep an eye on Tessa and Reed, now teens, and watch their tendencies, stepping in only as necessary  — which it hasn’t been, *knock-wood*. (I’m like Jane Goodall. She observed chimps in the wild habitat of Gombe; I observe imps in somewhat less civilized habitat of middle school.) I watched these past few months as Tessa and Reed stepped into their virtual personae. Their virtual personae ended up consisting of…. …a crap ton of selfies. That’s all they knew to do. Selfies, I explained, show the world how you want to be seen. What *I* find interesting when I check out someone on Instagram — I said in my a teachy tone I surely got from my dad ...

A Scary Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

We all have a yearning and desire to take care of the ones we love, especially the young, vulnerable and defenseless. Yet, there are many times when fate steps in and destiny is out of our control. For me, this was one of those times. My 6-year-old brother Simon was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Born with Downs Syndrome, Simon has suffered from many health issues including weak lungs that make him susceptible to pneumonia and bronchitis, a recurring condition he continues to fight. But all the previous trips to the hospital never prepared our family to deal with a cancer diagnosis. In all honesty

Contest: Ski, Swim and Stay Giveaway at Glenwood and Sunlight Mountain Resort!

Sunlight Mountain Resort and Glenwood Hot Springs and Lodge are giving you a chance to taste-test its űber popular Ski, Swim, and Stay package! Imagine a great day on Sunlight’s 67 trails followed up by a nice rejuevenating soak in the World’s largest natural hot springs capped with a great night’s rest in the legendary Hot Springs Lodge. Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Ski, Swim, and Stay package truly is the Colorado ski vacation families can afford. Normal rates start at just $99 and kids 12 and under ski FREE! Conveniently located just 12 miles outside of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Sunlight gives you a full day of skiing for about half the cost of the Mega resorts. You’ll park for free, walk to the lifts, and never stand in line.With 680 skiable acres and 2,000 vertical feet, families lo...

Denver Deal: Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is January 2016

I grew up in Steamboat. And yes, we had skiing as our gym class in elementary school. After I had my kiddos I had not gone skiing in a long time mostly due to cost and I wasn’t sure if my kids would love it. Then when my son got his free pass in 5th Grade (back then there was not the Vail Epic School Kids offering it to Kindergartners) – he challenged me to learn snowboarding. The first time was not pretty (I could not figure out how to stop the stupid thing and was toted to the bottom of the ski area strapped to a sled provided by the lovely mountain staff). After that, I did get a lesson (on a cheap deal in January since it is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month) and the rest is sort of family history. I love snowboarding. I can’t wait to go every year! It is great fun wit...

Switching Careers, Stay-at home Mom is an Honorable Business Title

What does it mean to be a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) or work-at-home-mom (WAHM) and why would anyone choose this lifestyle or how does it choose them? Why would anyone choose to forgo or postpone the career they studied for in college and trained so hard to establish? Lean in, I’ll tell you. Two discussions on Facebook this week led by friends played into this post I had begun and inspired one I will share soon about what “mommy bloggers” do all day. AS IF THESE POSTS WERE SCRIPTED. I love it when that happens. If you are blessed with the ability to choose what I mention in the lead paragraph, certainly you have heard “It must be nice to be able to stay home and raise your children!” Yes, it can be nice. Guess what? Today, many men are making such choices too. I ...

My reality as a working mom

“Women’s libbers say we can have it all. I do not believe that we can have it all at the same time. Life is give and take. For me, I cannot immerse myself in my career without falling short in other areas. This is not a pessimistic approach or a judgment against those who chose their careers over staying at home. This is my reality and I would not change it for the world.”  Amber Johnson, Mile High Mamas  She’s not wrong, but my reality is a bit different and I wouldn’t change it for the world, either. Being a parent is a tough balancing act that takes a lot of work, and this women’s libber believes you can have it all, if that’s what you want. I am an “older” mommy.  I had a professional career when I chose to get married, and even later still, when I chose to have children...

Where this mom draws the line in the sand

When I gave birth to my three children, I went from a being free-wheeling, fun-loving, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-capris kind of gal, who could hop in a car and go at a moment’s notice to a diaper bag-hauling, over-protective, sleep deprived, germaphobe with a Super Woman complex. Sound dramatic? Sound familiar? I remember getting a phone call from a friend for a lunch date and being able to say, “I’ll be there in ten.” Slap on some lip gloss, grab the keys and I was out. With three small kids that just didn’t happen anymore. You gotta get them ready, brush their hair, match their socks, pack the diaper bag, don’t forget the treats! At one point I had three kids in car seats. The phrase “herding cats” comes to mind when I think about the days of...

Middle schoolers learn math at their own pace with this new program

Many American students struggle in math. And the statistics show it: High schoolers who take international math tests ranked 36th in the world. Teach to One, a math program offered by New York-based non-profit called New Classrooms Innovation Partners, aims to change that dynamic.  In this new math program, each student follows a customized program that lets them learn at their own pace and master each concept before moving onto the next one. Right now, Teach to One is in only 28 schools across the country. It’s not cheap. In fact, it’s one of the more expensive math programs out there, at $100 per student, plus support costs. Denver’s two pilot programs are covered by grants and the district. Click to read Colorado Public Radio&...

  • 1
  • 3
  • 4