Kicking My Students Butts One Step At A Time

Part of my diet and exercise regime includes counting my steps everyday. I really felt the need to challenge myself. So when one of my fave students got a Fitbit, we started challenging each other on a weekly basis. He's in 8th grade. He's got an obscene amount of energy. And he plays multiple sports. On the first day he got over 27,000 steps. Sometimes I walk into my room and find a giant L written on my board. Sometimes when I see this student he yells "take a L".…

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Dear Celebs. Please STFU. Now.

No one cares. No one. Not me. Not my friends. Not anyone who has to work for a living. I never try to put my religious or political beliefs on anyone. Because half the time I'm not even sure what they are. I wish people would stop trying to put theirs on me. I am a school counselor. A Wife. A mother of four. I work in the Chicago Public Schools with children who see so much gun violence that they are totally desensitized by it all. I have two…

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The Top 7 Reasons My Kids Cried. This Week.

I remember my Dad telling me a story that in the old days there were people who were professional mourners. It was just some light conversation we had while standing at my mom's casket. But apparently there were people you could hire to mourn at a wake or funeral. I could have made a career of this. So maybe that's where my kids get it. My kids are professional criers. They're really, really good at it. Except it doesn't pay well. And it actually sucks the life right out of…

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