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The transition from the long, lazy, and unscheduled summer days into the more disciplined, crispier school mornings can be difficult. Starting end-of-summer traditions is a great way to make this transition smoother, exciting, and more comfortable, especially for those...
This year I will be sending my son to kindergarten. I am not new to this rodeo. Two years ago, I stressed how my oldest would handle the transition to kindergarten all summer. We were a few months into a...
Buckle up, mamas! Believe it or not, the first day of school is almost upon us. The first day can undoubtedly be a whirlwind for us parents: packing backpacks and lunches, helping kids remember their new teachers' names, encouraging...
As my son completed his kindergarten year, I began to reflect on the school year. Overall, the school experience was positive for our son and family. However, one thing that I felt unprepared for was navigating peer influence.   Our elementary...
We are thrilled to be able to honor and celebrate the incredible women in our city that have been nominated for our Indianapolis Moms Who Teach campaign. Please read take a moment and read about each one of these amazing...
Here is where I would compose the extremely creative introductory paragraph with a good hook. But due to the potential mass teacher exodus and the fate of our public education system, I’m just going to get right to the...
Educators are always looking for ways to connect with their students. That being said, I learned very early on in my teaching career the importance of understanding sports. Now, this might sound relatively easy, but for a girl who...
On behalf of the state of Indiana (of which I actually have no authority,) I’d like to apologize to all public school teachers. Seriously, all of them. In Indiana, teachers and public eduction has yet to be a top priority. It...
If someone didn’t already know, e-learning during the pandemic taught everyone how absolutely valuable teachers are—and just how hard their jobs are. Here are five other things teachers want you to know to help give everyone a little more...
My youngest has always been my spicy child. She is carefree and dances to the rhythm of her own music. She is extremely independent but also strong willed and persistent. When she wants something, she goes after it. But...
I looked the ten-year-old student in the eyes and asked, "Should you give your personal information out on the internet?" He ignored my question. I repeated the question with a bit more passion the second time. "Well, should you?"...
My son Stephen E. Beaven III, aka Trey, is the ultimate introvert. He doesn't say much, and when he does speak, it is so profound that it could shock you if you don't know him. When it was time...
In the days leading up to the first day of kindergarten, I agonized over everything. “Will she get motion sick on the bus?” “Will she be able to find her classroom?” “Will she be able to open everything in...
Dear Parents: My years in the classroom influence my parenting. While I don't have all the answers, I've spent over a decade as a parent and a high school teacher. As we embark on the start of another school...

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Indianapolis Moms Guide to August Family Events

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Back to school and back to reality in the month of August. But just because we are back to our regular school schedule this...
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