Well, Hello there Junior High….

We survived our first week of middle school! Well, half week that is. Brooklyn loved her first few days and she adjusted extremely well. I, on the other hand, am finally accepting all of the changes that decided to join it.

When I dropped her off to school on Wednesday, as hard as I tried to hold the tears back, I failed miserably. However, please note, I was tough as a nail in her presence, but once she got out of the car…. that was another story. In any event, I decided to share a few things regarding “my,” new adaptations to middle school.
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1. No one is there to coddle my baby. In elementary school, when you drop your kid off, there’s a troop of educators and staff, waving “Good Morning,” with happy, smiling faces. Heck, even the Principal comes out to greet you on some days! Not middle school. Here, you drop your kid off and they are expected to know where to go and to get there FAST. There is no time for hanging out until you are within your designated area.

2. Friend Patrol. Come on parents, let’s face it. The more you know about who your kids hangout with, the better. Well, as one would imagine, starting a new school equates to meeting new friends. Even more challenging is that many of the new friends are older…more experienced. For example, my daughter has already been “schooled,” by some of the 7th grade girls as to which group of girls that she “DOES NOT” want to belong to because they do nasty things with boys after school. Really? Ok…this mama had to accelerate more of the birds and bees talk prior to my “scheduled time.” I mean, since she’s already receiving the info, I need to at least ensure that it’s correct. Oh, and “those girls,” yeah, Mom is ok with you talking to them. You’re a leader, not a follower, and just because someone else makes choices against what we believe is right, does not mean that you are entitled to be rude or mean to them. Say “hello,” and keep it moving. (Note to self- Add “rumors” to the list)

3. Finally, organization. Wow. Needless to say, elementary school teachers ROCK in this area and I’m sure that the middle school teachers do as well. However, in elementary school, I believe that the teachers took more pride than I did to ensure that my kid’s notebook remained organized. In middle school, she was sent home with tons of papers and on day one her binder looked a HOT MESS! I believe that one of the teachers will be assisting them next week, but in the interim, she was lost. When it comes to organization, I have found that when given a system, she follows it nicely, but creating her own is challenging. Therefore…guess what skill we worked on this weekend? Creating systems that worked for her and yes, I allowed, ok, forced, her to take the lead. Nevertheless, her binder, planner, and book bag are ready for another week.

Now, these are just the top three things that I’ve noticed. Believe me when I say that there are more. Please forgive me if it appears as if there is a negative connotation behind all of this because I know and am aware as to how important all of these areas are for her growth. I too am growing. I’m realizing that her peers are teaching her things just as rapidly as I am. I realize that I have to pull back in areas of co dependence just a tad bit faster than I initially planned. I’m learning to continue to force her to take responsibility for all of her actions and when she fails, suggest another route. I’ve also learned that it is important for me to remain in the “Parent Role.” She has enough friends. However, I will say, that I can see where parents may unintentionally make the switch. That I never understood before last week.

In any event, I can’t wait to share more of this journey with you all! In the meantime, I’ll share a few pictures and I would LOVE to hear how eventful your first week was!
2nd day od 6th grade

I’m a School Supply “Junkie!”


Hi, my name is Felicia and I am addicted to school/office supplies. It all began when I was a kid. I was definitely an under cover nerd and I LOVED school. Most importantly, I LOVED shopping for school supplies…perhaps even more than clothes!

My parents were divorced, so my siblings and I would either go with our mom or with our dad depending on who had the available time. There were advantages with both. When we went with Mom, we always had our “supply list,” from school, so we always had just what we needed. When we went shopping with my dad, he was so clueless that WE, ok, I, took advantage of him and put EVERYTHING into the cart! I mean, I was sure to pick out all of my favorites, you know. I’m an 80’s kid, so I had my Lisa Frank trapper keeper, various dividers and stickers, only CRAYOLA crayons and colored pencils…this was important, because mom would sometimes pick up RoseArt. Oh, and mechanical pencils instead of the plain #2’s. Oh yeah! I was the youngster buying highlighters and calendars in elementary school. I mean, I had a life to plan and organize PEOPLE!


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Here I am years later, and things haven’t changed much. So, you can only imagine the amount of excitement that I have around this time of the year! It’s time for the students to go back to school and I STILL allow myself an allowance! However, this time I went a little overboard and I would like to “share,” with other someone else that loves this stuff or needs it as much I do!


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Please enter the raffle below and winners will be contacted Friday morning. Each winner (there will be 3) will receive: 4-3 prong folders, 3-highlighters, a ton of cap erasers, 1-Composition Notebook, 1-spiral notebook pencils, and a $10 gift card to Office Depot.


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Hello, World…I’ve been robbed!

Hi All,

I am so excited about my new blog, but first I would like to acknowledge that my daughter turned 11 years old yesterday! Wow; the years are flying by quickly.  A few months ago, as I was preparing to plan ahead for her ELABORATE birthday party, it occurred to me that as she was transitioning from elementary school to junior high, from school uniforms to being allowed to wear clothes that reflect her own personality, that perhaps I should give her the option of a wardrobe makeover in lieu of a party. Initially, in my mind, either route would be a win-win. It was not until later that I realized I was secretly hoping for the latter.


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I think that there should be something written in that secret “How to Properly Raise a Child,” manual that most of us seem to know nothing about, that states that the entire “party planning high,” that most moms receive when planning their child’s birthday parties, would be ripped from your hands around the age of 10 and placed on pause until the “Sweet 16.” I mean, how could she do this to me? I can recall every last birthday party to date with some of the best being:

Age 4: Disney World…need I say more.

Age 5: A Carnival. Yes, with games, pony rides, face painting, popcorn, snow cones and all!

Age 6: A Luau, with water slides and themed food.

Age 8: Rented out a spa and the girls had a full blown SPA party.

Age 9: Rented out Zeno’s Pizza and the kids all had the opportunity to make their own pizzas.

Age 10: The best SLEEPOVER ever! 9 girls, a fashion and talent show, as well as everything else that girls love to do!

See what I mean! We’ve made so many wonderful memories throughout the years and will continue to do so. As it gets closer to school time, I’ll try to plug in a few things from our shopping trip. We really had a great time. I allowed her to combine the total allowance that I would normally spend on her party with the amount that I had set aside for school clothes. It was a pleasure to see the items that she chose, but I’ll go into more detail about that in a later post. In the meantime, parents, moms in particular, enjoy all of the planning that goes into celebrating their special days, because one day…you too may be robbed!