Heart Stopping Independence

Waving goodbye to my daughter at John F. Kennedy Airport was one of the more gut-wrenching experiences of my life. Not just any airport, I was dropping her off at one of the most-traveled intersections on the world.
If I could have stayed to see her off, to be certain that she made it on the flight, I would have. But, as luck would have it, my own flight was to take off from LaGuardia Airport a scant hour after hers. All I could do was to watch her check her bags curbside, give her one last precious hug, and watch her walk away through the glass doors.
There was little concrete reason to worry, but it was the idle, nameless …

If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

Hey Sis,
More than halfway into the Freihofer’s Training Challenge, I have yet to discover my inner runner. Every time the iPhone sounds the morning alarm, an epic battle ensues behind closed lids over who will win – the sneakers or the pillow.
Look for me about 20 seconds into the commercial.
On Nike’s side is the public nature of this endeavor. Not only have I signed up to blog about the Freihofer’s Training Challenge, I have even gone on record in a TV commercial for the the race to declare that “If I can do it, you can do it.”
Can you …

A Blogging Farewell

Hey Sis,

My days as the teen columnist at Kids Fun Plaza have come to an end. It was a good run while it lasted. The magazine gave me my first publishing credit, even as it gave me a chance to experiment with article formats.

But it wasn’t a good fit for me. I found it difficult to keep up with the demands of writing weekly blog posts on top of my own blogs, but even more challenging was the focus on writing about parenting teens.
As you know, I realized …

Family Travel for Social Good / Familia de viajes para el bien social

Siempre ha sido mi sueño de compartir una vacación de voluntariado con mi familia.
Así que cuando me enteré de que LATISM, la organización de los latinos en los medios de comunicación social, estaba planeando proyectos de desarrollo sostenible en la República Dominicana este verano, me parecio que este programa va ser perfecto para nuestra primera vacación de voluntariado

Ana …

From SAHM to WAHM: Opening a Bank Account

I took a step forward yesterday. A small, but significant, step toward advancing my freelance writing career.
Late in the afternoon, I finally did something I have been planning to do since August. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it’s one of those important items on my bucket list that somehow always gets set aside for more urgent matters.
On my way back from yet another mommy chauffeur trip, I stopped at the credit union and opened a bank account. No big deal, you might say, but it was a big deal to me.
I haven’t had a personal bank account in at least fifteen years. Early on, possibly before we were…

Assessments and The Homeschooled Student

Do your students have to take the same standardized tests as mine? If so, how much test prep do you do each week? Teacher, Revised
Testing requirements and practice for homeschooled students differ by state and by family, much like they differ by state and teacher in the public schools.
Some homeschool families may satisfy their assessment requirements by doing absolutely nothing, while others may devote a significant part of their day to test prep and/or testing itself.

Sample Letter of Intent In New York

Homeschooling is a decision that we make each year.
In New York, it’s not really a choice.  You have to send a Letter of Intent by July 1st as stated in Part 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commisioner of Education.
This first homeschooling year has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as we discovered what worked, and what didn’t work for us.   Overall, it’s been a fun ride, and we’re doing it again.
Here is our generic Letter of Intent sample:
Parents’ Names
June 20, 2008
Re: …