We are one month into the school year, and the learning curve is still like a roller coaster. For every moment when I get the hang of things, there is a moment of weakness where I mutter, "I hate you"...
Dear Tiffin Elementary Teachers and Staff, I want to start by saying that making a decision regarding school this fall was not easy. I stressed and stressed. I lost sleep. We made our decision a half a dozen times only...
My daughters attend Iowa City schools. We chose online school for at least the first trimester.  Samantha is in eleventh grade at West High, and Piper is in eighth grade at Northwest Junior High. Or they would be, if they were...
When I'm searching for something new to read, whether for myself or my kids, I like to browse the stacks at the library. Specifically, I like to browse the "new" section — all those colorful, shiny covers, un-cracked spines,...
There have been no easy answers or simple solutions this year. COVID-19 has ripped through our lives in a way that none of us could have imagined or predicted. Anything that was once normal is gone, and a return...
I am a planner. I thrive when things are consistent and predictable. I tried to be spontaneous once, and no one was available to do anything with me — it was a major disappointment! Back in July, when the...
Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in the library reading a book, and enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee at my favorite...
September 15 - October 15 is Latinx Heritage Month, also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, a period to formally recognize the contributions and influence of Latinx peoples to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. But these...
September 15, 2020, marks the beginning of what I call Latino Heritage Month, but also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month. As I reflect,  I feel like this year I’ve finally come into my own in embracing what it means...
When the pandemic forced schools to shut down last spring, we had to shift gears quickly and find a way to educate our oldest child from home. Our kitchen table quickly became schoolwork headquarters. It wasn't perfect, but like...

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Indoor Play Places in the Iowa City Area

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On days when it’s too wet or cold for outdoor play, or your kids are just tired of the rain and snow, there are...