School is here! How are you feeling? Does the thought of getting everyone out the door by a certain time already make you panic? I know this all sounds overwhelming but it can be done. Try these tips to...
We’ve all seen the memes about homework and teenagers. While they’re great for a giggle, or to forward to your partner or friend, they aren’t really all that helpful for lowering the pressure around said homework. I’ve taught middle,...
As we prepare for what we’re all hoping is a more normal school year, with kids back in the classroom, our thoughts return once again to that old question: school lunch or home lunch? Before we get into this, I...
My oldest is ready to start high school in the fall and my youngest is going to be in third grade. With three kids, I know that each of them will have their own big dreams and I want...
Starting kindergarten can be daunting for both students and parents. When my oldest started Kindergarten, I remember a lot of information coming in quickly — and trying to keep track of everything was challenging. Luckily, his preschool teachers were...
It's midnight on a Thursday, and I'm following along with a German yoga video from YouTube in my living room. As I down-dog, far from feeling awash in relaxation and peace, my mind is racing, composing a mental list...
Welcome to the Iowa City Moms Preschool Guide 2021! Searching for the right place for your child to learn and grow can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. There are an abundance of preschools, child care centers,...
This is the day in the life of an online middle school teacher. Monday, November 30, 2020 5 a.m. Up for the day. I've made the rule that my kids are not allowed to come downstairs to the kitchen until 6:30...
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"...
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...

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Long before Iowa City Moms began, long before I was a wife and a mom, even long before I was a student at the...