Jennifer Gordon George

Jennifer is a single mom of two boys. She does her best to get to places on time, despite being a chronically late person and the fact that neither she or her boys are morning people. She recently went back into the classroom after staying home for nine years to raise her kids, and she credits her sanity and success at this endeavor to the fact that she has incredibly supportive parents, family, and friends. She also has a network of single moms that truly “get it” and who encourage her on a daily basis. When she’s not hanging out with her kiddos, Jennifer enjoys writing at a coffee shop, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

Teachers, We Appreciate You

Teachers are amazing. I am lucky to have had wonderful teachers throughout my life, blessed to have had phenomenal teachers working with my children, and fortunate to teach alongside educators who pour their heart and...
raising teenagers: entering the teen years and learning how to parent a teenager

Help! I’m About to Have a Teenager

I have been dreading this for a while now. I’m honestly a little scared about it, and I don’t think I am ready. After all, I’m waaaaay too young, and teenagers are scary. Yep, that’s right,...

Mom Fails: Why They May Not be as Bad as You Think

You realize your child’s lunch is sitting on the counter at home. You are dropping your child off at school. You totally forgot about the birthday party that was yesterday. It’s the night before the school...

Reading with Kids: Start a Family Book Club

Come in close: I have a secret. A big one. Reading with your kids is the most important thing you can do for their success in school. Of all the parent-child activities, reading aloud provides the...
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Buh-Bye 2017!

I went into the new year with goals, ideas, and excitement. But 2017 was hard, folks. It just was. Dealing with devastating loss, rejection, insecurities, and drama just about did me in. Many, many  great...
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That Blasted Elf on the Shelf

I love my mom, but in 2009 she bought my children the worst gift ever: Elf on the Shelf. Her intentions were good. I believe she truly thought it was an excellent gift for her...
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The Pros and Cons of Older Kids

I think I’m having issues with my kids getting older. It may be because my oldest started jr. high this year. Or because I have a new niece that I have been getting to snuggle...
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Online Privacy for Your Preteen

Let me start off by saying that my title is misleading. I don't think preteens (or young teenagers, for that matter) should have any privacy online. None at all. Hear me out. I am a teacher, so I...
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It Happened to Me: A House Fire

Have you ever had a recurring nightmare? I sure have...plenty of them. One of my most frequently occurring dreams happened when my boys were babies. I kept them with me in a cradle in...
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What to Do With the Ring

Well, the marriage is over, now what do you do with the ring? Different people have different ways of handling the loss of their marriage, so it only makes sense that different people do different...