I am a teacher. I am a parent. I know the relationship between parents and teachers is one of the most important for your child’s success in school. Especially if school is not one of your child’s favorite things.  All kids are different....
Looking for early education and preschool options for your child? Des Moines Moms Blog's Preschool and Early Childhood Education guide will help you find the right school for your family.
A year ago I would never have imagined I’d be unschooling my three children. I was content with the public school system and the accredited preschool my children attended. I was looking forward to 2021, when all of my...
I used to teach 5th grade, and I heard over and over again, "How can you teach 10 year olds every day? I could never do that!" It always struck me as funny because I truly love this age. Now...
The word dyslexia is highly misunderstood. People are afraid, or ashamed, to say it but my son, my love, is dyslexic.  This is supposed to be an inspiring article. But the truth is, our journey is not done.  When I look...
Being a parent is exceedingly difficult right now. In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are concerned about keeping their families and communities healthy. On top of that, parents are either working from home with little ones...
Hey parents! Any others in camp virtual learning?! When our district offered this choice, despite my husband and I knowing it was the absolute right decision for our family, the time prior, during, and after making the decision felt...
You probably know it is reading to your child is important. Did you know starting earlier is better? From the day they are born, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop language skills and pre-literacy skills every day that help them become...
Like many parents this fall, I find myself unexpectedly homeschooling three children. Gulp.  I have concerns.  One of these many concerns is my kids’ lack of exposure to other adults. I understand different kids connect to different adults differently. “Teacher Mom” might...
Have you seen that meme circulating on social media where Ariel is signing her name to a big scary contract with Ursula? That pretty much sums up how I feel about our back to school decision this year. I’m...

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Des Moines Mom recognizes that moms wear a lot of hats. You are a mom, wife, friend, diaper changer, nose wiper, meal planner, lost...

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