Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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March 29, 2016
Friday is April Fools' Day! If you love this holiday as much as we do, then you're probably starting to plan some silly pranks to play on your kids. We've rounded up some of our favorite silly pranks from around the Web, so of course we need to share them with you! Whether you play one of these 6 tricks on your kids, or come up with a different prank, make sure to tell us all about it. (Photo evidence is also always welcome!)
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March 28, 2016
World Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2016) and Autism Awareness Month (April) are right around the bend. About 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), so your kids probably know someone with autism. But how much do your children know about what it means to have an ASD? Check out these ideas to help your kids -- and your community -- learn more about autism and show compassion for those living "on the spectrum."  6 Autism Awareness Activities for Kids 8 Great Children's Books About Autism Autism Awareness Ideas on Pinterest
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March 22, 2016
Looking for something fun to do this Easter, after your egg hunt is over? We've rounded up the best Easter Sunday activities to enjoy with kids! From egg-and-spoon races to planting spring blooms and making brunch together, there's something for everyone! We've included a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, since you never know how the weather will be in early spring. If it's a nice day, throw on some bunny ears (homemade ones are the cutest) and head outside for a hoppin' potato sack race! Check out more fun Easter ideas.  Happy Easter! 
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March 10, 2016
Decorating Easter eggs with your kids is about to get way more exciting! We searched Pinterest and the Web for the awesomest, kid-friendliest Easter egg decorating ideas and organized them by age, from toddlers on up to teens! Bonus: Each idea requires only five supplies or fewer -- nothing too fancy! Get ready to impress the Easter Bunny.  :) 
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March 4, 2016
Are you having a St. Patrick's Day baby? If you're looking for an Irish name to give your little bundle, you're in luck! Irish and Gaelic baby names are climbing the ranks in popularity, and there are a lot of meaningful names to choose from. Check out these 10 popular Gaelic baby names for boys and girls, and remember to let us know which one you decide on!
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February 10, 2016
Hosting a baby shower is hard work! What food should you serve? What games should you play (if any!)? We can help you cover your bases!  Check out these 12 tasty recipes for a baby shower brunch or lunch. All of the dishes work well with any theme, but especially a tea party. You really can't go wrong with a mix of finger sandwiches, sweet pastries, and savory quiches and party dips. Don't forget to ask the mom-to-be if she's loving or loathing any particular foods these days (there's a good chance she might be craving something in particular!). Keep the dietary...
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December 21, 2015
'Tis the season to be merry, especially if you have a Christmas baby on the way! Have you thought about giving your baby a holiday-inspired name to celebrate this happy time of year? We've rounded up 10 of our favorite holiday-themed baby names that mean "joyful" and "bright." Which one is your favorite? Are you looking for more baby name ideas? Find the top 100 girls names, top 100 boys names, name meanings, and more on our baby names page.
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December 10, 2015
Raise your hand if you (and your kids!) love washi tape! We certainly do — with all the different patterns and colors, it's probably safe to say we use it in almost every single craft we do. So, when the holiday season rolled around, we started thinking about Christmas-themed crafts that we can use this magical tape on. We've found a ton of awesome ideas from around the Web, and of course wanted to share them with you! Check out our favorite Christmas crafts using washi tape. And don't forget to tell us your favorite way to use it. Happy crafting!
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November 9, 2015
Is your child’s artwork beginning to take over the fridge or pile up in a corner somewhere? That’s no way to treat your favorite masterpieces! We’ve partnered with Shutterfly to highlight beautiful ways to save and display your child's artwork. Take a look! Consider not only how to preserve your child's most beloved creations, but why. Whether you realize it or not, kids' arts and crafts are more than meets the eye. Every finger painting, playdough sculpture, and "all about me" collage offers a glimpse into your child’s vibrant imagination and...
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October 26, 2015
Did I just hear a collective sigh of relief from parents, teachers, and students? Education leaders are finally acknowledging the enormous stress on today's students (and teachers) related to standardized testing. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that the U.S. needs to "reduce over-testing" and put a cap on classroom time devoted to testing.  School-related anxiety is a very real, and increasingly common, issue among kids. Every child experiences academic anxiety at some point. But when your child's worries become constant, and begin to...