#StudentsAreNotTestScores

The other day I had a lengthy conversation with one of my boy’s teachers in regards to his progress. It’s something that I stay on top of because it’s important for me to know how he’s progressing and if he’s meeting his IEP goals. Funnily enough, standardized test scores are not included in my son’s (or any other student’s) IEP and yet, that’s precisely what the focus is on during this time of year. To be honest, that stupid test was NEVER a thought in my mind but the fact that I am aiming to … [Read more...]

Honey Maid “Go Bites” And MotoCross

** Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Honey Maid. As always, all opinions are my own.** My Boys are extremely active, a fact that has been true since they were in utero, actually. I remember those flutters and somersaults and knew I had my hands full before they were even born. Now, at the age of 11 and 5, they keep me on my toes. During the week, it’s all about school and once the weather is nice in New York City, we are out and about as much as possible. … [Read more...]

Friendships in Motherhood

My dad was pretty much a loner. I mean, he had his friends but didn’t label them ALL as “friends” but mostly as acquaintances. He always said, well you’ve heard it before...his take on having a friend being like having a dollar in your pocket and what happens when they wrong you. I always have his words in the back of my mind but I also allow people in, especially those who I feel worthy of my friendship and me of theirs. I have many friends from different chapters of my life and they all remind … [Read more...]

Gender Toys: Is That A Problem?

As a teacher, I see many children who like to play with a variety of toys and then I see children who stick with toys only associated with their gender. So, boys play with cars and ninja’s and girls play with dolls at the dollhouse. What toys my boys chose to play with never bothered me because I am not stuck on stereotypical gender roles and I don’t feel that just because they are boys they should like only toys for boys. I actually support them liking other toys that others might think are … [Read more...]

College Isn’t For Everyone

Although I graduated from college at a very young age, and with my Master’s nonetheless, I never really set out to attend college at all. I feel like a hypocrite sometimes being an educator and NOT forcing college on my students but I can’t be fake..it’s just NOT me!!! College simply isn’t for everyone and I knew that when I began in this field. I started college straight out of high school but I didn’t go out on a whim and go away to school like my friends. I started off slow and began … [Read more...]

Different Sides Of The Track

My husband and I are so different but yet so similar! I just can’t understand it sometimes and I don’t even try to make sense of it. We are from different sides of the track in most ways from our families to our upbringing, yet we truly understand one another and see eye to eye (most times). I learn something new about him everyday and I love it..I love to learn! Just the other day, we were having a conversation at the dinner table and he shared something I knew nothing about. Honestly, I … [Read more...]

Tips For Breakfast On Busy Mornings

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored post campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Honey Bunches of Oats. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I don’t know about you but I am non-existent without breakfast and I need to be ALIVE for my 24 first graders every morning. I cannot leave home without my small cup of decaf of my favorite brand (and no, I am not sharing here) and my fruit and veggie smoothie. Lately though, I’ve needed a little more in my diet, especially on those long … [Read more...]

Simple Tips To Make Your Marriage Last

When I committed to my husband in 2002, I took my vows seriously. I knew it was him I wanted to spend the rest of my life with even at the tender age of 24 when many thought I was insane for getting married. I wasn’t even a bit nervous or scared because I knew I could abide by and follow all of my marriage vows. I believed in each and every one of them and knew that NOTHING could stop me from taking them. I know that even more now and with every day that goes by. Marriage to me is sacred and … [Read more...]

We Are “On The Go” With Honey Maid GoBites!

**Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Being Latino and Honey Maid. As always, all opinions are my own.** As a mom who is always “on the go” I crave EASY but healthy things for my most prized possessions: my kids! The boys eat while we are on the go often and we love to take things from home rather than stopping for junk food on our roads trips. This is how I know Honey Maid Go Bites were made with my familia in mind.  With spring right around the corner, I know we are … [Read more...]

Raising Children With Values

I try the best that I can as a mother. As a working mom, I find myself pressed for time and feel pressure that everything has to be done so rapidly. I always feel like our conversations are never fully developed and often left unfinished so, when I get it, I really take advantage of my quality time with my family. All time is valuable for me with them but I especially love those lengthy, out of the blue conversations.. hoping that they will carry on and lessons learned through them will be … [Read more...]