Guest Post: Kindergarten During the Pandemic by Kimi Ann-Marie

The Lily Cafe is thrilled to present a very timely post from Kimi Ann-Marie, who writes over at Confessions of a Parentless Mother. She's an incredibly strong woman who lost both of her parents before her daughter was born and is now working hard to ensure her Kindergartener is doing as well as she possibly … Continue reading Guest Post: Kindergarten During the Pandemic by Kimi Ann-Marie

5 Reasons Why Our First Year of Regular School Has Sucked

My husband and I have tossed around homeschooling for years, since well before we even conceived our first child. Ultimately, we decided to go with a regular school, primarily for the socialization. And to see how he would fare in a regular school. As a stay at home mom, it's well within my abilities to … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Our First Year of Regular School Has Sucked

Sending My Child Back to School Makes Me Sad

This post is publishing today, which must mean my sweet little boy has gone back to Kindergarten after 3 weeks off for the winter holidays. I know many parents count down to this day, and there's even a Christmas song that mentions parents looking forward to their kids going back to school. But I'm not … Continue reading Sending My Child Back to School Makes Me Sad

And a New Phase of Worry as a Parent Has Begun

Parents understand worry very well. Not only is the world a scary place, but babies and young children are just so fragile. I remember worrying about my kids when they were both newborns. SIDS terrified me and, since both were born early, both were slightly more likely to succumb to it. When my oldest learned … Continue reading And a New Phase of Worry as a Parent Has Begun

Mom Message: To the Schools

I never intended to write anything like this here now that I've changed my blog up to supporting stories, but sometimes I need this to be my platform. My oldest child started Kindergarten at the end of last month. It's been a big month of changes, from having to get up earlier to having to … Continue reading Mom Message: To the Schools

What Kindergarten Means to Me

All across the country, parents are preparing to send their kids back to school. And some, like me, are sending a child off to Kindergarten. For some, it's a time to celebrate freedom. For others, it's time to turn on the waterworks as they watch their babies grow up right in front of them. This … Continue reading What Kindergarten Means to Me

I am Proud of My Toddler, But Not Because He Knows His ABCs and 123s

My oldest recently turned 4 and I am freaking out that he's going into Kindergarten next fall. I'm not worried that he might not be academically prepared, which itself feels like a stupid thing to feel considering Kindergarten is supposed to be the starting place for receiving an education. I often find myself wondering why … Continue reading I am Proud of My Toddler, But Not Because He Knows His ABCs and 123s