February 24, 2018

Young Love

young love

By Ann Van De Water I’ve been thinking about Romeo and Juliet lately as I’m teaching it to 8th graders.  In Romeo and Juliet, the title characters so eloquently and maturely express their feelings when even most adults are usually nervous and say stupid things on their first dates. I saw a survey recently that asked women what topics their… Read more

Over the counter “Swimmer’s Ear” drops are not the same as the prescription

swimmer's ear drops

By Ann Van De Water Over the counter “Swimmer’s Ear” drops contain alcohol. The prescription is an antibiotic and does not contain alcohol. I learned this the hard way. My daughter had been complaining of ear pain so I told my husband I thought she had swimmer’s ear and that I’d make a doctor’s appointment for… Read more

“Wonder” Is a Must-Read for Kids 9 and Up

wonder by RJ Palacio

By Ann Van De Water Every once in a while, I read a book that I feel compelled to recommend to all my friends. Wonder by RJ Palacio is one of these books.  I can’t imagine anyone NOT loving this book.  It has been on many Best Books of 2012 lists, including NPR’s Best Books of 2012… Read more

Gift Giving


By Ann Van De Water It’s that time of year again.  The time of year when in the process of trying to create a wonderful holiday season for my family, I often blow it.  I overextend myself, spending too much time and energy on activities and things for my family.  Some activities are wonderful and… Read more

Letting It All Hang Out

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By Ann Van De Water My girls and I are at odds in the embarrassment department lately.  They have reached the point where they are getting more easily embarrassed by the day and I am getting less so.  They even find moi embarrassing.  What do I do that is embarrassing?  I play the radio too… Read more

Dear Diary


By Ann Van De Water My twin girls started 5th grade this year.  For me, 5th grade was the year I met my best friend, started wearing a bra, got my period, and started believing my mother was really not very smart.  So it was with a bit of trepidation and foreboding that I took… Read more

Sayonara to Summer

waterslide mom

By Ann Van De Water   It’s that time of year again.  Yep, back to school time.   What? The 100 plus degree temperatures and early August date fooled you?  Don’t get me started on the bizarre calendar of Rescue School District where my kids attend school. Seriously, come on and rescue me.    It… Read more

Olympic Spirit


By Ann Van De Water Like most people, I have been watching a lot of the Olympics this week.  The physical skills and athletic feats are inspiring.  The individual stories of the athletes, the family support, and the team spirit are heartwarming.  The patriotic exhibitions, national anthems, and flag waving are a wonderful mosaic of… Read more

Parents used to be first- Now it’s all about the kids

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By Ann Van De Water   I was telling my husband and ten year old twins the other night that when I grew up we didn’t have central air-conditioning.  Nobody I knew did. I grew up in Rochester, NY and a summer day that hit 85 was a news-breaking heat wave.  My Dad installed an air-conditioner in… Read more

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

By Ann Van De Water No, I’m not talking about breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, but a piano teacher.  Last week I broke up with my kids’ piano teacher of four years.  I was nervous.  Would she understand?  Would she try to make us stay?  Would she be hurt?  Offended?    I have been… Read more