Don’t let kids’ activities break the bank
January 5, 2013 Dear Mary: My biggest budget-busters are enrichment activities for my four children. I want to spark their joy for living, providing opportunities to sample different sports and hobbies. more »»
Understanding behavioral intervention
January 2, 2013 Have you heard your children talking about receiving tickets or other types of rewards when people at school have caught them following the school rules? That is because of Marshalltown Community... more »»
2013 New Year’s resolutions
December 30, 2012 There are so many things I neglected to do in 2012, however I’m confident with the right resolutions this time around 2013 will finally be the Year of Kelly. more »»
What are PLCs and why are they important?
December 26, 2012 The term Professional Learning Community (PLC) has become commonplace in the field of education. Educators use this term to describe multiple combinations of individuals with an interest in education. more »»
Time management with toys
December 25, 2012 When I was a kid, I didn’t care much for time management. You live by the seat of your pants and wherever you wanted to ride your bike that day. more »»
Interview with a holiday helper
December 23, 2012 Every Christmas I’m permitted to spend a few dollars of the newspaper’s nearly inexhaustible budget to fly around the world to interview some of the holiday’s most recognizable figures. more »»
Walking his way to the holidays
December 18, 2012 The first steps of a child can be magical. They also can be scary as we know how much trouble he’s gotten into already when he’s just been crawl-bound. more »»
The ever-expanding influence of cats
December 16, 2012 You sure do see a lot of cats lately, don’t you? Whether it’s on the internet, commercials or just your friends that won’t let you get out of their house without showing you a picture of their cat,... more »»
OMG ... it’s time for CHRISTMAS!
December 16, 2012 To say my wife loves Christmas is like saying there are a couple of teenage girls out there that think Twilight is a pretty good movie. “Ha, so she likes Christmas. more »»
How to help Mom from overspending
December 15, 2012 Dear Mary: My mother is a widow who lives on a tight budget. The last few Christmases, she's been blowing a lot of money on gifts for my husband, me and the kids. more »»
Reaching out to immigrants: Lessons learned
December 12, 2012 Immigrants have always contributed to the diversity of Marshalltown and Marshalltown Schools, each new culture bringing its own inherited beliefs, values, and knowledge evident in dress, language,... more »»
A 5K run on Jan. 26?
December 11, 2012 BRRRRRing it, cold weather I typically lace up the shoes and run in one 5K race a year in August, and that is usually fine with me. more »»