9 Parent Teacher Conference Must Haves To Advocate For Your Child

Parents Prepare To Advocate For Your Child #MissLoriConcert

This week I’m heading to my childs’ school for report card pick up and that education staple, the parent teacher conference. I’m ready for this dance because I have been talking to the teachers, advocating for my child and nipping problems in the bud, all quarter long. If you suspect there is a problem in your childs’ class and you are waiting until the parent teacher conference to address it with the teacher then you are late to the party. [Read more…]

Mommy Miss Lori is going back to school a few computers short


How many computers does a family with three school age children and a Marketainer Mom need? Last year I had a 17 inch used imac, a 20 inch new Dell Inspirion One PC and my 13 inch very used Macbook. In order to complete homework my three kids had to take turns and darn near stand in line to use their preferred choice of computer, the touch screen Dell. Then over the holidays my very used Macbook died. [Read more…]

Miss Lori is preparing her kids and her house to go back to school

I know Summer is ending because all of my favorite Summer TV shows are running their season finales. I can’t deny it any longer, it’s time to go back to school. AHHHHHHHHH! Sure that means shopping for notebooks, pens and paper, but preparing for back to school is not just about buying back to school supplies, there are other things you can do to get yourself and your kids ready for this seasonal transition. Because to be truly ready for the demands of the school year you not only have to have a well packed backpack, but a well packed attitude to boot. I find that to instill a good attitude about the school year my kids require a fresh perspective and a dependable routine. Here are 6 ways that I inspire both. [Read more…]

If Miss Lori does not fear math neither will her kids

When you hear MATH what words come to mind? Hard? Scary? Impossible? Now stop and think about it, do you use those words in front of your kids? Look, I’m not here to make you feel bad. This is not one of those Mom guilt posts, this is actually about a parenting revelation I had when I was at Blogher this past weekend.

I had the pleasure of attending a breakfast hosted by Texas Instruments’ Calculators. Now, I will tell you what I know about scientific calculators…they are on the back to school supply list for my eldest children. Period. Yup that’s all I’ve got. Well, that’s all I had. [Read more…]

Miss Lori has 10 reasons why you should see Taming of the Shrew at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Last weekend I had the great fortune to attend the opening of the new Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Short Shakespeare production of Taming of the Shrew, adapted and directed by the incomparable Rachel Rockwell. I wasn’t alone. My dates for the morning event were my eager children. They were eager because they always love to visit Navy Pier, but they were also especially excited to see a Shakespeare production with African American leads. My kids have seen a lot of shows over the years but it is still a special adventure to see faces on the stage that match their own. For me too. But there were plenty of other reasons to be excited about this beautiful and witty production. I am counting down my top ten just for you. [Read more…]