House & HomeMom's LifeThe KitchenWork and Passions

Erica Ladd

Do you ever wonder what your kids’ teachers really wish you knew?

This time of year, it can be easy to start feeling like a slacker in the “school mom” department. Re-entry after winter break is difficult, and sometimes things like reading logs and nutritious lunches start to slip for the best of us. (Note: I am not counting myself among the best of us.) 

If you can relate, you’re going to love my discussion with Erica Ladd, creator of The Candid Teacher blog, author of Candid Classroom: What Parents Want To Know And Teachers Want To Tell Them*, and co-host of The Girl Next Door podcast. Erica’s point of view about what REALLY helps kids do their best in school is refreshingly reassuring and so, so simple. 

We also talk about Erica’s ongoing journey in the foster-to-adopt system, how to look past test scores and other numbers when assessing how good a school is, and more! I know you’re going to love our conversation, so click the play button to listen now! (And then scroll down to find links to the resources we talked about during the show today.)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

[click to continue…]

0 comments

Showing Love Through Every Day Care, with Leticia Barr & Jim Higley: The Home Hour Episode 48

by Meagan Francis January 14, 2015
Showing Love Through Every Day Care, with Leticia Barr & Jim Higley: The Home Hour Episode 48

Is doing a load of laundry or washing the dishes really just a “chore”?  Or could the act of caring for our families in these little, everyday ways add up to much more over the course of a year, a childhood, a life? That’s what I’m talking about in today’s episode of The Home Hour, along […]

Read More! →

Living With Intention In 2015 With Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 47

by Meagan Francis January 8, 2015
Living With Intention In 2015 With Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 47

It’s a new year, and that means many of us are thinking about how to make big or small changes to improve our lives. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’re going to want to listen to my conversation with Karen Walrond: photographer, author, speaker, and the voice behind the well-known blog Chookooloonks. Today we’re talking […]

Read More! →

Get Caught Up With Holiday Episodes Of The Home Hour!

by Meagan Francis December 11, 2014
Get Caught Up With Holiday Episodes Of The Home Hour!

Happy holidays, all! I’m not sure how it’s possible that we are just two weeks from Christmas! Sarah and I have been working hard on our holiday giveaways this week – not to mention festivities in our own homes – so we thought it would be a good opportunity to round up some previous holiday […]

Read More! →

Holiday Style For Moms With Shana Draugelis: The Home Hour Episode 45

by Meagan Francis December 3, 2014
Holiday Style For Moms With Shana Draugelis: The Home Hour Episode 45

Did you know plaid pants are back?  Did you know turtlenecks are, too? If not (I didn’t!) you definitely need to tune in to this week’s episode of The Home Hour, where Shana Draugelis of The Mom Edit and I discuss holiday style – what to wear to parties, how to dress up a basic […]

Read More! →

Create A Calmer Holiday With Doña Bumgarner: The Home Hour Episode 44

by Meagan Francis November 26, 2014
Create A Calmer Holiday With Doña Bumgarner: The Home Hour Episode 44

To those of you who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re cooking, cleaning, or traveling this weekend, I hope you’ll take a little time to let this week’s episode of The Home Hour keep you company. In it, blogger Doña Bumgarner and I discuss how to create a more peaceful holiday by doing what really matters to […]

Read More! →

Your Thanksgiving Questions, Answered: The Home Hour Episode 43

by Meagan Francis November 20, 2014
Your Thanksgiving Questions, Answered: The Home Hour Episode 43

After a break last week (I was traveling in Florida with the whole family), The Home Hour is back this week with a brand new episode I think you’re going to love. In this episode, Sarah and I answer – to the best of our ability – YOUR questions about hosting Thanksgiving in your home. […]

Read More! →

Healthy Eating & Habits With Liz Della Croce: The Home Hour Episode 42

by Meagan Francis November 6, 2014
Healthy Eating & Habits With Liz Della Croce: The Home Hour Episode 42

With all the special diets trending right now, do you ever wonder what it really means to eat healthy?  According to today’s podcast guest, Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl, it’s simple: eat foods packed with strong flavors, like citrus and herbs…and eat less of them. (Which is easier to do when food is packed […]

Read More! →

Read-Aloud Revival With Sarah Mackenzie: The Home Hour Episode 41

by Meagan Francis October 23, 2014
Read-Aloud Revival With Sarah Mackenzie: The Home Hour Episode 41

We all know we’re supposed to read to our kids every day, right? But it can be easier said than done. Between tongue-twisting passages in picture books and toddlers crawling over you while you’re trying to read to older siblings, reading aloud is one of those things that can be kind of a drag for […]

Read More! →

Discipline At Every Age: The Home Hour Episode 40

by Meagan Francis October 16, 2014
Discipline At Every Age: The Home Hour Episode 40

  What’s your discipline style? Are you relaxed? Authoritative? Do you use punishments, rewards, natural consequences? When a reader asked Sarah and I for some advice on a common – but totally exasperating – toddler tendency, we realized that not only do we rarely write about discipline here on the blog, but that we had never actually […]

Read More! →