Learn Their Names, Learn Their Story

This is an important message as we start a new school year. My name is part of my identity. Many students will not want to correct their teachers so it is up to us to insist on correct pronunciation of each student’s name. Do you agree?

In fifth grade, my teacher was firm, but loving. She played the harp, had emerald green eyes, and read aloud Tuck Everlasting to our class. We rapped about rainforests, memorized the Fifty Nifty United States, and kept chameleons in aquariums (except for the one that escaped, making for a frantic morning search around the classroom!). I loved being in her class, but every day, the whole grade switched to different teachers for reading. Despite being an enthusiastic reader at home, I dreaded my reading teacher’s class from the beginning, all because of one thing. She refused to learn my name.

My name is Aliza.
It is derived from Hebrew.
Depending on the etymology, it means “joyful” or “oath of God”.
There are not many of us. I have only met one other Aliza, in person, in my life.
My name is pronounced “ah-LEE-zah”.
It rhymes with (The Leaning Tower of)…

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How to Babysit a Grandma, delightful read, 5/5 stars

How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan

How to Babysit a Grandma    by Jean Reagan


As a young babysitter you know that grandmas need special care and attention, especially when there are sleepovers involved.  You’ve got to keep them busy!  First, you need to include all of the not-to-be-missed things to do at the park.  Later, you will want to let your grandma choose some of the grandma-friendly crafts.  Dinner can be tricky.  Look for tips in this book on making the meal appetizing and delicious.  Once your grandma is all tuckered out, help her choose the best spot to sleep.  Don’t forget to make her feel at home with a super-fun secret bedtime routine!

Adults, Reagan’s delightful book captures the heart of family and encourages intergenerational relationship building.  I recommend sharing “How to Babysit a Grandma” and the companion volume, “How to Babysit a Grandpa“, with every young babysitter you know.

Happy Mother’s Day to all women


Happy Mother’s Day to every woman in every stage of life. We all mother, nurture and mentor someone. We all build community within our spheres of influence. This way of living and being is what we honor today. Happy Mother’s Day to all women!

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