Carissa South

Carissa South
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Carissa is a loving wife, mother, and educator holding a masters of reading from the University of Central Oklahoma. She loves helping around their farm by taking care of the goats, chickens, and dogs. Her newly-adopted daughter brings lots of new challenges to her life as she is learning to balance work, family, and parenting.
6 New School Year Tips From a Teacher

6 New School Year Tips From a Teacher

Weren't we just singing School's Out for Summer!? Now we teachers are crying as we see the back-to-school commercials and the school supplies being put out. And as parents, we might be celebrating that our...
4th of July traditions

Family Traditions for the 4th of July

Do you smell the smoke from the fireworks? Can you taste the food from the backyard barbecues? Can you hear the laughter of children splashing in the pools? That can only mean one thing, the 4th of...

Favorite Chapter Books to Read with My Young Daughter

As a teacher I have come across many chapter books. Some I have read once, and some have captured my heart and I’ve read every year to my students. As I read these beautiful...

5 Easy Ways to Make Valentine’s Day a Treasured Memory for Your Kids

  Love is in the air and couples are proclaiming their love for each other on social media. Parents are getting notes about parties and decorating boxes to bring to school. All this can only...

Just A Little Bit Longer

When our adopted daughter moved in with us as a foster kiddo, she had just turned four. Four was a fun age full of wonder and new things at every turn. Everywhere we went,...

No New Year Goal, Just A Word

As December is ending, a lot of us are looking forward to setting goals for ourselves and families as we enter the new year. This is a tradition that I always remember having and...

Why Our Family is Skipping the Over-the-Top-Christmas This Year

Our family is skipping the big and over-the-top Christmas this year. Our daughter has complex trauma, and her most triggered time of the year is around the holidays. You see, she was removed from her...

Kid-Friendly Ideas to Fill New Year’s Eve Before 10pm

New Year's Eve can be hard to celebrate when you have younger kids.  The kids want to stay up late and ring in the New Year with mom and dad, but what do you...

The Switch Witch: A Halloween Tradition (And What To Do with All That Candy)

Pumpkin patches, fall festivals, costumes, parades, and candy can only mean one thing: Halloween is upon us! My daughter loves candy, what child doesn't? And it is the season of candy! It seems like everywhere...

The Magic of a Calming Corner: Helping Kids Handle Big Emotions

Before our adopted daughter came to live with us as a foster child in 2019, we prepared in all the ways we knew how. We did all the training with the Department of Human...

4 Lessons We Are Teaching Our Kids About Money

Money, Money, Money...Money can be a hard subject in any family and can be hard to handle. So, how do we teach our kids to handle money? How do we teach them to work...

OMG, Is That a Gray Hair?!

I started getting gray hairs in my mid to late 20's. It happened to my grandma, and it happened to my mom. I knew it was bound to happen to me. When it did,...