Is there anything more harmful to the eardrums than the incessant whine of “Are we there yet?!” I’m pretty sure it’s a legit health hazard. To cut down on the questions and save my sanity while driving, I’ve downloaded these five Mom and Teacher-approved apps for my kids to zombie-out over. Usually, we have limits on our screen time, but if we’re on the road, the limit is out the car window!
Smarts with a Side of Sass
English teacher by trade, smack talker by nature, Stephanie Jankowski subscribes to the mantra: Life is too short, laugh! A mother of three in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she spends way too much time caring if her kids' socks match.
Stephanie is a freelance writer for We Are Teachers, published in the bestselling parenting humor anthologies I Just Want to Be Alone, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets, and co-directs the annual live-reading celebration of motherhood, Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh. She also makes a mean ham barbecue, but unless you're a 'Yinzer,' that probably means nothing to you.
Her blog, When Crazy Meets Exhaustion, is full of hilariously sassy musings on being a woman, mother, and educator. Steph was famous for six seconds when her pieces I Put My Husband First and The Worst Mother I've Ever Seen went viral in 6 different countries and more than 10 languages. Her parents still think she caught the flu from the Internet.
We head to the beach every summer (thankyoubabyjesus) and during our week-long stay, I’m hellbent on getting that PERFECT family picture. Only problem is I overthink it every year and we’ve yet to get THE ONE.
I’ve since realized posing my kids isn’t going to capture the essence of them. I mean, how often are kids sitting still smiling perfectly?! NEVER! I’ve decided to follow these tips for taking vacation pics from now on, and I’m confident I’ll get a frame-worthy shot!