Author Archives: Amanda Ledbetter

Sacred siblings

The whole school laughed hysterically as I stood in the middle of the playground with my gym shorts around my ankles and my Raggedy Ann and Andy underwear on display. I stood in disbelief, my eyes filling with tears as … Continue reading

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You have prepared them well

It’s almost time for Parent-Teacher conferences. If you’re like me, when the teacher speaks about those areas that need improvement, it can feel as if you’re the one being assessed. I remember meeting with my daughter’s kindergarten teacher last year. When she … Continue reading

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Why do I care? Connecting current events and the classroom

When my journalism students pitch an idea for a story, they know I’m going to ask one question. “Why do I care?” While they may struggle, it’s important for them to understand that their audience will ask the same question. … Continue reading

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From the newsroom to the classroom: Lessons from a recovering reporter

I’m a reporter. Yes, I work at a school, but journalism will always be a part of who I am because it combines my love for learning new things, meeting interesting people, and telling stories. If you’re trying to generate … Continue reading

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I’ve been there

I was in line at the doctor’s office this week, trying desperately to juggle my toddler, purse, and the clipboard of endless insurance and medical forms when I saw her. My angel. She was wearing a hot pink sweatshirt, black … Continue reading

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Laughter through tears

“Please don’t cry or I will too. I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.” This is a great line from my all-time favorite movie “Steel Magnolias.” If you haven’t seen the movie (good grief, put … Continue reading

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Unseen blessings

I just spent 15 minutes looking for my daughter’s friend Violet during a mean game of hide-and-go-seek. I couldn’t find this chick anywhere. I looked in the laundry room, under the beds, and even in the scary hall closet with … Continue reading

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Friendships aren’t just for fairy tales: Who is your support system?

Snow White is one smart lady. I realized this tonight while reading a bedtime story to my kids. I’m not referring to the incident with the tainted apple. Clearly that was a weak moment. I’m talking about how she chose … Continue reading

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Your spouse or your kids? Who comes first?

The day I found out I was expecting my first child was sort of like the day I learned I’d been accepted to college. I knew I applied but there was a small part of me that was terribly afraid … Continue reading

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Rescuing Supermom

Our ride home from school is about 30 minutes. Depending on traffic – and temperaments – this is usually a great time to hear about my kindergartner’s day and steal a few traffic light tickles from my two-year-old. During a … Continue reading

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