Carissa is mom to three children — two ‘tween girls and a little boy — and is married to her best friend and husband. She has lived in multiple states and her children have experienced several different schools.
She currently lives in a small town in Southern Oregon where fighter jets train overhead. In her former life she was a molecular biologist.
In her current life when she isn’t dancing the after-school-shuffle, she writes and consults for several online websites, as well as finds time to experiment with new recipes and pretends to be a photographer. She is an active volunteer in her children’s schools, church and in Scouting.
Carissa will share her particular brand of storytelling about the ‘GoodNCrazy’ of parenting and public school education. Contact Carissa by leaving a comment on her SchoolFamily.com blog, or visit her personal blog at GoodNCrazy.com. She’s also on Twitter as @CarissaRogers
“Mom, can I go to the movies with friends tonight?”
“Mom, I REALLY need this new mascara.”
“Mom, I need $450 for the band trip.” ($450!?!)
“Mom, these shoes are too cute. I must have... Read more
Let me set the scene: TIME: Last spring, at the end of the school year. LOCATION: The library at my kid’s school, Roosevelt Elementary. SETTING: The last PTO meeting of the year.
I was tempted to pretend to be sick. I&r... Read more
I just “accidentally” spent $100 on clothes.
I figured only half of the stuff would fit and/or look decent so it was really like I spent $50 and I’d just take the ugly back, right?
“Accidenta... Read more
My grandma passed away last Friday. And worse, I missed her funeral.
It’s not as bad as it seems. I’m sad of course; literally, as I type this, her funeral is taking place more than 12 hours away in another state.... Read more
I’ve spent nearly 15 years celebrating Mother’s Days. And after a while it sort of gets mashed into all the other days and craziness of May. School is winding down, with end of year celebrations and field trips, p... Read more
My girlfriends, Mom friends, BFFs (whatever you want to call them), save my life on a regular basis.
This photo, at right, is from a recent birthday party for my friend Julie, the woman in the tiara (I’m sitting next to... Read more
My children love Little League. Me? Not so much. I like watching them play baseball—I do. And I’m pretty sure it’s un-American to dislike Little League. It’s just that I’m a fair-weather sports ... Read more
That’s right. CEREAL.
I am not a morning person. Instead I’ve taught my children the fine art of pouring milk and cereal. And I can’t figure out why they aren’t fond of it? I keep wondering: What kinds... Read more
Why is my little boy so dang forgetful? He is smart, amazing, fun loving, and all about science, engineering, and Rube Goldberg contraptions…but ask him where his library book is, and you’ll get a stare of oblivi... Read more
April Fools’ Day came and went this year with very little fanfare or pranks in my world. Landing on a Sunday meant it wasn’t very easy to catch a schoolmate, or surprise a teacher with a silly joke on THE joke day... Read more