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GoodNCrazy Mom

Carissa Rogers
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 blog, or visit her personal blog at She’s also on Twitter as @CarissaRogers

GoodNCrazy Mom Wonders: Child Slave Labor or Allowance?

Jun 06, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Allowance

“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
Mom’s Role in PTO Rummage Sale Changes Rank

May 31, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Fundraising, Carissa Rogers

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
What Happens When This Mother-Daughter Share Fashion...and Music?

May 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, High School, Carissa Rogers

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? Um. Yeah. “Accidenta... Read more
Of Funerals, Family Commitments, and the Needs of Teens

May 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Carissa Rogers

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
Mother’s Day: Sleeping In vs. Breakfast In Bed

May 10, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in, Mother's Day, Carissa Rogers

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
Girlfriends Help This GoodNCrazy Mom Get By

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in, Parenting, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

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
Is it Un-American To Dislike Little League...When It's Cold?

Apr 26, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in, Extracurricular Activities, Carissa Rogers, After-School

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
Cereal: Not the "Breakfast of Champions" For This GoodNCrazy Family

Apr 18, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in, Recipe Share, Carissa Rogers

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
My Son, The Absent Minded Professor

Apr 12, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

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, A Love Story

Apr 05, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Carissa Rogers

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