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
Fifth grade is American History year. And four years ago my oldest daughter’s class (then 5th grade) had planned to visit Washington D.C. to tour the National Mall and a few historic sites. The problem was that the &ldq... Read more
We’ve spent our fair share of spring breaks in warmer climates, enjoying far-flung family vacations and returning home plain exhausted and needing a break from spring break! Last year we decided to stay home for t... Read more
I’ll be 39 in a few weeks.
And—what a surprise—I have a few special wishes for my birthday. First, I want a pair of red boots. A little sparkle, a little kick to make my black boots jealous. And second, I w... Read more
|Kids Grow Up So Fast...And I Like It That Way!
Mar 07, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers
Paper airplanes are taking over my living room.
In the past few months my little boy has developed an origami obsession, and The “Great Paper Beast” has vomited all over my house (see photo). It’s getting on... Read more
|Teenage Girls Are Messy, and What IS That Smell?!
Feb 29, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, SchoolFamily.com, School Clothes, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers
No one told me teenage girls are so messy! (And stinky?)
My oldest daughter is downright disgusting when it comes to her room and her laundry, and I’m scared to look under her bed. Her little sister (poor thing s... Read more
|Attention Stay/Work at Home Moms: Is It Okay To Hire An Assistant?
Feb 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, After-School
In my former life I was a molecular biologist. I know. Weird huh?
Except working in a lab is a lot like, well… cooking. Mixing up recipes (only much more precise than a dash of this and pinch of that), and growi... Read more
|Confident Child Syndrome: Letter To My Pre-Teen Daughter
Feb 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers
Dear 11-year-old daughter,
You are smart, cute, witty, and have a spirit about you not usually found in a girl your age.
Earlier this year when you ran for student government and easily won the “popular&rd... Read more
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. What’s a busy mom to do? After throwing all our creativity (and plenty of Pinterest searching) into kids’ Valentine’s Day friend cards, I have no time... Read more
My freshman asked me to drop her off early for school near the corner bakery. She wanted to grab a hot cocoa with a friend before school.
Upon rounding the corner, several older students were monopolizing the outdoor... Read more
My little boy (see photo) loves Legos. Okay. What 7-year-old boy doesn’t?
However he loves them for about 10 minutes. Or as long as it takes him to put together the elaborate “puzzle” of pieces via t... Read more