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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 SchoolFamily.com blog, or visit her personal blog at GoodNCrazy.com. She’s also on Twitter as @CarissaRogers


My Teen’s Love/Hate Relationship With Science: A Corn Story

Jan 18, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

My freshman daughter hates science. Okay, maybe hate is a too strong a word, but she sure doesn’t love it. And that’s all very sad for me since I have a biology degree and made university research my home for 8 ye... Read more
Make Martin Luther King Day a Family Day of Service

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Did you know Martin Luther King Day has morphed into an official “Day of Service?” If you check the website, MLK... Read more
My Daughter’s On Facebook; What Are The Rules?

Jan 04, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

When it was time for my daughter to start using Facebook, we read articles, talked to Internet safety experts, and researched Facebook terms of service (TOS) rules for children. (Did you know children younger than 13 aren't a... Read more
10 Resolutions for 2012 This GoodNCrazy Mom’s NOT Making

Dec 28, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

January is having a staring contest with me. There’s less than a week left of 2011 and I feel like the past year is making fun of all my goals. It knows what I accomplished, it knows what I failed. It knows the big &lsq... Read more
Handmade Gifts Kids Can Make for Their School-Age Friends

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

For many years now, we had a no-gift policy for our kids’ birthday parties. We even went so far as to let people know any gifts brought would be graciously donated to a local shelter. However we soon had to amend our &l... Read more
Can We Postpone The Holiday Hustle and Bustle?

Dec 14, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

A few years ago, my husband’s office holiday party was postponed ’till January because they simply couldn’t find a Friday night to host it. However, that party was quite possibly the best (better late than n... Read more
Rewards, Movies, and Holiday Parties? Oh My!

Dec 07, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Is any work getting done in school during the holiday months? I recently came across a Facebook group discussion about using classrooms using movies as a reward for everything from meeting accelerated reader (AR) reading goal... Read more
"Yes, Virginia—Grades Do Matter" Or, My Attempt to Make My Kids See It This Way

Nov 30, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Middle School, Homework, High School, College, Carissa Rogers

It’s that time of year: time to stress about sending holiday cards, time to battle the shopping frenzy, time to sneak one last glass of eggnog (I’m not judging); oh, and time for REPORT CARDS!  For years now ... Read more
A Gratitude Shout-Out From Our “SchoolFamily” To Yours

Nov 16, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teacher Appreciation, School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Organization, Middle School, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

  Our family’s world revolves around the activities of our three school-age kids.  And as much as it often looks like we don’t know whether we’re coming or going… all those activities we&rsq... Read more
Drama vs. Sports: Is There A Difference?

Nov 09, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in High School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

Welcome to our first year of high school. My daughter is a freshman and has all honors classes, with promises of double homework. She also has piano, marching band (marching during home football games), and all the friends an... Read more