Why “theamyreilly.com”?

Well, the obvious, is when you are late to the blogging game, your relatively common name is taken. And while I love words and wordsmithing… I mean I AM an English Teacher … it was difficult to sum up just one avenue of the many interests that teaching has cultivated in my life into one tag line. So, “theamyreilly.com”.

I have been wanting to blog for a long time about many of the things I have learned about teaching teenagers reading, writing and health and then having those adorable babies I birthed grow UP into teenagers for a long time. Now that my youngest is approaching her tween years and I got some encouragement from friends, I decided it was now or never. I am gradually moving away from Facebook but I still wanted a space to talk about books and hopefully continue a dialogue about some thing I’m passionate about.

This page will include book reviews, insights into health conversations that I’ve had with teenagers and some of my favorite distractions. One of the most important things I have learned in almost two decades of teaching  is how to find time to recharge myself and be okay with a little bit of self indulgence.

What do I want for this site? 

  • I hope you find this helpful.
  • I hope you find it thoughtful
  • I hope it reminds parents that you’re not alone muddling through adolescence, again but this time as a backseat driver. 
  • I hope that my non-parent readers find something that makes them think, makes them smile or makes them wonder.

I look forward to hearing from you