** LAURIE GELMAN celebrates the holidays with us ** GIVEAWAY **




In the spirit of full disclosure, Laurie Hibberd, now Gelman, debut author of CLASS MOM(Henry Holt) and I worked together as television journalists in Miami. I was even at the table when she first met you-know-who-will-not-be-mentioned-here. But who knew it would lead to “happily ever after, and two darling daughters.” Bottom line, this is Laurie’s rodeo. The point of me writing this is to “say,” I didn’t know Laurie was so funny and clever. Of course, I knew she was talented, but writing a novel, and a laugh-out-loud one at that, is something else! I congratulate you my fellow reformed journalist, turned AUTHOR!

CLASS MOM arrived last year just in time for a new school year. I’m sure moms and some dads, were signing up to be liaisons between teachers and parents. But who ever thought the relationship between a kindergarten teacher and parents could be so cut-throat? CLASS MOM is a smart, delightful read for anyone, especially if you’re considering the position. Beware.

Now we are anxiously awaiting Laurie’s sophomore effort. There’s no title yet, but it will be published in July and once against features “not your average Kansas mom, Jen Dixon.”


Laurie took some time to share Holiday cheer with  us.

1.       What is your favorite Holiday?

I find the whole December holiday season wonderful. Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza meld together and there is something for everyone to celebrate.

2.       What do you love about the Holidays?


I love the lights. Whether you live up north and lights are reflected against the snow or in the south where the lights deck the halls of tiki huts, the added beauty in the evening gives the whole season a magical feel.

3.       What is your fondest Holiday memory?

When my husband and I were dating, we spent our first Christmas together – he is Jewish so doesn’t celebrate December 25th but he knew I did. So he surprised me Christmas morning by decorating a tree and putting presents under it. I was so touched.


4.       What are your wishes for 2019?

Peace and kindness…and that the sequel to Class Mom is a best seller!

Thanks to Laurie we have one signed copy of CLASS MOM to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve a PTA mom, or participated in your child’s classroom. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

30 thoughts on “** LAURIE GELMAN celebrates the holidays with us ** GIVEAWAY **

  1. I’ve always been a working mom and a PTA member. I went to one PTA meeting and thereafter, took a more silent role. Was way too competitive for me.

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  2. I was a room mom for all my kids and help in the library. Went on many field trips until my daughter said “ mom, do you have to go ?” Haha!

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  3. I was Room Mom for two years. I loved the interaction being the liason between the teacher and the parents. It was very rewarding and there were definitely some eye roll moments. There is a need for levity for sure. I loved Laurie’s book and cannot wait for the second one!

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  4. I attempted to take part in my children’s activities in school, but sometimes my job just did not allow for it to happen. With my grandchildren, when they were in the lower grades, I was always there for their functions. It was great.

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  5. I was until they started Elementary School now we have to get two or three clearances, fingerprints and a TB test and we have to pay for it all to volunteer our time
    If they paid for it, I would definitely do it because I am a SAHM & 1 Income Family

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  6. I was a class mom a few times (once for kindergarten) as well as a classroom helper and library assistant. I also worked for ten years as a teacher’s aide in pre-school and kindergarten classes. Helping out and working in classrooms was such fun. I loved it!

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  7. I want to read this because I’m a teacher, and it would be fun to see the other side of things! For my own personal kids, I pay PTA dues and send food in for teacher luncheons and such…I am not involved in the PTA meetings because they happen during school hours.

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  8. I used to help out with field trips and big events if they needed a extra hand in my daughters class. Recently – literally like this month – I decided to homeschool my daughter so now we have no PTA or such. Just a class of 1 for me 🙂


  9. Well, I don’t have any children, but my mom was a great Room Mother back in the day, helping with all the parties and such.


  10. I work full time so unfortunately I don’t get to be a room mom. There’s been a few times where I was off and was able to help at a party or two and my son was so excited.


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