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Have yourself a merry, and meaningful, little Christmas

Have yourself a merry, and meaningful, little Christmas

December 19, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Everybody looks forward to the holidays, don’t they? All those people with happy faces in TV commercials set the tone, racing through the stores weighed down with giant shopping bags loaded with gifts – sale after sale after sale. The frantic pace starts before the Thanksgiving turkey has even cooled. Stress levels rise. There are, […]

Is Jack Frost nipping at your nose?

December 19, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Just about everyone who lives in New York State can relate to the experience of coming inside out of winter weather with an ice-cold face, hands or feet. As you start to warm up, your ears, nose, fingertips and toes begin to tingle and perhaps burn a little. Most of us simply settle in with […]

Timely tips for traveling with tikes

December 19, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Over the river and through the woods can mean a six-hour car drive to Grandmother’s house to spend time together during the holiday season. Electronic devices are helpful on a long car ride, but you can also bond as a family and create lasting memories with activities that break up the monotony of staring at […]

Da da da da da, squeak, squeak, squeak squeak

December 19, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The squeaking sounds rang through the house, and we silently cringed. The girls did their homework behind closed bedroom doors, an attempt to buffer the sound of their brother’s clarinet “playing.” Even the dogs seemed to be scarce for the 30 minutes of daily practice. It was week 1 on this new instrument for our […]

12 Gifts for Christmas

December 17, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

You don’t need the excuse of a holiday. Here is a list of 12 gifts you can give to your children. None of them comes from a store. 12. Time and attention. Think carefully about who or what is getting yours, and who should be. 11. Sense of Humor. Laugh with your children every day. […]

The first Thanksgiving: Pass the quahogs, please

November 26, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Last November, some well-meaning soul told my children that the Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving, after being introduced to it by their Native American friends. That’s fascinating trivia to add to the stories and traditions of one of America’s most popular holidays. Unfortunately, like most of the other trappings of the day, it […]

Navigating the college application process

November 26, 2013 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

Recently, and with the help of a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call, my son and I finalized his college applications. While a pre-dawn send-off is not a filing requirement, we had not been able to convince the Common App’s new and improved (but, sadly, not yet bug-free) online college application filing service to complete the deal […]

The connection between a good night’s sleep and good grades

November 26, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

We hear it all the time: It’s important to get a good night’s sleep. But how important is it when it comes to getting good grades in school? A study by the University of Minnesota recently surveyed more than 7,000 high school students about their sleep habits and grades. The results? On average, the kids […]

Learning to be grateful

November 26, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It’s probably the second most frequently spoken sentence in conversations with our children, trailing behind “I love you,” of course. “What do you say?” we ask after they tear open birthday gifts, blast through holiday treats and welcome unexpected surprises. As parents, we remind our children that manners matter and courtesy counts. From writing thank-you […]

Getting it ‘just right:’ Teaching children about character

November 13, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

If we heard a story about a young girl walking into our neighbor’s house, helping herself to food, breaking a chair and running off without even so much as a “thank you” or “I’m sorry,” we’d probably wonder what her parents had taught her about respect – not to mention that little issue of felony […]