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Holidays are not happiness and cheer for everyone

Holidays are not happiness and cheer for everyone

December 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

For most of us, the holiday season represents fun celebrations and warm memories. From school vacation to family get-togethers, holiday traditions to special treats, the weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day are usually an exciting, and happy, time. For some children and families, however, the holidays can be stressful and difficult. Complicated by divorce, […]

Keep talking about drug use and addiction: You’re never too late for ‘right now’

December 11, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

I’m late. As with most things in my parenting life, I am woefully behind schedule. On November 19, families throughout the country took part in the National Night of Conversation, an event designed to facilitate discussion about drug abuse and addiction. My family, however, was knee-deep in social-studies projects, multiplication tables, and various sports practices. […]

You got WHAT on your report card! Parent portals ‘spoil’ the surprise

December 1, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

I don’t like surprises. Not for birthdays or anniversaries, and especially not when it comes to my children’s report cards. Luckily, parents no longer need to be taken by surprise by the grades and comments on the quarterly report from school. Today, there are many ways parents can keep track of their children’s performance on […]

Last-minute gifts that don’t have to cost anything

Last-minute gifts that don’t have to cost anything

December 1, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

For once, I’d like our tree-selection process to look like a scene from a Hallmark Christmas special. In my movie version, we all pile into the car for the short drive to a tree farm. A few light flurries swirl around us as we traipse through the snow, bundled in our colorful scarves and winter […]

Kids express thankfulness…for school [Video]

November 24, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It’s interesting to hear children talk. When asked what they are thankful for, many of them include their teachers, their school and the opportunities that exist there. This short video allows us be thankful too, for the opportunities we have to help children learn and grow. Happy Thanksgiving from Parent Today.  

Helping your elementary child adjust to homework

Helping your elementary child adjust to homework

November 22, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Number bonds. Tape diagrams. Counting up. I sometimes feel like my third-grade child is speaking a foreign language when he asks for help with his math homework. “Um, what does that mean?” I ask. He can’t always explain. “Didn’t you learn how to do this today in school?” I ask. He shrugs. Completing math homework-the […]

Students casting wide nets in college search

November 22, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

How many is too many? The same question that can creep up on us late at night while staring into a bag of cookies is one that high school seniors and their families grapple with more and more when it comes to college applications. These days, it is not unusual to hear a college-bound senior […]

Common childhood illnesses are, well, common

November 22, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

When my daughter was in fourth grade, she had lice. There, I said it. That was eight years ago. The fact is that every family deals with common childhood illnesses. Some illnesses have more of a public stigma than others, and that stigma along with misconceptions about the illness often lead to parent confusion, improper […]

What do students think about school lunch?

What do students think about school lunch?

October 19, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

More than 30 million students eat a school lunch every day, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Here’s the burning question that Parent Today has for students: Why? To celebrate National School Lunch Week’s theme of “School Lunch Snapshot,” we asked students from a handful of Capital Region schools to tell us why they’re opting […]

Parents’ role important throughout the school years

October 19, 2015 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Children’s need for parental involvement in their lives doesn’t diminish with age. Yet, as children get older and shoulder more responsibility on their own – or their work gets harder for us to figure out – we may tend to back off from our role as coach and instead become a rather silent cheerleader. As […]