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Picking the ‘right’ preschool

June 24, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners

It’s your child’s first foray into the “school” world, and you’ve got mixed feelings. On one hand, you’re excited to watch her learn and grow. On the other, you feel tremendous pressure to pick the “right” school. Choosing a preschool can be an overwhelming experience with so many options/approaches available: teacher-led, child-led, Montessori, Waldorf, co-operative, […]

The comfort of traditions

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

The suggestion that we “do something different” this Thanksgiving was met by a long silence. “Why would we do something different?” asked our daughter, her tone incredulous. The start of college this past August has meant a time of significant adjustment for our oldest child. She and our two other children have only ever known […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: High School

At a certain age, career choices seem limitless: firefighter, rock star, astronaut, princess. Fast-forward 10 years and the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” can trigger fear, anxiety and outright panic. This is especially true for juniors and seniors who feel pressured to make a decision about their options. The […]

Seniors offer advice to freshman students

August 22, 2014 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

The transition from middle school to high school can trigger a wide range of feelings – from excitement about increased independence and anxiety about social issues to stress about the workload and nervousness about just about everything else. No parent wants his or her child to be anxious about going to high school – or […]

Help for back-to-school anxiety

August 22, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Anxious feelings are normal and expected in times of transition, particularly with a change such as going back to school. For younger children, anxiety often revolves around separating from parents. For older children, it’s frequently about social situations such as fitting in, making new friends and personal performance in specific areas such as academics, music […]

Taking little steps toward independence

June 25, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

“Mom, you don’t have to sing tonight,” said my boy as I settled in beside him. “Oh, OK,” I replied hesitantly. Our nightly routine had given us time to connect at the end of a busy day, and I liked that. “Do you just want to get to sleep tonight?” “I mean, like, ever again,” […]

Seniors, stay focused for the final lap

May 23, 2014 | Posted in: High School

My senior daughter is more than ready to graduate. “Shouldn’t classes be winding down by now?” she asked, lamenting the two tests and project deadline she faces in the coming days. I reminded her that there is still nearly a month of school left, including finals and Regents for many students. It’s not likely there […]

Helping kids manage transition stress

November 13, 2013 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

Change can be difficult for any of us. Sometimes it’s sudden and unexpected, such as an unexpected job loss or the death of a loved one. Other times, transitions can be expected, such as children starting school, changing schools or classes as they grow older, and eventually leaving home for a career or college. Every […]

School daze: Reclaim the routine

September 4, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Every August, we vow to be more organized for the start of school. The lazy days of summer have been fun for our kids, with plenty of opportunities to stay up late, sleep late and occasionally lounge around in pajamas all day. With the start of school, we realize a regular routine helps us all […]

First day of kindergarten is a big step for everyone

July 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

Anticipation about starting kindergarten followed a similar path for all three of my children. They couldn’t wait to be “big kids,” and talk about how excited they were for “the big day” filled our summer. That is, until about a week before school started. “What if I don’t make friends?” “Will my teacher be nice?” […]