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Students manage stress best with support from parents, schools

March 17, 2016 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

The start of the presentation was less than an hour away, and my son was feeling stressed. He and his team had spent months preparing their STEM project, and competition day had finally arrived. He paced the hallway as he ran through his lines for what seemed like the 1,000th time, stopping every so often […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Firefighters are community helpers

September 18, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

They came through our living room like astronauts from a dark planet: not saying a word, dressed in olive green Kevlar, wearing gas masks and carrying pick axes. They were there to help of course, but I didn’t care. It was a terrifying sight for eight-year-old me. The images of those first responders, firefighters searching […]

Don’t infect your kids with your back-to-school stress

Don’t infect your kids with your back-to-school stress

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

With only three weeks until the start of another school year, my two sons are relaxing on the couch, basking in the air-conditioning and watching television. Having just returned from swimming, there is not a thought in their heads about boarding the bus and going back to school in less than a month. I, on […]

I’m so mad I could just #$%@#%

I’m so mad I could just #$%@#%

February 23, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

My son was mad. Steaming mad. Screaming mad. “I hate everything,” he roared. “It’s not fair!” I could feel my own frustration rising. He had a point, but in my opinion he was overreacting. How could this child who was so capable of having rational conversation be suddenly so irrational? We may find it unsettling […]

I’m not afraid of that shadow under the stairs. Oh yes, I am!

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

The bloodcurdling scream stops you in your tracks; your heart skips a beat as you see the look of horror on your son’s face. The next sound out of his mouth is barely discernable, but your years of experience have made you an expert in translation. You let your breath out slowly as you realize […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

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 […]

The time to talk about depression and suicide is now

September 17, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There is a stigma surrounding mental health issues that makes starting a conversation difficult. When comedic actor Robin Williams committed suicide in August, reportedly motivated by severe depression, people around the world were stunned and saddened, prompting many to post tributes to him and send supportive messages for his family and friends through both social […]