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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

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. […]

Moving up to middle school can cause butterflies

June 24, 2015 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

The students filed excitedly into the cafeteria, choosing seats near friends as they waited for the presentation to begin. The end of school was just around the corner, but that’s not what had these fifth graders abuzz. They were about to hear a preview of next year – the start of middle school. They had […]

The important stuff not found in books

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

Some of the most important lessons students learn aren’t found in textbooks. They come from life experiences – in the classroom, with family and out in the real world. As parents, we want our children to succeed. Equipping them with life skills now will better prepare them to navigate their school years and beyond. Which […]

Being popular is a state of being yourself

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: Middle Years

“I don’t know what I did. Brittany doesn’t like me anymore.” The young teen’s angst was palpable. She was 12, maybe 13, and in the throes of middle school. A long-time friendship had come to a screeching halt, and she couldn’t figure out why. “Brittany’s going to a party with the popular kids tonight,” she […]

Making a difference as a part of your life

July 28, 2014 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

There’s no doubt doing something for someone else can make you feel good. But there are other benefits to volunteering as well, such as learning new skills, connecting with people you might not have otherwise gotten to know and showing responsibility by committing to a helping opportunity. Other benefits aren’t exactly selfless – such as […]

Heroin: Cheap high can have deadly consequences

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

It seems as if every day there is a new story about a young person who has died as the result of a heroin overdose. The stories are heartbreaking, a tragic reminder of life’s fragility. The victims are frequently beyond their high school years, but for many, drug use of some kind began in their […]

Take the guesswork out of exam prep

June 12, 2013 | Posted in: Middle Years

Middle schoolers may need help figuring out how to navigate final exams – particularly if they’re taking the tests for first time. As a parent, you can encourage your child to get enough sleep and head to school with a healthy breakfast on exam day. You can also help your children develop good study habits […]

Are good grades contagious?

March 6, 2013 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

Whom your child hangs out with can have an effect on the grades he or she gets in school. At least that’s the finding of a new study recently published in the online journal PLOS One. The research suggests that the grades of friends rise or fall toward the average of their social circle over […]

Lessons learned when heroes fall

January 29, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. It’s as true for celebrity role models as for redwood trees. And when record-breaking cyclist Lance Armstrong recently confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he cheated to win seven Tour de France races, he landed with a thud heard ’round the world. As falls from grace go, it […]

Is there such a thing as texting etiquette?

January 8, 2013 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

My kids’ drive-thru request was simple: two shakes and an order of popcorn chicken. “May I take your order?” the voice on the other side of the speaker asked. I got through “two small vanilla” when the voice asked me to hold on please. Less than a half-minute later, the voice came back. “Sorry, I […]