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‘A great time to be a government teacher’: Teaching civics at the midterms

‘A great time to be a government teacher’: Teaching civics at the midterms

November 9, 2018 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

As the dust settles from the midterm elections, one of the stories that emerged was the massive turnout of young voters. The Atlantic reported that young-adult turnout “surged by 188 percent” in early voting, compared with 2014, with more than 30 percent of voters ages 18-29 casting ballots on Nov. 6. That’s a strong showing […]

Connecting with your tweens and teens is tough, but rewarding

Connecting with your tweens and teens is tough, but rewarding

November 6, 2018 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

I never thought it would happen, but it did—I signed up for a SnapChat account just so I could stay connected with my kids. I’m not proud of the fact that I sometimes use a bunny-eared filter to start a conversation with my son and daughter. But if that’s what I need to do in […]

Does your child need more help with schoolwork: How about a tutor?

Does your child need more help with schoolwork: How about a tutor?

November 6, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

I try to help my fourth- and sixth-grade sons with their math, but I often find myself saying, “I have no idea.” Their teachers have been a wonderful resource and very patient with our questions, but as I watch the almost nightly struggles with homework, I wonder whether I should seek additional help outside of […]

Let them play: Encouraging youth sports in the helicopter parent era

Let them play: Encouraging youth sports in the helicopter parent era

October 3, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

You can see them in communities across the country. There are two in one of the older parks my family frequents. Branches from aging trees have nearly grown into the tops of the metal-mesh canopies. What were once diamond-shaped dirt lanes have long since gone to grass. When was the last time anyone actually played […]

10 educational apps for the modern family

10 educational apps for the modern family

September 17, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe the iPhone was introduced only 11 years ago. Whether you are an Apple fan or a Samsung fan or have any one of the many other brands, smartphones and, to a lesser degree, tablets, have made profound changes on our daily lives. They put the world at our fingertips. But […]

Do it yourself: The benefits of putting kids in charge of the morning routine

Do it yourself: The benefits of putting kids in charge of the morning routine

September 13, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

When I was a kid, I don’t remember my mom ever packing my school lunch for me. I’m sure she did from time to time, but for the most part, she made sure that we had things in the kitchen that I could easily grab and throw into my lunch box. I wasn’t the most […]

The new kid in town

The new kid in town

September 4, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

Growing up, my family moved a lot. Besides being concerned about whether or not I would have to share a new bedroom with my older sister, I was most worried about being the new kid at school. It was one of my biggest fears as a child — besides the invisible gorilla that I insisted […]

Fighting the first day jitters

Fighting the first day jitters

August 29, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

One of the things I have learned both professionally and as a parent is that there often is no better time to communicate than when you have a captive audience. That’s where my truck comes in. With the kids in the backseat, there is no Netflix, no YouTube and no Minecraft – just seat belts […]

New York day trips: Fun paths to educational adventures

New York day trips: Fun paths to educational adventures

July 24, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Vacations can be hard work. It seems like you spend days making lists; packing the car; rounding up kids; battening down your home; and inevitably forgetting something. Last year, we went to Cape Cod with another couple and their grandchildren. We had a lot of fun. But it wasn’t always relaxing. Kids get cranky whether […]

When learning is better than winning

When learning is better than winning

June 12, 2018 | Posted in: Elementary

“No Jane….don’t do cartwheels on the field during the game!” “Timmy…don’t climb the soccer goal, it’s not a cargo net!” “Great pass Charlie!” “We are going the other direction Sam!” This was pretty much what my first experience coaching a youth soccer game was like. My children have been playing soccer as long as they […]