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Encouraging risk-taking in your kids

Encouraging risk-taking in your kids

March 14, 2019 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

I want my children to take more risks. I don’t mean I want my daughter to steal a car or my son to run away and join a carnival. I am talking about the healthy risks that will allow them to grow into well-adjusted, successful adults. Homo sapiens, like other primates, has an extraordinarily long […]

Grief and loss: How to help your child process life’s difficult moments

Grief and loss: How to help your child process life’s difficult moments

March 12, 2019 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

It’s a moment no parent wants to experience: In my daughter’s folder was a sealed letter from the principal. The words “tragedy” and “loss of life” jumped out at me, and I felt a knot build in my throat as my daughter watched me read. As I read more carefully, I felt at first relieved, […]

Do you live in a child care desert?

Do you live in a child care desert?

February 11, 2019 | Posted in: Early Learners

One of the biggest challenges for busy families is often finding child care. Child care facilities, such as a licensed daycare or pre-school, can often be outside the financial means of working families. For many parents working in the retail, service or manufacturing industries, it may also be hard to find child care outside the […]

Don’t let cabin fever take control of you and your family this winter

Don’t let cabin fever take control of you and your family this winter

February 7, 2019 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

The excitement of the holidays and first snowfall has passed leaving us with the reality of less daylight, cold temperatures, and, in some areas, snow and ice on the ground. Brrrr. Like much of nature, I just want to hibernate. If this happens to you, you can bet the next sunny winter day that it’s […]

Is my child gifted? Talking to schools about talented students

Is my child gifted? Talking to schools about talented students

February 6, 2019 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

One of the earliest videos I took of my daughter shows her as a toddler, playing with wooden blocks and haltingly counting to 20. I was bursting with pride, both at her ability to stack the blocks so carefully and precisely, and at how she had finally mastered her numbers. In that moment, I felt, […]

Non-material gifts to give this holiday season

Non-material gifts to give this holiday season

December 20, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, Middle Years

Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that are unexpected, come from the heart and are homemade. This holiday season, instead of buying a gift from an overheated crowded store, consider these inexpensive, non-material gifts instead. Time Time is the one thing we all wish we could have more of. We are all busy, and […]

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 […]

Fun activities to help your child learn a new language

Fun activities to help your child learn a new language

October 15, 2018 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

French or Spanish: Those were the two languages my son was torn between choosing for his sixth-grade language requirement. He really liked one of the Spanish teachers he met in fifth grade, but I had studied French when I was school. He saw both as advantages. I have to admit, I nudged him a bit […]

Making the transition to kindergarten a success

Making the transition to kindergarten a success

October 10, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

I’m standing at the end of the driveway, waiting with my five-year-old daughter, Ava, for her first bus ride to school. “Are you coming Mommy?” she asks. Her eyes widen as I shake my head and force a smile. “No love, not this morning” She turns to my husband. “Daddy, are you coming?” As he […]