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

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘What a day for a daydream, custom made for a daydreamin’ boy or girl’

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

This electronic world we live in may be depriving us of a much-needed pastime: daydreaming. Psychologists say daydreaming helps us formulate goals and understand our deepest hopes, wishes and fears. It also contributes to creativity, social-emotional well-being and school performance. But researchers say distractions such as social media and video games may keep children from […]

More rest, less stress on test day

March 27, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Parent Today shared the following information in advance of 2013 state standardized test for students in grades 3-8. We republish it here so you can help prepare your child for another test season. Some students thrive on test stress; others experience intense anxiety that leaves them feeling physically ill – stomachaches, headaches, etc. – and […]

To test or not to test; that’s a tough question

March 17, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

There’s a part of me that wants to opt my kids out of standardized testing. But I’m not going to. I hear about the controversy over testing (see sidebar), and I side with parents who believe they are ultimately responsible and accountable for their child’s education. We – as parents – do have primary responsibility […]

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 […]

Calming ‘Core’ anxiety of stressed-out students

Calming ‘Core’ anxiety of stressed-out students

October 10, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

The release of student test scores has added fuel to the arguments of an increasing number of parents disturbed by the effects new Common Core Learning Standards and standardized tests are having on their children. Some say their children are coming home from school stressed and frustrated about difficult schoolwork and demoralized by lower-than-expected state […]