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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 […]

Could my daughter be a ‘mean girl’?

November 20, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

It’s not the kind of news you want to hear. Your daughter has been talking behind a friend’s back – and the things she’s saying are far from kind. You can’t figure out what’s going on, because that’s not how you raised her. You thought you taught her about compassion, empathy, acceptance and understanding. Now […]

Cellphones are useful, but parents need to set some rules

July 12, 2012 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

There are times as a parent when it is hard to stick to your guns. That was the case several years ago when our second child desperately wanted a cellphone. “When you are 13,” we said. That was the age at which her older sister had gotten a phone, and we felt it was an […]

Your brain is not fully developed yet! What kind of excuse is that?

June 13, 2012 | Posted in: Middle Years

School’s almost out, and many of us are facing the annual summer dilemma of what to with do with our middle schoolers. They’re too old for most summer recreation programs, too young to get a job, and exactly the right age for them to think we should just leave them home alone. Studies on the […]

Go away, but please don’t leave me alone.

April 19, 2012 | Posted in: Middle Years

There are days when connecting with my middle schooler seems as if I’m trying to crack some secret code from another planet. We cover the same material in our conversations, but our talks are often disjointed, and we are unable to relate on any rational level. Then there are moments (“days” would be an exaggeration […]