Volunteering: It’s good for way more than your student’s college application.

“I am so glad I am here,” the teenage girl next to me says as she heaves clunky binders and packs of notebook paper into marked boxes. We are in the back of a box truck on a warm summer day in the south. A cool breeze blows my hair …

Is the Idea of a “Good” Teacher all in Your Mind?

As a child, I remember heading back to school and hearing whispered rumors about the teachers in my new grade, other kids and sometimes adults speaking under their breath about which teachers you wanted to get and which teachers you definitely didn’t. Sometimes these rumors turned out to be true …

Put Down that Workbook, Summer Learning Should Not Be Torture

I see you in Walmart or Borders buying that summer workbook for your kids, and I know that you have the best intentions. I have had the same thoughts myself. Nothing is more infuriating than coming home from a long day of work to see teenagers sitting on the couch …

Trick or Treat Should Not be the Way You Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework

  We all know parents who try to coerce their kids into doing their school work with tricks and mind games. I am sure you also know at least a few parents who bribe their kids with money or rewards for doing their assignments or earning good grades. Maybe you …

Back to School: The Top Five Tips Teachers Wish They Could Tell Parents

  The school year will be starting for many students (and parents) in just a few short days.  For some, the school year has already started.  As I pass other parents at dance lessons or chat at a play date, I see the looks of hesitation or elation in their …

How to Give Your Kid an Awesome Early 90’s Lesson #3: Free Time is Good

  I was born in the 80’s, but most of my childhood memories are from the early 90’s. My husband and most all of my friends grew up during this time period too. Parenting was different in the early 90’s. It was the mid-point between the distant parenting of earlier …

How to Give Your Kid an Awesome Early 90’s Summer Lesson 2: Enjoy the Moment

  I was born in the 80’s, but most of my childhood memories are from the early 90’s. My husband and most all of my friends grew up during this time period too. Parenting was different in the early 90’s. It was the mid-point between the distant parenting of earlier …