Ten Tips to Prevent the Summer Slide!

School is almost over and the kids are ready for SUMMERl! It’s time to play video games, go to the pool and really just relax. While these are all fun summer activities, it turns out that inactive summers can really result in what’s called the “Summer Slide”. All kids tend …

If Your Kids Can Do It Themselves, Let Them: 4 Ways to Foster Independence

I walked over to the coffee pot to put in the filter and spoon the tiny black granules into the basin. Above the soothing drip drip drip of coffee entering the pot, I suddenly hear my oldest daughter’s voice. It is getting louder and faster with each word, in a …

Do This One Thing to Help Raise a Child Who Is Both Kind and Successful

March is National Reading Month and Thursday March 2nd is Read Across America Day; A great time to reexamine how you are reading with your children!   Do you want to raise a child who is both kind and successful?  I think we all do. Well there is one thing …

Three Tips for Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

I rush to the car, grabbing items as I pass through the kitchen in a blur:  purse (check), paper and pen (check), toddler has presentable clothes on (check), hair brushed sometime today-mine and hers (check and check), and keys and shoes (check). This goes on for what seems like five …

8 Essential Study and Life Skills You Won’t Learn in School

  I can’t even count the number of teachers that I have heard say something along the lines of, “if it’s not on the test, I don’t teach it.” I don’t really blame them. We have created a culture in our schools that is completely focused on testing. Teachers are …

Five Ways to Teach Your Kids Kindness Today

  A concern I have heard from many parents during this election season is, “What will we tell our children?” Many times the behavior I see promoted in popular culture, Hollywood, and on television is not what I would want for my children. Since my kids are little, up until …

Is it Unfair to ask Children to Do Chores?

  There is a video that is creating quite a buzz on Facebook recently. It is about the benefits to kids of doing household chores. The video contains pictures, information, and statistics about children in the United States doing chores. (See below for full video from attn: Video.) The video …

The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

  As I drove from my house in the country, fields and green lawns gave way to rows of colorful single-family homes and then to enormous gray warehouses and boxy brown garages. The buildings, encircled  by towering chain-link fences with signs that read “Keep Out”, in large red lettering, whirred …

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 …