Nobody likes to see summer end. When I was a kid growing up in New York, school always started the Wednesday after Labor Day. We dreaded it. But by that time the weather was getting cooler; the town pool was closed for the season. You didn’t feel like you were missing out. Nowadays, it seems as if … [Read more...]
Would you put your child on a leash?
How often do you read to your kids?
Learn what education experts recommend. List of Polls Next Poll … [Read more...]
Should kids be allowed to play video games?
How involved are you in your kids’ school?
Read one mom survival guide on getting involved in her kids' school. List of Polls Next Poll … [Read more...]
How do you feel about the new Common Core standards for math?
Are you happy with your child’s school?
For more information on increasing school satisfaction, read these posts on: How to tell when your child is struggling in reading in school. How to have a great parent-teacher conference. What parents can do to help their kids grow into confident readers--a toolkit for parents. List of … [Read more...]
How important is it to read to kids?
Learn what your child gets out of being read to. Then turn the tables and discover what parents get out of reading to their kids. List of Polls Next Poll … [Read more...]
What is your child’s biggest struggle at school?
If your child struggles a bit in certain areas, he or she is not alone! Most children are challenged by one or more aspects of academic life at one point or another. For some, it's learning to read, especially in first grade when the expectations increase for performance. Some will have a hard time … [Read more...]
EARLY MOMENTS POLLS
Where do you stand? Vote in these polls and let your voice be heard! Have an opinion? Share it! Dr. Seuss What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Disney Who is your favorite Disney character? Who is your favorite Disney Princess? Who is your favorite Disney villain? Sesame … [Read more...]
Help Your Child Focus: Decreasing Hyperactivity and Distraction
Our modern, busy lifestyles often lead to an unintended consequence for our kids. Rushing from one activity to another, grabbing less-than-nutritious meals along the way, and spending lots of time on screens and not enough on exercise and sleep can all quickly add up to kids who are scattered, … [Read more...]
Screen Time vs. “Me” Time
Here’s something I’ve realized about myself and parenting: Sometimes, I don’t wanna. Which, y’know, is an inconvenient feeling once you’re a parent, because you kinda lose the option. It's at those times a little voice in my head says I should plop the kids in front of a screen and let them "veg" … [Read more...]
How Screen Time is Affecting Your Child, and What to Do About It
Kids are drawn to screens—whether TV, tablet, phone, or computer—like moths to a flame. And it would be tough to find a parent who hasn’t handed over a screen of some sort to keep their child occupied. Like most things in life, a little is fine; but if your child is spending a chunk of time each day … [Read more...]
How to Improve Your Child’s Attitude Toward Reading
Sometimes children are reluctant to make reading a part of their daily routine, whether it’s because of their frustration with learning new words or the fact that they’re far more tempted by cartoons on TV or games on an electronic device. As a parent, it can be easy to get frustrated, too, but it’s … [Read more...]
How to Judge a Just Right Book for Your Child
As easy as it is to buy a book based on the recommended ages listed on it, sometimes it may not be the most appropriate—not a just right book for your child. Your little one may struggle with the text, or maybe he or she will find the content a bit too challenging to grasp. To help you, we have … [Read more...]