Middle School

Taming Middle School Madness: Getting Your Child Off to the Right Start

  • August 21, 2018

As September draws near, the lazy days of summer and joys of vacations and summer camps will soon be replaced with tweens and teens needing to manage the academic demands of middle school. This means balancing time with friends, extracurricular teams and activities, and schoolwork. Yes, schoolwork! Children everywhere are anticipating long hours of homework […]

Reducing Stress in Children and Teens: Tips for Parents

  • April 15, 2018

Parents don’t have to look far to see that their children are impacted by both academic and social pressures.  By some indications, teens now report even more stress than adults.  As curricula become more rigorous and testing more high-stakes, the pressure to succeed academically weighs heavily on students at increasingly younger ages.  Meanwhile, students are […]

Child Using Technology

Children and Screen Time: Finding A Practical Balance

  • January 16, 2018

Parents face the daily struggle of managing time spent by their children using technology.  This is so prolific that even Apple is being pushed to develop tools to respond to smartphone addiction in youth.  But the idea of simply “limiting screen time” is impractical given that children, like adults, now use technology for a significant […]

Sibling conflict

Five Strategies to Mitigate Sibling Conflict

  • December 2, 2017

Winter break is a time for family fun. Parents set expectations high for that perfect family vacation at the beach, on the slopes, visiting new places, or enjoying a stay-cation. Along with your dreams of your perfect family vacation, there needs to also be an expectation for sibling conflict. Sibling conflict is a natural part […]

Parent-Teacher Conferences…10 Ways to Make the Most of the Moment

  • November 30, 2017

Research has shown that parent involvement in school is the most important factor in determining a child’s success. No matter how old your child is, you matter! Parent interest and participation in schooling conveys the message to your child that school is important and that you care about his or her progress. It is natural […]

Family Reading

Six Secrets That Foster Enthusiastic Learning

  • November 13, 2017

Children acquire information through natural experiences and directed learning in school. When encouraged, children develop the belief that they can be successful, apply themselves, and enjoy the discovery process. Research routinely concludes that there is a positive correlation between family involvement and student success. Parental attitudes influence student motivation, self-concept, and school achievement. In other […]

Keep calm and do your homework

Helping Your Child Manage Homework Time

  • October 15, 2017

For school-age children, academic learning rarely stops when the bell rings at the end of the school day.  This means that parents face the challenge of helping children manage their homework time.  The following tips can help you navigate homework management to make the process as smooth as it can be for you and your […]

Kindergarten

Ready, Set, Let’s Go to Kindergarten!

  • August 3, 2017

September means backpacks, books, and back to school for kids. Four and five-year-old children may have attended preschool but this is their initial venture to “big kid” school. This may include a larger building, a first ride on a school bus, a longer school day, a new teacher, and meeting new children. Kindergarten is a […]