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Keeping Kids Calm and Engaged While Stuck at Home

  • March 29, 2020

During these challenging times, children and teens require a sense of consistency and normalcy. With the disruption of daily routine, everyone has been experiencing that “out of sorts” feelings while trying to figure out their new normal.  So, how do you keep the kids calm, engaged, and active when you’re stuck indefinitely at home?

Improving Communication with your Teen: Active Listening Tools

  • January 20, 2020

As teenagers start to develop, they often push their parents away as a technique to foster independence. It’s not personal. Though, for a parent, it may feel as if it is! However, it’s during adolescence that your child needs you the most.

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Beating Test-Stress – Strategies to equip your Teen for Test-Taking Success!

  • October 30, 2019

Who among us doesn’t remember the stress associated with taking tests in school!  Teens today are tested on everything from academic content, standardized tests, and even driving.  Surprisingly, feeling a bit of stress before a test is actually a good thing. That extra kick of adrenaline improves recall, focus, productivity and speed. It helps the […]

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Stress Relievers For Finals Week

  • December 16, 2018

Finals week looms large in the minds of high school students, and stress levels often soar as the semester comes to a close.  Students work hard to manage the pressure of performing on cumulative exams and completing end of term projects.  Anxiety may rise for high achievers who want to perform their best, as well […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]