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From Spiderman to Mom: How Kids Choose Heroes

How to talk about role models

Talking to Kids About Heroes: Tips for Parents

Children see in heroes what they yearn to see in themselves: the ability to overcome weaknesses, fear, or insecurity, and be brave, courageous, and kind.

In our media culture, it's very easy for children to confuse celebrities with heroes. Parents need to help kids identify inspiring role models, without judging or condemning their choices. Here are some tips:

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Whose Homework Is It, Anyway?

Whose Homework Is It, Anyway?

Homework may be hard to handle for kids, and it certainly is for grownups. We all want our kids to do well, and it's often hard to take the long view, let the child figure it out, and avoid rescuing her. In other words, parents tend to help (or even do) their children's homework in a misguided effort to help them succeed in school. In their book, 7 Strategies for Developing Capable* Students: *Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful, H. Stephen Glenn and Michael L.

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Occupational Therapy and Your Child

Occupational Therapy and Your Child

While you may be a little bit anxious about how your child will handle therapy, rest assured: most kids adore OT. Even older kids who don't want to do anything their friends aren't doing usually enjoy the sessions and the way they make them feel.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

PTOs and School Fundraising

PTOs and School Fundraising

The first week of school, the new and firm backpack is always stuffed with notes. Pickup times, orders for chocolate, 1% or whole milk, a list of teacher expectations. But I feel it in the air. It's about to happen....

Fundraising
The second week. There it is. The big sign on the big blue doors. "Wrapping paper fund drive begins September 15th!" The money drive begins. Each year I am ambivalent. Should I give or not? How much? How often?

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Education Reform: How Will it Affect Your Child?

Education Reform: How Will it Affect Your Child?

It's not easy getting a handle on education reform. For one thing, the term means different things to different people. For another, it impacts students differently from one state, city, or school to the next. Given those limitations, what can parents expect to see happening as education reform takes hold?

Most students will have more time in school, more testing, and more choices.

Making it last

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Updated: August 19, 2020

How to Make Homeschooling Less Stressful

How to make homeschooling less stressful

Homeschooling can be stressful for the entire family, but it doesn’t have to be. Now that schools in many states have shut down, parents all over the nation have become their children’s teachers and many have never done anything like this before. Diving into something new and unfamiliar is bound to cause some level of anxiety, but there are a few things parents can do to make crisis homeschooling less straining on everyone in the family.

by: Jerome J. Schultz,Ph.D.

The Grieving Process

The Grieving Process

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Schools understand that parents are at different stages in terms of their understanding and acceptance of a child's disability and their ability or willingness to work cooperatively with the school.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Homeschooling on a Budget

Homeschooling on a Budget

You Really Can Do It
Most parents believe educating their children is an expensive proposition. According to The Homeschooling Book of Answers, public schools spend nearly $7,000 per pupil per year. What if I told you there were families providing an excellent education for their homeschooled child for $50 per year? And even for those of us who splurge on a few beautiful books occasionally, we can easily manage to keep our total expenses under $200 a year. Sound impossible? Here's how:

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by: Robin Glenn

How to Help Your Kids' Emotional Development During a Pandemic

Emotional Development During Pandemic

Kids worldwide aren’t just missing out on birthdays and social events, they’re also missing key developmental experiences. With social interactions at an all-time low, kids have less exposure to their friends, teachers, and in some cases, their loved ones, including parents.

More: 5 Ways Kids Can Stay Connected and Social While Social Distancing

Updated: August 11, 2020

5 Phrases to Say to Your Anxious Child About Schools Reopening

5 phrases you can say to anxious kids about going back to school Fall 2020

Back-to-school has never felt so fraught with emotion and uncertainty thanks to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As parents, we feel the swing of sanity as it rests upon surges of fear, hope, and anxiety connected with the news and the reopening plans of schools coming to fruition. None of this is lost upon our children no matter what their ages.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Diabetes and Your Child's School

Diabetes and Your Child's School

If you have a school-aged youngster with type 1 diabetes, you are already educating him or her in ways to live comfortably with the condition. But equally important, you want to be sure that school personnel — teachers, nurse, bus driver, lunchroom workers — are also informed of your child's special health needs.

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Selecting Names for Multiples

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Multiple Fashions

Misnomers

Try to resist the temptation to be cute when it comes to choosing multiple names. Such adorable combinations as Billy and Millie or Rex and Lex may not be appreciated by your little darlings as they grow older.

As can be expected, there are some naming fashions that pertain to naming twins, triplets, quadruplets, and beyond:

  • Alliterative combinations or names that begin with the same letter
by: the Council for Exceptional Children

Classroom Modifications for Students with ADD/ADHD

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Modifications
Is your child struggling in the classroom and not able to stay focused on his schoolwork? Ask your child's teacher if she can try these tips from special education teacher Francisca Jorgensen with your child.

1. Make sure your child has an "advantageous" seating location. This may not always mean placing her in the front and center of the classroom. Her teacher needs to find the most productive "fit" for your child.

2. Provide an individualized, written schedule that your child can refer to when needed.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Are Vegan Diets Safe for Kids?

child eating vegan meal

Following a vegan diet has become a very popular lifestyle choice for many families. Though people may have found it difficult to stick with a vegan lifestyle in the past, things have become much easier for vegans thanks to clearly labeled grocery ingredients and lots of vegan options both at the grocery store and at restaurants. With vegan foods and meals so much more accessible and scientific evidence showing benefits of vegan diets, it’s no wonder why more parents are deciding to raise their children vegan.

Updated: August 5, 2020

Stop the Summer Brain Drain!

Stop the Summer Brain Drain!

Kids Lose One to Three Months of Learning

Did your child's brain shrink last summer? Probably not, but it may have shifted into reverse, according to a study by Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The study found that when students return to school after a long summer vacation, they've lost one to three months worth of learning.

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Why Do People Homeschool?

Lifestyle advantages

  • More efficient use of time. Homeschools use time more efficiently than do institutional schools. The use of time in homeschools is driven the by the educational and other goals for a child rather than by a rigid schedule. Also, homeschools don't use as much of a child's time in administrative and other nonproductive activities. Homeschoolers can usually accomplish more learning in less time than those being educated in institutional schools.

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    Selected National Adoption Agencies

    Selected National Adoption Agencies

    The following national adoption organizations provide information and support on adoption and adoption-related issues. Some specialize in a particular area, such as children with special needs, whereas other organizations provide information on children from specific countries. Some organizations are interested in the adoption of all types of children. Contact the organizations for more information. Note that this list is only a sampling of the many groups that directly or indirectly deal with adoption.

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    Updated: April 2, 2020

    Celebrating Your Child's Birthday While Social Distancing

    make your child's birthday fun during social distancing

    Much of the world has been thrown into lockdowns, told to shelter in place, and instructed to practice social distancing. Even though all of this is out of our control and was totally unpredicted, this is still a disappointing time for a child with a birthday. Of course parties can always be postponed or rescheduled, but if your little one’s birthday falls during this time it is still important to acknowledge and celebrate it.

    Updated: May 15, 2019

    5 Strategies to Support Your Child with LD

    5 Strategies to Support Your Child with LD

    Let's face it: Having a learning disability can be discouraging sometimes. Children don't want to feel "different" from other kids. But on the up side, living with a learning disability shapes your child's personality and can make her a better, stronger person. Children with learning disabilities have to give it their all to be successful; they need their parents to be supportive and patient, and to advocate on their behalf when necessary. Here are the five most imporant things you can do:

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