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Other Special Needs Diagnoses Selective Mutism
Get What You Deserve Out of College
"Take the first semester seriously. Some students do not and find it difficult to then rebound their academic readiness as well as GPAs during subsequent semesters."
Associate Director, Office of Admissions, Purdue University
"If I hadn't gone to all of my Shakespeare lectures even though some of them were a bit dull I would have never known that the prof was obsessed with us quoting the texts in our term papers."
Recent Grad, Wesleyan University
As parents, we are in unprecedented times right now as we tackle both working from home and guiding our children through their remote learning journeys. Not to mention that we are doing this in a time of crisis as we face the COVID-19 global pandemic. If you’re not used to working from home, that alone would be stressful during normal times. If you’ve never homeschooled, this alone would be challenging.
How to Use Art Materials
To explore the power of creativity, children need clear boundaries and good organization in the studio. A safe context allows them to enter the deep mystery of the unknown. Adults should be aware of how children are painting and help them use art materials in the most efficient way. They may have to repeat instructions time after time, until children have integrated them into their practice.
The Joy of Spontaneous Expression
Children need to stop worrying about what they do. The pressure of doing it right can take over and prevent them from being creative.
In this article, you will find:
- Charter schools are on the rise
- Why are charter schools controversial?
Is a Charter School Right for Your Child?As of 2010, more than 5,000 charter schools have popped up in communities across the U.S. They are becoming a popular option for parents seeking an alternative to traditional public schools without the price tag of a private education.
While charter schools are on the rise, there are not enough to keep up with parent demand. In 2010, the number of charter schools in the U.S. grew by 9 percent, serving more than 1.7 million students, according to the Center for Education Reform.
Homeschooling Two or More Children
If you're new to homeschooling, or if you have a second child on the way, you may find the prospect of teaching more than one child daunting. You may wonder, "How will I keep both kids on task? How will I keep my toddler busy when I'm working with my older child? And how will I stop them from spending every waking moment fighting with each other?"
Teaching Your Child to Protect Himself
If you hit your child apologize as soon as possible. Explain that you lost your temper and admit that that's no excuse. Acknowledge that you have no right to hit him. Make it understood that you're sorry and will try never to do it again. If you hit your child regularly, seek professional help. The damage you're inflicting can hurt him for a long time.
When the stomach flu strikes your home, there's usually an overwhelming feeling of panic, dread, and uncertainty. When my son had the stomach flu for the first time, I remember feeling unprepared and worried, but rest assured that you will get through this! Take comfort in knowing that there are several at-home remedies and tips that will help ease the symptoms, all while keeping your child a bit more comfortable.
Hydration & Food
Your Teen's Doctor
When it comes to your teen's medical care, you have one very specific job: to let your teen gradually take charge of his or her own health and to eventually disappear from the examining room. But first there are a few issues to tend to.
Is your current doctor appropriate for your teen? Whether you remain with the doctor who has been seeing your child (most likely a pediatrician), really depends on personality.
Teenagers are often loud, stubborn, angsty, and insecure. Every parent remembers the painful worries that creep in as you make the leap from kid to young adult. Teenagers are always worried. There’s a fear of being judged by their friends, of trying to date or flunking your classes, and not getting into a top university.
Teach Kids About Giving to Charity
Piggybank on It
If the dollar amount that's appropriate for your child to spend seems too little to buy what he might consider to be a decent present, suggest that your child pool his funds with a sibling (when it's a gift for you) or a friend (when it's a gift for another friend). Just make sure that the joint gift-givers agree on what the present should be.
Seven Accommodations for the Test Environment
>Here's a list of simple classroom accommodations you and your child's teacher can work together to put in place.
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Build a Birdhouse
When building birdhouses, one size definitely does NOT fit all. Know which birds are common to your area and find plans for a house that will suit the birds you wish to attract to your yard.
Paints, varnishes, and polyurethane come in various types; each leaves a different finished look. Matte finish dries somewhat dull, semi-gloss (also called a satin finish) is slightly shiny, and gloss finish is very shiny.
Finding a Good Boyfriend
The teenage world is filled with all kinds of boys; some are frogs, but the majority of them—around 75 percent—are perfect princes. These princes do not ride up to your daughter's door in a coach and whisk her off to a ball in a castle, but they are special boys, just as your girl is a special girl. They are usually the boys she knows from school, her neighborhood, or her house of worship.
Finding the Right Babysitter
When you need to take a break, how do you find someone to temporarily take care of your children? If your extended family is scattered across the country, you can no longer count on droppingthe children off with grandma or other relatives for a few hours. Increasingly, you'll have to look outside the family for occasional childcare. This task can be daunting.
How do you go about finding a reliable babysitter? How do you know that the sitter is right for your children?
When a married couple walks down the aisle, physically or metaphorically, on their wedding day, divorce and separation are the furthest thoughts from their minds. Your wedding day is one of happy beginnings and hopes for life-long togetherness. The unfortunate truth, however, is that many marriages do end in divorce. People change, grow, develop new interests, or take career paths that lead them in a direction they never imagined. And while none of these are excuses for divorce, they are often part of the cause.
Enjoying Music with the Whole Family
Even if you don't sit in with a little jazz combo on Friday nights, you can still be part of the music scene. How? By making music part of your family life. And family-style music can produce big rewards from very modest efforts.
Musical activities not only enrich family life, they actually help children develop cognitive skills, such as language ability, mathematics, spatial reasoning and problem solving.
TTC? First off, you may be thinking, what does ttc mean? I remember googling those three little letters when my husband and I were talking about starting a family. I was the woman who would see a baby and get a twinge in my belly telling me to join the club. A baby brings an immeasurable amount of joy and happiness, but also stress, sleep-deprivation, and changes that last forever. I'd like to share my top five things to consider before trying to conceive.
While times are challenging and the future remains uncertain, quarantine has helped all of us learn to make the most of the present moment. It’s given us the opportunity to step back and reflect on all the things that really matter, large or small. Now, we all know this will be a summer unlike anything we've experienced before. The question is: How can we all make the most of it anyway?
Talking With Teens About Threats to Their Safety
You've heard through the parent grapevine that a student in your 15-year-old daughter's school has been making violent threats. Over dinner you eye your daughter speculatively, wondering how to bring it up. "I hear some scary things have been happening at school," you begin. Your daughter rolls her eyes and says, "That's so not true... I'm not even going to talk to you about it, Mom. You always make such a big deal." She pushes her plate back abruptly and says, "I gotta study."
Now that we’re going to be home for a while, trying to find new things for your kids to watch can be a challenge. We all know kids love watching the same things over and over as it is. But sometimes we can convince them to watch something else. And when you can, why not introduce them to a movie from your own childhood?