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Reward Positive Behavior

Reward Positive Behavior

Rewarding your child when he has done a good job, made progress on a tough problem, or achieved something he's worked for is a great way to accentuate positive behavior (and prevent problem behavior, too). A rewarded child learns, “When I do well, I'm appreciated and rewarded.”

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by: Dr. Kyle Pruett

Tips for Avoiding Parent-Teacher Conflicts

Tips for Avoiding Parent-Teacher Conflicts

With over twenty years of experience as a teacher and a school administrator, Dr. Kyle Pruett knows a thing or two about parent-teacher conflicts. Here are some ideas for parents to help them avoid the pitfalls.

  • Expect that your child's teacher knows what he or she is doing and that your child faces something worth anticipating. Odds are he or she does and this will help your child be open to a good connection. Cynicism is its own reward.

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The Right Way to Help with Homework

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The Right Way to Help with Homework

For science class, Olivia had a month to make something creative using recyclables. She spent her time watching TV while her dad built a life-size prototype of the NASA space shuttle for her using egg crates, bubble wrap, and Chinese take-out boxes.

If Olivia's in first, second, or third grade, don't do her dirty work night after night. Give her the homework support she needs without enrolling yourself in the primary grades again.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Create a Strategy for Test Review

Create a Strategy for Test Review

When I was a student, I can't tell you how many times I showed up to school and was surprised by a test. Sometimes, I had no idea there was a test that day, or thought it was a quiz when it was a final, or studied the wrong chapters. Many children find themselves in this same situation because teachers and parents assumed that their kids know what's going to be on a test, where to find that information, and how to study for it.

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Updated: April 19, 2022

8 Reasons Why All Parents Should Take a Kid-Free Vacation

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Most parents probably spend a few moments fantasizing about a kids-free vacation every week. It may happen when your child is popping out of bed after you’ve already said goodnight five times or when you’re facing mounds of child-sized laundry or when you’re telling your kids to stop arguing with each other for the tenth time that day. Those moments of fantasy are as much a part of parenthood as dirty diapers and boxed mac and cheese. 

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"But Mom, All My Friends Have One!"

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"But Mom, All My Friends Have One!"

While kids and teens are under tremendous pressure to acquire all those tempting toys and gadgets available, parents are under equally tremendous pressure to buy for them. Studies show that kids are typically exposed to 360,000 ads by the time they graduate from high school.

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Kindergarten Prep: Respect

Kindergarten Prep: Respect

Personal responsibility also involves the concept of respect—respect for others, respect for things, and self-respect.

What Your Child Should Know

Your child should know:

  • That it is important to demonstrate respect for others and the property of others
  • How her actions demonstrate a sense of respect

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Updated: May 15, 2019

The Core Knowledge Curriculum

The Core Knowledge Curriculum

It was first tested in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1990. Based on the premise that a shared body of common knowledge is crucial for citizens of a democracy, "core knowledge" has gone from a philosophy to a growing phenomenon that has revolutionized over 350 schools across the country.

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Updated: March 26, 2020

Introducing The Prepared Parent

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You probably never thought you would be a teacher (especially for your own kids), but that’s the reality for many of us right now. This unprecedented epidemic has turned all of our lives upside down, and for the first time ever you may find yourself making lesson plans, looking for math worksheets, and wondering why your kids won’t do the homework. Oh, and you are also trying to work from home, shower (or at least dry shampoo), get dinner on the table, and maintain a normal schedule (we’ve got tips for that here).

Building Your Daughter's Confidence

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Building Your Daughter's Confidence

Whatever your concerns are about your daughter or your relationship with her, helping her to be more self-confident will go a long way toward facilitating her success. Girls who feel competent can cope with life's stresses better than those who think they are inept. Self-assurance also allows girls to take the risks necessary to learn and grow.
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by: Kristine Petterson

Parenting Mindfully When Life Spirals Out of Control

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My yoga teacher Tiffany Wood loves to say, “You may not be in control of every situation, but you can always take charge.” It took time for this teaching to sink in, and becoming a mother gave me a whole new perspective on being out of control. Parents are handed a tiny human with their own agenda and pretty strong opinions out of the gate. It’s physically and emotionally exhausting and it only gets harder when your child is old enough to look you in the eye and shout, “NO!”

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How to Handle Teacher Conferences

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How to Handle Teacher Conferences

James struts with a downbeat on the first note, low-slung jeans and baggy T-shirt framing his angular adolescent form. If he isn't downloading music on the computer, he's instant messaging his girlfriend about Friday on Monday night. Unfortunately, his freshman report cards don't reflect his percentage of coolness achieved.

Unlike some elementary and middle schools which schedule parent-teacher conferences after every marking period, many high schools schedule only one per year.

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Managing Documents Under IDEA, Part II

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Managing Documents Under IDEA, Part II

In Part One of Managing Documents Under IDEA, special education lawyer, Robert Crabtree, tells you what documents you should keep and why. Here, he goes over guidelines for the documents you should create, and those you should keep for hearings under IDEA.

What Documents Should You Create?

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Family Meetings

Family Meetings

How does all this happen? You're leading busy lives—what family isn't? Few of us are used to sitting down together and working on lists of values, rules, and goals. First, don't try to do it all at once! Schedule a few sessions to do it.

A good place to write your family value statement and define your family's rules is during a family meeting.

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Updated: May 19, 2020

A Teacher Shares the 5 Steps That Homeschooling Parents Need to Take to Make Distance Learning Work

5 tips for homeschooling parents from a teacher who did it herself

I never planned to homeschool, and I know I am not alone. Like many parents across the country, taking on the responsibility of teaching my kids wasn’t optional. I was a middle and high school English teacher for eight years, and I have a MA in English Education. When COVID-19 shut down our schools, I thought: I’ve got this.

Boy, was I wrong.

Updated: December 2, 2021

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How to Handle an Attention-Seeking Child

Attention Seeking Behaviors

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A 3-year-old appears happy to have a new little one in the house, but the sudden increase in temper tantrums tells a different story. A ten-year-old feels resentful of her older sister's academic success and the praise she receives for it and begins misbehaving, slamming doors and screaming at her parents.

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