Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Education Lessons of John Wayne

Character Education Builds Strong Students True grit. I hear that phrase and memories of watching John Wayne (AKA Rooster Cogburn) movies with my father tumble through my mind. But school officials in a few academies across the country have a renewed vision for grit – one that focuses on strong character traits as much (if not [...]

Birth Order Blues

How to Help the Youngest in the Family Thrive I’ll never be better, faster, taller, or smarter. I’ll never get to do something first. If you have more than one child, chances are your youngest one has felt things similar to this at one time or another. It is like working at a company where [...]

Fasten Your Seatbelts

Help Your Teen be a Safe Driver Keep your hands inside the car at all times – parenting teens can be a bumpy ride. This is perhaps never more accurate than when those teens get their driver licenses. Before you go down that driver education road with your teens, help prepare them for the responsibilities that [...]

Fasten Your Seatbelts

Help Your Teen be a Safe Driver Keep your hands inside the car at all times – parenting teens can be a bumpy ride. This is perhaps never more accurate than when those teens get their driver licenses. Before you go down that driver education road with your teens, help prepare them for the responsibilities that [...]

What’s for Dinner?

It is an unavoidable fact: kids are hungry. Almost all of the time – especially those teenagers! Somewhere between school, work, football practice, LEGO league, homework, and laundry, parents all over are trying to find ways to prepare meals for their kids. It might be easier to throw a frozen pizza in the oven, hit the [...]

Save the Last Dance

But Apparently Not for Daughters Sometimes we are so worried about teaching our children about equality and warning them against the evils of discrimination that we forget about common sense. We not only put on kid-friendly gloves, but we sanitize the surroundings and color everything the same shades so that we don’t risk hurting feelings [...]

Avoid Homework Headaches

Help Your Child Build Effective Study Habits Memory Makers It turns out that those fancy concept maps your kids might create – taking notes and studying exclusively from the information, highlighting as they go, isn’t as effective as just thinking about it. Researchers have been looking at the best ways to improve information recall, such [...]

7 Fun Fall Family Activities

Say that 7 times fast, or just get busy on one of the projects below! Fall is a busy time of year with back to school schedules, Friday night football games, and evenings that offer less sunlight. However, families can take advantage of these changes in the season with a few easy, inexpensive fall activities. [...]

The Language of Teens

Learning to Talk (and Listen) to Your Teenager “…don’t worry that your teenager is not always listening – worry that he or she is always watching.” Scary though, right? Our teenagers are primed and ready to learn from us, even when we may not want them to at every moment (hey – even parents have [...]

5 Science Resources for Kids

That Will Make Parents Smile, Too I could hear one child giggle and say, “I don’t think it’s supposed to do that.” Those are the words that can strike fear in the heart of a parent, especially when that parent is me, loading the washing machine, and knowing that the boys were to be completing [...]

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