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Is Your Teen in an Abusive Relationship?

Is Your Teen in an Abusive Relationship?

Redefining Teenage Dating Abuse New research gives parents one more reason to do everything they can to protect their children from teenage dating abuse and violence. Reports just released in the journal Pediatrics show that teenagers who are in abusive relationships appear to be more likely to develop emotional and substance abuse issues when they […]

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Get Your Kids Some Boring Books

Get Your Kids Some Boring Books

If your kids see Dolch sight word books they might groan and walk away. These books aren’t loaded with colorful pictures and don’t have super-heroes or cartoon characters throughout the pages. But these “boring” books can be some of the most important books you get your preschooler and kindergartner. What Are Sight Words? Researchers and educators […]

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Education Beyond the Classroom

Education Beyond the Classroom

Online Schools, Blended Schools, and Homeschools – How Will I Ever Decide? It is that time of year again. The Back to School sales have started creeping in among the inflatable pools and 4th of July clearance items. You can almost hear the woosh that the final sounds of summer are making. And that makes […]

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Mom – I Can’t Fall Asleep!

Mom – I Can’t Fall Asleep!

I have 4 kids who have lived a combined total of more than 50 years (yikes!) and I know I’ve probably heard several months worth of “Mom – I can’t fall asleep!”. Some of that has been the result of watching a scary movie with Dad, some of it from worries about the next day, […]

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American Schools – An Envy of Asian Education Officials?

American Schools – An Envy of Asian Education Officials?

Is America the new, world-leading model of education? If you’ve listened to all of the numbers, read the statistics, and believed the reports about American students failing in schools and standardized test scores, you would never think that the American education system is envied by anyone. I wouldn’t have thought so either, until I recently […]

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What Do You Know About Your Own Kids?

What Do You Know About Your Own Kids?

Why Discovering Their True Selves Helps Them Become Their Best Selves Yesterday I shared a little bit about how our family is using ideas in The Smart Parenting Revolution, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. when it comes to helping our kids (and ourselves) recognize individual strengths and work toward interdependence. These ideas can’t come to action, […]

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Changing the Way You Pay Attention to Your Child

Changing the Way You Pay Attention to Your Child

Why Focusing on the Good Brings Out the Good If you’re a parent, grandparent, or even just live in a community with children (yes – pretty much everyone), take the time to read The Smart Parenting Revolution, by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. Rarely do I fell this connected to a book, but this one strikes a […]

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Is Your Child Really Shy?

Is Your Child Really Shy?

Why She Might Be an Introvert or HSP I know, I know. How many psychologically construed ways can we describe our children and what we all probably perceive to be as “shy” behavior? The difference, I’m learning, is almost much more about how we react to our children when we understand what makes them tick. […]

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Are Boys Naturally Competitive?

Are Boys Naturally Competitive?

The Roles of Nature and Nurture in Competition If my own microcosm experience of raising 3 sons and a daughter isn’t enough indication for me, recent research shows that there is a distinct gender gap between the competitiveness boys and girls demonstrate as early as three years of age. In Gender Differences in Competition Emerge Early […]

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Do Kids Need Summer Vacation?

Do Kids Need Summer Vacation?

You can practically hear kids groaning in low murmurs across the countryside at the mere mention of year-round education. In increasing trends, schools are looking to year-round school schedules for various reasons. The debate, however, still rages over the effectiveness of these proposed changes to the typical and long-standing education schedules where kids skip and […]

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