Viewing: November, 2015

Children’s Gifts

By on November 29, 2015

The holiday season is a time of celebration and joy, but it is also the time of year when we all focus on gifts. Let’s forget about material gifts for a moment, and think about the gifts that our children

Some Gifts are Hard to Unwrap

By on November 29, 2015

All children have gifts – although some of the gifts can be hard to find and hard to express. Parents can start by loving the child they were given. He may not be a rocket scientist and she might not

Children and the Holidays

By on November 29, 2015

Here we are again, in the middle of another holiday season. Some of us cruise through the holidays, and others succumb to the stress and the never-ending parade of events and obligations. We’ve all been thinking about gifts, decorations, family

Classic Gifts for Children and Families

By on November 22, 2015

It’s the holiday season, and gift-giving is at full throttle. Kids are making their lists and checking them twice. What is a parent to do? There’s plenty of advice out there about setting a budget, planning ahead, and sticking to

Why We Should be Thankful for Public Schools

By on November 22, 2015

Why has American democracy been so successful?  Why is America the Land of Opportunity for people all over the world?  Because the American people established and supported free, universal public education!  The road hasn’t been straight, and the journey has

Motivation and Praise

By on November 22, 2015

At a time of year when we’re all thinking about counting our blessings, giving gifts, and making resolutions, it’s appropriate to think about how we praise our children and what that means for their motivation and their achievement. Modern American

High-Functioning Autism: Question and Answer

By on November 8, 2015

“Do you have any advice for a parent of a child who has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism? How about advice to help her to navigate through 4 teachers in the 4th grade??” Thanks for your question – it’s an

Sexual Content in High School Classes: Question and Answer

By on November 8, 2015

“Since my son has been in high school, he has been upset by the sexual content in the assigned reading and discussions in his English and Social Studies classes. Now the film studies teacher has announced that there might be

Strengths and Challenges, Motivators and Consequences: An Action Plan

By on November 8, 2015

Teachers and parents have different perspectives on children, and these differences can make it difficult to work together as partners. Teachers compare children to others at the same grade level, while parents focus on individual strengths and challenges. Both perspectives

Parent/Teacher Conferences

By on November 1, 2015

Parent/teacher conferences are a powerful tool in establishing open lines of communication between parents and teachers. Open communication and joint problem-solving are the keys to a strong partnership between home and school. Here are three typical reasons for a conference,