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Ways Kids Can Share During the Holiday Season

by Tania Cowling December 25th, 2013| Elementary, Social
The holiday season is a perfect time to help children show they care about their world and the people they love. It’s also the time when kids think of fun and getting presents. Raising three children, I felt it’s never too early to teach them about caring and giving
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Safety Training at Home

by Ronald A. Rowe December 18th, 2013| Elementary, Safety
Virtually all parents are concerned about the safety of their elementary-age children but few know what to do about it. Worrying doesn’t do much to keep our children safe. Despite the fervent wishes of more than a few moms that I know, we cannot wrap our children in bubble
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How to Survive Your Tween’s School Projects

by Tania Cowling December 12th, 2013| School, Tweens
School projects can be overwhelming to students and even parents. Teachers are looking for creative ideas, but don’t always present necessary instructions. Then tweens may want to present a huge project of their dreams and not have a clue how to begin. This is where parents come into play.

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Taming Holiday Stress

by Lori Sciame December 11th, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
It's not just infants that experience stress during the holidays; older children also succumb to stress this time of  year.  Imagine the following scenario.  Parents of a 7-year-old child throw rules out the window for four days each year.  After all, a visit to grandma's house 1,000 miles away
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Dressing for Middle School

by Ronald A. Rowe December 5th, 2013| Social, Tweens
Our family stumbled into a new parenting quandary this year. Up until now, our boys have gone to schools that required school uniforms. There was never any pressure to dress a certain way or to keep up with the Joneses since everyone dressed exactly the same. This year, with
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Has Your Child Written to Santa Yet?

by Margot F. December 4th, 2013| Elementary, School
Has your child written a letter to Santa yet? Yes, it is that time of year when everyone rushes around looking for the perfect gift, attends school concerts and plans the family dinner on top of all the other tasks in the day. How can there be time to
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Parenting Hack: When Nothing Works

by Ronald A. Rowe November 22nd, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
With all the influences competing for our children’s attention and all the dangers lurking out there in the world it has never been harder to be a parent than it is right now. With all the resources available and the massive amounts of information at the click of a
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Old Safety Rules Still Apply

by Lori Sciame November 12th, 2013| Elementary, Safety, Safety
I have vivid memories of being kept safe by following a set of specific rules as a child.  My dad had made it his mission to protect me from every potential hazard, from stranger danger to fire hazards.  Even though times have changed dramatically since my own childhood, some
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Tween Bullying Over Social Media

by T Akery October 28th, 2013| Safety, Tweens
It is always disturbing to read about the death of a tween to suicide from bullying. The death of Rebecca Sedwick  in the news last week was about this very thing. But there are some real lessons for parents to learn from this tragedy. There is a lot


by Ronald A. Rowe October 25th, 2013| Elementary, School
Since the atrocious events in the Bartow, FL bullying-suicide case have gotten national attention this week, every parent's thoughts have turn to the topic of bullying. It is hard for most of us to imagine a case as severe as the one that took place in Florida, yet if
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For the Love of Tweens

by Lori Sciame October 23rd, 2013| Social, Tweens
By the time children hit the tween years, they begin to value social relationships more than when they were little.  No longer is mom or dad the most important influence in their lives.  Instead, friends become their preferred companions.

At least that's what many parents of tweens believe to be
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A Unique Gem: The Introvert

by Lori Sciame October 14th, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
The little girl sits in her desk at school concentrating her math worksheet.  This behavior is not new, as she always cooperates; most of the time she's the first one in her seat in the morning, the first one to come in from recess, and the first one to