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When is it Safe to Move to the Front Seat?

by Ronald A. Rowe November 26th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
child car seat (400x400)Car safety is an important consideration with any child.  Car seats are recommended for children up to age 8.  The biggest problem that we encountered with enforcing this rule was that so many of our children’s friends were allowed to ditch the seat early.  We’ve all had the “All my friends are doing it; why can’t I?” argument at one time or another.  It’s a standard part of the parent-child relationship.

Somehow it was a little more difficult than usual.  With both our sons their was a deep sense of disappointment when their friends were freed from the confinement of
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Calm Down, Dear: ADHD or Not?

by Lori Sciame November 19th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
child in classroom (400x400)An elementary school teacher recently related that many of his students seem to be hyped up.  They jump up from their seats at the wrong times, they blurt out the answer before the question is completed, and they have trouble waiting their turn.  What's going on?  Is there something seriously wrong with these children, or do they just need guidance from their parents?

Sources state that Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the rise in the United States.  For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, "the percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase,
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Questions, Questions

by Ronald A. Rowe November 12th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
student in class (400x400)My family and I recently moved to a new part of the country, and with that, there have been many changes. One of the most crucial ones was choosing a new school for our eight year old son. There were many things we were looking for since he came from such a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) School, and wanted to make sure that there was continuity. After going through the process which required quite a bit of research, we feel we made the right choice.   One of the primary considerations was the student-teacher ratio.

You really have
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Three Causes of Behavior Change

by Lori Sciame October 22nd, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
boy-477010_1280When a child's behavior suddenly changes, it can be a tumultuous time.  A previously sweet, outgoing young boy becomes sullen - barely leaving his room, or a smart, interested girl suddenly seems angry all the time.  What accounts for these sudden changes?  Let's explore three possibilities.

1.  Sexual Abuse

No parent wants to believe his or her child has become a victim of sexual abuse, but it happens -- all too often.  Even if a parent works diligently to protect his child from sexual predators, they may still be lurking.

Consider these statistics from the United States Department of Justice:

  • As many as
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How to Juggle After School Activities

by Margot F. October 15th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
Child choir competition-2With school in session, many parents are interested in signing their child up for extra-curricular activities. Given everyone’s busy schedule, how do parents juggle working, childcare and after school activities?

Organization is important. Children at any age can help manage their own schedules.

In Kindergarten, printing a monthly calendar which is put in the child’s room helps the child know when they are in school or staying home for the weekend. Because most five- and six-year-olds cannot read yet, it is helpful to use picture symbols for “school” and “home”. As reading ability improves, the symbols can be replaced with the
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How to Start a Successful Kid-Focused Business

by Editorial Team October 13th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary
party hatDo you still feel like a big kid even though you're an adult? And do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a genuine love of business? Then you can be your own boss by starting up your own kid-focused business. With so many successful companies out there catering to the needs and wants of kids of all ages, from babies to teens, there's a niche out there for everyone.

Continue reading for a few tips on how to start a successful kid-focused business of your own.

Choose a Niche

The first step is determining your niche and your demographic. Will you be
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Elementary Safety & the Enterovirus

by Ronald A. Rowe October 1st, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
district-210976_1280Enterovirus 68 is sweeping its way across the USA.  While Enterovirus is a legitimate threat, there has been some hysteria and misinformation surrounding the current outbreak.  With so many, often contradictory, stories floating about, how can we keep our children (and ourselves) safe from the enterovirus?  In order to sort the fact from the fiction, here are some straight truths about the disease.

While it has been often reported that “thousands” of children have been sickened by the disease -- and that may or may not yet prove to be true -- so far there are only 160 cases confirmed
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Common Behavior Problems Solved

by Lori Sciame September 24th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
boy-183306_1280Kids will be kids. They are not perfect beings, ones that always behave; therefore, parents must realize every child will misbehave in school or at home at one time or another.  Yet, if there are constant behavioral problems -- repeated time and time again, it's certainly appropriate to take action.  Remember, a child can't learn if he or she spends too much time in the principal's office!

Off Color Language

A elementary aged child may begin to use inappropriate language.  Sometimes this is an attempt to test boundaries or to gain attention.  This behavior should be curtailed as soon as possible.
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Third Grade, Who Knew?

by Jennifer S. Rowe September 17th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
file791271781089Well, parents, here we are again, another summer behind us and the new school year, right here, right now! Wow, time really does fly by, and if you have elementary age kids, there can be a number of things to juggle at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year.

I happen to have a wonderful and energetic eight-year-old in the first few weeks of the third grade and to be honest, we got off to a fairly rough start! Right around a week before classes started, I began to notice my son’s attitude change, and not for the
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