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Overparenting and Socialization

by Ronald A. Rowe April 9th, 2013| Elementary
I attended an arts and crafts session this week with my first grader and couldn’t help but notice that the rampant overparenting of this generation continues unabated. My son put together the ugliest paper bag puppet in the history of paper bags. It was awful. But he did it.
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Begin Summer Fun Planning!

by Lori Sciame April 2nd, 2013| Elementary
This is the time of year to begin thinking about summer activities for elementary age children. Waiting until the last minute to decide which programs to sign a child up for will lead to one thing -- stress.  Take time now to begin sifting through the multiple options available,
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Do Hard Things

by Ronald A. Rowe March 21st, 2013| Elementary
It is a challenge that nearly all parents face. Your child signs up for an activity -- sports, music, arts -- and things start off swimmingly. You’re convinced that your child has a natural flair for their chosen endeavor and you encourage it to the best of your ability
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The Perils of Projecting

by Ronald A. Rowe March 18th, 2013| Elementary
Projecting is a common challenge for parents, especially fathers.  Projection involves casting our own fears, doubts, hopes, or dreams on our children and expecting them to respond in ways that may not be in their best interest.  There are three distinct kinds of projecting that parents fall into and

Take an Elementary Student to High School

by Lori Sciame March 7th, 2013| Elementary
Looking for free or reasonably priced activities that an elementary aged child will enjoy?  I have just the place - local high schools.  From hosting community meals to holding sporting events to putting on musicals and plays, high schools provide seemingly endless opportunities for wholesome family fun. In addition,
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The Argument Against Homeschooling

by Ronald A. Rowe March 1st, 2013| Elementary
Anyone interested in homeschooling will find dozens, probably hundreds, of easily accessible sites touting the merits of teaching your own children at home.  In many religious circles, homeschooling is viewed as the “right” choice while public schools are a cop out for parents who are allowing someone else to
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Kids and Careers

by Ronald A. Rowe February 15th, 2013| Elementary
I read the results of two unrelated studies this week. One surveyed working Americans of all ages and economic levels. The results indicated the 85% of Americans hate their jobs. HATE. The other asked Americans at retirement age about their greatest regret in life. The #1 response was not
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Love Is in the Air

by Lori Sciame February 4th, 2013| Elementary
Very soon children in the United States will begin gearing up for Valentine's Day if they haven't done so already.  There are cards to buy, candy to select, and projects to make in art class.  What parent doesn't remember his or her own Valentine's Day experiences from elementary school? 
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Winter Jam 2013

by Ronald A. Rowe January 18th, 2013| Elementary
One of the side effects of being a so called "expert" in any subject area is that friends and acquaintances often ask your advice. The subject that has come up frequently in the last few days, since I just returned from Winter Jam 2013 in Tampa, FL,
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Snow and Ice Activities for Kids

by Lori Sciame January 8th, 2013| Elementary, Safety
Since 1980, the number of obese children in the United States has tripled.  To better understand this statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), look at it this way -- over 12 million children in the U.S. carry the  burden of unwanted pounds.  As

National Tragedy

by Ronald A. Rowe December 19th, 2012| Elementary
The unthinkable tragedy that hit Newtown, Connecticut last week has no rational explanation, no silver lining, and no moral. It’s senseless and horrible and painful for everyone touched by it it. As parents of elementary children, we will be faced with the challenge of if, when, and how to

Dealing With Newtown, Connecticut’s Tragedy

by T Akery December 18th, 2012| Elementary
Emotionally, this is probably my most difficult article to write. The tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, really made no sense. There are no words to describe this tragedy. One lone gunman turned a parent's hope into a parent's worst nightmare.

At this point, all we can do is grieve with the