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Parental Rights and Responsibilities

by Ronald A. Rowe April 16th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
school-73497_640Our world increasingly embraces the role of government in the duties of raising our children. Examples abound of parents abdicating their responsibilities one inch at a time and institutions usurping them as quickly as possible. There’s the school in Chicago that's banning home packed lunches, instead forcing children to purchase and eat only the food approved and supplied by the school district. The theory being that parents may pack unhealthy lunches but the all-knowing school district is better suited to identify the nutritional needs of each student and provide for them. This is, of course, nonsense.

Then there's the teacher
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I Have Nothing to Wear to School

by Tania Cowling April 10th, 2014 | Big Kids, School, Tweens
clothes shoppingHow many times have you heard this statement from your Tween? It’s been an issue too many times in my home, mostly with my daughter. The boys were happy with a few special shirts and jeans, but my daughter kept moaning that she was a total outcast because she didn’t have the “in” clothes like the other girls had. What’s a parent to do? The first, and maybe most important step in dealing with this situation, is to acknowledge your Tween’s feelings. Yes, I know as a parent that we sometimes view these feelings as trivial or over dramatic.
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Patience, My Dear

by Lori Sciame April 9th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
waitingOver the past 100 years, expectations of a child have changed dramatically.  Long ago, children needed to entertain themselves for hours at time with simple items, such as jacks or a jump rope.  Now they demand to be entertained with TV, computers, and hand held games.  In addition, children in the "old days" tended to be seen, but not heard, in places such as church and at grandma's house.

In essence, parents (and society) used to teach children how to be patient, whereas youngsters today tend to lack this important skill.  I'm not advocating for forced compliance, but I do
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How Safe? Your Child’s Food & Water

by Lori Sciame April 8th, 2014 | Little Ones, Preschool, Safety
boy at pumpFood and water provide the necessary nutrients for your preschooler to remain healthy and active.  Just like a car needs the right gasoline to perform effectively, a child needs the correct "fuel" to be able to tackle the business of living!  Parents, then, must monitor more than just vitamin content and calories when feeding a preschooler.  They must be vigilant about food and drinking water safety.

A common problem is improper food storage.  To put it simply, keeping food at the correct temperature will help prevent a child from becoming ill.

This becomes even more important once warm weather arrives.  Family
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How to Choose a Tutor

by Margot F. April 2nd, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAre you concerned about your child’s academic progress? Would hiring a tutor be helpful? How do you find a tutor? What issues should you consider?

Firstly, decide why you want to hire a tutor. Are you concerned about remediation or maintenance? “Remediation” concentrates on addressing specific gaps in learning, usually reading, math or writing. As skill development improves, the tutor will broaden the areas that need to be strengthened. For example, a tutor specializing in reading will initially spend time on decoding then move onto spelling and writing.

“Maintenance” refers to helping a student adjust to a new academic environment. For
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Hot Topic – Guns

by Lori Sciame March 27th, 2014 | Big Kids, Safety, Tweens
gun muralMy husband recently retired after serving as a police officer for 33 years.  His daily practice the minute he arrived home: unload the bullets from his gun, lock the gun and the bullets in separate holders, then place each on a separate (high) shelf in the closet.  Never once did he waver in this ritual.  Never once did he leave the gun hanging from his belt when at home, and he certainly never left it loaded on a table.

Unfortunately, many parents/guardians of tweens have chosen to do just that...leave a loaded gun within easy reach of family members.  Of
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Night Terrors

by Ronald A. Rowe March 19th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
night windowWe spend a lot of time here at Your Parenting Info discussing how to keep our elementary-age children safe from all manner of harm out there in the world. Today’s kids face stranger danger, bullying, peer pressure, sports and play injuries, contaminated food and water, poor role models, and so much more on a daily basis. But some dangers exist only in the child’s own mind. Ghosts, goblins, zombies, and assorted bogey-men can bedevil our children nearly as much as real-life dangers.

How do you protect your child from the dangers that don’t exist?

Nightmares can have a very profound impact
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Tips: Assertive vs. Aggressive

by Lori Sciame March 12th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
kids on stairsCall to mind the timid wallflower. This child is painfully shy.  He never says a word; he only smiles and agrees with everything the people in his life say.  Now think about the budding bully who acts overly aggressive when playing a game in gym class or when pushing her way to the front of the line at lunch.

These children, who sit on opposite ends of the behavior spectrum, exhibit traits that are troubling, and because of these behaviors, they will both experience problems in the school setting.

Now, imagine a child who falls somewhere in the middle of that
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I’m Redshirting My Child

by Margot F. March 5th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
redshirtThe term “redshirting” in academics refers to delaying an age-eligible child from starting Kindergarten. The practice can be controversial. How does a parent decide when to redshirt a child?

If the child is recovering from a serious illness or has been diagnosed with a developmental disability then it seems reasonable to give them a year to catch up to their peers. When my younger son was not talking by age four, it was easy to postpone his entrance to school. At the time, the government paid for speech therapy until Kindergarten and my son could attend a daycare where he
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Battling the Fake Cry

by T Akery March 4th, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
sad eyesThere is a big difference between the fake cry and the real cry. The real cry has a different sound and urgency to it. The fake cry is just merely noise that your Preschooler is putting out. This is usually because they want something. Many times, it is easy to tell them apart. But it can be frustrating if your Preschooler engages in this behavior a little too often.

One of the tricks is not to reward this type of behavior. Often, the fake cry is merely done for attention's sake. Sometimes, it is done because the cry has been
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