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The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

  As I drove from my house in the country, fields and green lawns gave way to rows of colorful single-family homes and then to enormous gray warehouses and boxy brown garages. The buildings, encircled  by towering chain-link fences with signs that read “Keep...
What to Do About a Bad Report Card

What to Do About a Bad Report Card

In most local school districts, students are receiving first nine weeks grades about now. Did your student bring home a report card that was less than exciting or not quite what you were expecting? Here are some suggestions on what to do now: 1. Meet with your...
Manners Matter

Manners Matter

In this era of smart phones at the dinner table, texting instead of talking, self-indulgence and social media, how do we make sure our children are not losing the ability to conduct polite conversations and consider the needs of others? Like most skills, basic social...
What to Ask at Your Child’s Parent Teacher Conference

What to Ask at Your Child’s Parent Teacher Conference

Fall is the time for Back to School Nights and parent-teacher conferences. You may be wondering what to expect at these events. At most schools, you will get a chance to walk your child’s schedule and meet with each teacher for 10-15 minutes, usually as a group. This...
Is this what your kid’s backpack looks like?

Is this what your kid’s backpack looks like?

I see a lot of kids whose good-intentioned parents buy them a whole pile of school supplies, only to find that by week two, their book bag is a mess, and they are using none of them. Seriously, these kids have 20 folders, binders, pens, highlighters, dividers, and...

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