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  1. Is Mediocrity Really Our Goal In Parenting? ›

    “Doing the best you can” leads to mediocrity. Our youngsters are growing up with the mind-set of being average in all that they do.

  1. The Value Of A Teaching Hospital ›

    Any Children’s Hospital with pediatric residents involved is an asset for the health of your child. One should be grateful and respectful toward these dedicated physicians.

  1. Truancy ›

    There are a certain number of children who habitually miss school or are tardy. How can this problem be resolved, and who is to blame?

  1. Fostering Independent Reading At Home ›

    Independent reading is not a passion that all kids are born with. A lot of children learn HOW to read but lose interest in continuing to read for a variety of reasons. Find out more about the first steps to fostering an appreciation for independent reading at home.

  1. Fostering Independent Reading At Home, Part II ›

    Last week we reviewed reasons your child may have for disliking independent reading at home. To continue this subject:

  1. Menarche—When Should Menses Start? ›

    My friends are all bragging that they have started their periods. I’m 13 years old and nothing has happened. What is wrong with me?

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Medical literature in PEDIATRICS Journal, June 2013, Volume 131, Number 6 gives one a clearer understanding of the rotavirus vaccine, limited formula for breastfed infants, the effects of elevated blood lead levels , hydrocarbon-related injuries, and allergen-specific immunotherapy.

  1. Coping With Academic Stress ›

    How can you, as the parent, balance your own stress levels in a healthy and sustainable way so that you can continue to support and advocate for your child without unleashing the stress on him?

  1. I Hate Homework! ›

    Homework tends to create more parent/child conflict than any other school-related issue. Steps can be taken to relieve the tension around the “H” word--homework.

  1. Using Centers To Differentiate The Classroom ›

    In most elementary school classrooms, parents can expect the teacher to design educational centers to better meet the personal needs of her students. What happens at a center? Will my child be challenged or feel safe? Read on to hear more about this instructional strategy.

  1. School Time Again ›

    Three measures to take so that the beginning days of school are easier and more successful for everyone.

  1. Homeschooling To Higher Education: Does Homeschooling Prepare Your Child For University Life? ›

    What steps must be taken to assure that my homeschool children will have the same opportunities to enter a university as the public or private students?

  1. Troubleshooting The Crowded Classroom ›

    With class sizes in many schools increasing, you may be wondering how to ensure a personal educational experience for your child. Find out what you, as a parent, can do to support your child and help meet his educational needs more fully.

  1. A Better Understanding Of Risk ›

    Life is risky. As parents we must be aware of the many risks presented to our children.

  1. A Guide To 21st Century Skills In Education, Part 2 ›

    Last month we looked at collaboration, critical thinking and differentiation as referring to the guide to 21st century skills in education. Let us continue.

  1. A Guide To 21st Century Skills In Education ›

    In order to navigate your child’s education, it is helpful to be “in the know” when it comes to hot topics or popular terms being used in classrooms and educational settings. Read on to find out the basics of some of the buzz words being tossed around the 21st Century classroom.

  1. Fast Facts: The Kindergarten Physical ›

    It’s a time of excitement, joy, and apprehension for the whole family. Here’s what to expect at your pediatrician’s office after the kindergarten orientation, application and decision is made…now it’s time for the physical!!

  1. A Week In The Life Of A Homeschooling Family ›

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to homeschool? Here’s a chance to take a look at a family’s real experience. We have homeschooled for fourteen years, so the glimpse you’re getting is not of the way we started out, but how it has evolved through the years to what it is today.

  1. Take Charge Of Your Child’s Education ›

    Parents seem to have abdicated their role in the education of their children. When did this happen? Why did the parents give up control?

  1. Nuts & Bolts Of Homeschooling ›

    Most methods of homeschooling fit into one of four categories. The choice you make should depend on your family dynamics.

  1. To Homeschool Or Not To Homeschool—That Is The Question ›

    Time and time again I am asked the title question. After years of experience talking to parents who are either for or against this method of education the following concepts have evolved.

  1. Anxiety In The Classroom ›

    If your child is complaining about stress and anxiety in the classroom, then it is time for you to evaluate the extent to which she is involved both at school and in the extracurricular arena. Sometimes, the stress isn’t triggered by the classroom but by the overcommitted nature of her daily life. Take the time now to help your child prioritize her commitments and start to set some personal boundaries.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Dr. Samson examines the literature to look at new studies in jaundice, peanut allergies, and cardiovascular disease.

  1. A Recipe For Success ›

    Examine the essential elements to make a school year successful.

  1. What To Expect On Back To School Night ›

    Back to School Night is a special opportunity that teachers and administrators take to make personal contact with parents and disseminate key information about curriculum, instruction, and classroom expectations. Attending the event as a parental team is key to communicating that the family is on board with the plans for the year. Read on to find out about asking questions and finding out what to expect on the big night.

  1. Starting High School ›

    Parents may not be wanted by the self-conscious teen, but certainly are needed. Here are a few big picture things to remember as the family dives in to high school.

  1. The Power Of Stepping Outside Of Your Comfort Zone ›

    So many of us relish in the comfort zones we create in our lives. How often, though, do you push yourself out of these self-created comfort zones? Or better yet, how often do you ask your children to step outside of their comfort zones? I challenge you to find ways this summer to help your children take risks and try new activities because it is through these decisions that true, organic self-confidence and growth is achieved.

  1. Happy Homes During The Summer Months ›

    We all know that kids are really excited to start their vacation the moment school gets out. They’ve worked hard throughout the school year, and now it’s time to let the body and mind unwind and recharge before the start of the next session. For some, though, the time off slowly evolves into boredom and loneliness. So, how do you set your child up to not drive himself, and you, crazy over the next few months?

  1. Summer-itis ›

    No matter how patient and logical you are, it’s a challenge to get your child to remember that the last month of school is still a viable part of his yearlong education. The school community is reeling with year-end events that seem to throw your youngster into the depths of anti-routine. Even though the unspoken message your child may perceive is that ”school’s out,” it is so important the message your child clearly receives at home is that “school’s still very much in session.”

  1. Education In The Digital Age ›

    The Digital Age is here to stay and, as a parent, you should feel informed enough and empowered to guide your child through this cultural and social revolution. The concept of “Blended Learning” refers to a mixing of instructional strategies in the classroom that balances face-to-face instruction with online resources and tools. The words engagement, communication, and preparation come to mind when thinking about how to best understand the reasoning behind this digital movement. Together with your child and his teacher, you can create a dynamic force to access the best quality resources available today.

  1. Five Tips To A Successful Parent-Teacher-Student Conference ›

    With teamwork, there’s no problem that can’t be solved. This article offers five helpful tips to help you, the parent, bridge your child’s learning experiences at home and at school. Learn some strategies to get you ready for parent-teacher-student conferences and hold your child accountable for his role in the learning process.

  1. One More Look: The Importance Of Reading ›

    The lack of literacy in the United States can be fixed by following David Baldacci's suggestions.

  1. School Is Starting: Get Prepared ›

    Follow these suggestions to smooth the transition from summer vacation to another school year.

  1. Read Aloud To Your Baby And Young Child ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the importance of reading to your infant and young child.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 3 ›

    Dr. Theriot concludes his look at the needs of gifted children.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 2 ›

    Dr. Theriot continues his examination of the needs of gifted children.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 1 ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at the gifted child.

  1. Preparing For Parent Conferences ›

    Tips for a successful parent-teacher conference.

  1. Teenage Sexuality and Contraception ›

    Dr. Livingston explores contraception options for teenagers.

  1. Get Ready—Get Set—Go Read ›

    Tips for how to peak interest in reading.

  1. Toddlers At Play ›

    The challenges and rewards of toddlerhood.

  1. Using The Newspaper For Learning And Fun ›

    A look at the many educational uses of the newspaper.

  1. Sending Children to Preschool ›

    What to look for in a preschool.

  1. Increase Your Helmet IQ ›

    Learning about helmets may save your life or that of a loved one.

  1. Selecting The Right School ›

    Doing the homework to find the school that best fits your child's needs increases the likelihood of success.

  1. School Is Harder—Really! ›

    There are a number of things that you as parents can do to assist in both understanding your children and in guiding them with the thinking skills required for school success.

  1. Reading With Children ›

    Tips for making rewarding reading a part of you and your child's daily lives.

  1. Another Look At The Slow Learner ›

    A look at the challenges of the slow learner.

  1. Preparing the Underachieving Child for School ›

    While teaching and preaching turns children off, letting them know how you can work together to make school feel easier can relieve them.

  1. Changing Schools ›

    Examining the reasons and motivations behind changing schools.

  1. An Underachieving Sixth-Grader…More Than Attention Deficit Disorder ›

    How a few classroom changes, along with the right prescription, have made a difference.

  1. Kids and Philosophy ›

    Encouraging children to be philosophers in developing their lives requires that parents question their own beliefs.

  1. Ten Tips For Reading Success ›

    Ten easy tips for making your child a successful reader.

  1. Choosing Day Care For Infants And Young Children ›

    Four standards to look for when selecting day care for your infant and young child.

  1. Pros and Cons of Preschool, Part 2 ›

    The necessity and value is discussed in a frank and hopefully unbiased manner. You must be the judge of what is best for your child. Base your decision on fact, not emotion.

  1. Pros And Cons Of Preschool, Part 1 ›

    The necessity and value is discussed in a frank and hopefully unbiased manner. You must be the judge of what is best for your child. Base your decision on fact, not emotion.

  1. Good Reading Habits ›

    Dr. Welty gives some helpful steps parents can take to foster a love of reading in their children.

  1. Learning Disability in the Preschool Child ›

    When children are at risk for academic failure, early intervention gives the greatest opportunity for future success.

  1. The Strange Malady Called Learning Disability ›

    When a learning disability is discovered early in a child’s school career, there is every reason to believe that the child will grow into successful adolescence and adulthood.

  1. Let’s Take A Look At Kindergarten Readiness ›

    A look at the skills for kindergarten readiness.

  1. Writing Right ›

    Children can follow these four ideas to become better writers.

  1. The Effect of Beliefs on Achievement ›

    Tips for changing kids attitudes about their abilities.

  1. Taking Stock: The Mid-Year Check ›

    Students, parents, and teachers have half a school year left to build on strengths and address weaknesses.

  1. Scanning the Journals: Antibiotics; Air Guns; Delayed School Entry ›

    Dr. Samson reviews journal entires on a variety of topics of interest to parents.

  1. Questions & Answers: Finding a pre-school for your child ›

    Dr. Theriot offers advice on how to find a good pre-school for your child.

  1. To Do Or Not To Do: The Question of Tutoring ›

    A look at the reasons for hiring a tutor—and how to find one.

  1. Nurturing Imagination, Part 2 ›

    Part two of a two-part article on how parents can help their children's imagination flourish.

  1. Nurturing Imagination, Part 1 ›

    Part one of a two-part article on giving children the opportunity to expand their imaginations.

  1. The Making of a Pediatrician (2 of 2) ›

    The conclusion of a two-part article about becoming a pediatrician.

  1. The Making of a Pediatrician (1 of 2) ›

    Part one of a two-part article on becoming a pediatrician.

  1. Successful Home-to-School Communication ›

    Keeping the lines of communication open between home and school assists in paving the way for a successful school year for students. When parents and teachers share what students experience in the home and classroom, the needs of the child can be met more fully.

  1. It’s Report Card Time! ›

    Using the report card for its intended purpose--an indication of the child's present progress--lays the foundation for open and positive communication between you and your child.

  1. Avoid Those Homework Hassles ›

    These homework tips can made the dreaded homework time less so.

  1. Jump Start Your Child Into The School Year ›

    Tips for the best ways to prepare your child for a new school year.

  1. Is My Child Kindergarten Ready? ›

    Guidelines to help prepare children for Kindergarten.

  1. Underachievement: A Frequently Ignored Problem Of Childhood ›

    An introduction to underachievement, including a check list for helping to recognize signs of underachievement.

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