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Alright, be honest, how many of you parents punish your children for bringing home bad grades? It seems like almost everyone I meet has a similar philosophy of applying consequences for bad grades, the same way one would give consequences for bad behavior. Often the first time a parent sees a poor grade on their child’s report card, Read More

EducationMind, Body, Spirit

There’s something I like to call Back to School Brain, and these are the symptoms:

1. Anxiety: Why do teachers have so many back to school items on their lists?
2. Insomnia: There are so many items that now I can’t sleep because I have to run to seventeen stores to get them all.
3. Stress: The seventeen stores are all out of calculators, so I need to drive 20 miles to an eighteenth store to get it. Read More

EducationInfant/Toddlers

The Preschool Puzzle

I’ve been going back and forth in my head about whether or not to send our two-year-old daughter, Cali, to preschool.

I’m not yet convinced it’s the right step for her at this point in time. As a trained teacher, I know that socialization is a key developmental stage for toddlers, but as a parent, I see my child on a daily basis and wonder if she’s ready for this big change. Read More

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Education

Back to school used to be words I loved to hear. Now that my oldest two are off to eighth grade, my middle two are (gasp) fourth graders and my baby is already a first grader, I am Read More