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Connie McCarthy
5 Ways To Enhance Summer Fun With Reading

Jul 23, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Reading, Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

Summer is a great time to link purposeful reading to what you are doing as a family. Here are five simple ways to make summer reading goals easy and fun: If you are going to the park, take some favorite books along, for bo... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why School Dress Codes Matter

Jul 21, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Many families are getting ready to go back to school. It is important to give some thought to appropriate clothing to wear. Most schools have a dress code; and, most adolescents don’t like it! Schools have dress codes f... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Math Fun for Summer (or Anytime)

Jul 16, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Bring math into your child’s daily life this summer to keep skills current. Here are three simple and fun activities to practice math that your child learned this past school year. Here is a geometry activity that I&rsq... Read more
Livia McCoy
Over-Praising Your Kids Can Hold Them Back

Jul 14, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In her new book, Getting Real, Gretchen Carlson tells a story about her son. His hockey team had just won a tournament, yet he didn’t seem as happy as his mom expected him to be. He told her that everyone on the teams g... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make the Most of Your Child’s Intrinsic Knowledge

Jul 09, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Earlier this summer, my husband Brian and I took our 20-month-old granddaughter to her neighborhood playground. She loves to climb up the slide ladder and giggle her way down the slide. She was wearing a new baseball cap that... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Power of Positive Attention for Teens

Jul 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Human beings need the attention of others. We need to interact with one another and to feel accepted and loved. When teens misbehave, they often do so to get the attention of their peers or the adults in their lives. Years ag... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Rainy Day Science Fun

Jul 02, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Oh no! It’s finally summer vacation, and the weather forecast is calling for rain all day. But don’t let a rainy summer day spoil any fun. Use it as an opportunity to talk about and examine the wonderful natural p... Read more
Livia McCoy
Use Summer for Some College Planning

Jun 30, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, College

Summer is an important time for middle and upper school students to think ahead to what they want for themselves after high school. If the plan involves going to college, then taking action now can improve the chance of getti... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Combine Traveling With Learning for the Summer

Jun 25, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Connie McCarthy

Wherever your summer travels take you, there will be many learning opportunities for your young child. Places you visit can lead to fun exercises in both reading and math. For reading: Make a point to see any attractions tha... Read more
Livia McCoy
Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Parents

Jun 23, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social Media, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

Many experts warn children about the dangers of the Internet. We teach our children to never give their name, address, or phone number to anyone online. We watch them while online to make sure they do not visit inappropriate ... Read more