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Carol Brooks Ball

Carol Brooks Ball
Carol Brooks Ball lives with her husband, son, and daughter outside Boston.The family also includes two adored golden retrievers, Brooksie and Hazel, and one crazy cat named Marty. Brooks Ball is an award-winning journalist and editor, having received two prestigious Investigative Reporting Awards and several General Excellence Awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association during her lengthy career in news journalism.


SchoolFamily.com Introduces Our Newly Redesigned Site!

Feb 21, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com

Dear readers:   We’re proud to introduce our newly redesigned pages on SchoolFamily.com!   We’ve streamlined our content and made the site even easier to navigate, all while keeping the core school-based... Read more
Should School Start Later for Teens?

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Sleep, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College, After-School

Ever try to wake a sleeping teenager? It’s a time-consuming undertaking that’s frustrating for everyone involved, especially on early morning weekdays before the sun is even up.   That’s the reality for... Read more
Parents Face Legal Action for Children's School Tardiness

Feb 09, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Should your child’s chronic school tardiness be a crime?    I don’t know about you, but my kids have been late to school many times over the years. Mostly it’s due to overtiredness because they sta... Read more
Valentine's Day Activities and Crafts To Make With Your Kids

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day activity or craft for your children to make or for you to make together? Look no further—we’ve compiled a variety of gift ideas through images we’ve pinned to our ... Read more
Are Your Teens Using "SelfControl"?

Feb 03, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Cell Phones

At SchoolFamily.com, we offer parents lots of information about keeping kids focused on their schoolwork, and staying (or getting) motivated. We also offers ways to help parents set limits on the time their kids spend in fron... Read more
Are You Welcome In Your Child's Classroom?

Jan 26, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Have you ever attempted to sit in on one of your children’s classes at school and been turned away? If not, and if you were actually welcomed into the class by school officials, consider yourself lucky. Even though the ... Read more
So, Junk Food in Schools Isn't to Blame for Kids' Obesity?

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Lunch, Parenting, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Wait a minute. Can this be true? Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have released the results of a study in which they found no relationship between children’s obesity levels and the availability of soft drink... Read more
Should Parents Get a Say in Their Child's Curriculum?

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Do you think you should have say in any—and every—aspect of your child’s school curriculum?   What about your neighbor? Or how about the crank who shows up at every school committee meeting, complaining... Read more
Food Allergy Tragedy: Parents, Check Your Child's School Action Plan

Jan 06, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Lunch, School Breakfast, Parenting, Nutrition, Middle School, Kindergarten, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

In a tragic case of a severe allergic reaction, a 1st grade-student at an elementary school in Virginia, died Monday, Jan. 2, after reportedly being exposed to a peanut product.  This heartbreaking incident is a reminder... Read more
Happy Holidays to Your Family From All of Us at SchoolFamily.com!

Dec 23, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

On behalf of all of us at SchoolFamily.com, please accept our warmest holiday wishes. We hope that this winter break over the holidays affords you and your children some extra time together, to play, learn, and simply be in o... Read more