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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.


Federal Study on Bullying Examines States' School Policies

Dec 15, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Teachers, Parenting, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

This week, you may have heard about results of a new studying on bullying released by the U.S. Department of Education. The study was commissioned by the feds to gain information about the existence and strength of bullying l... Read more
When School Lunch Is A Cold Cheese Sandwich

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, School Lunch, PTOs and PTAs, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

It’s happened to all of us. Your child tells you the night before that he’s out of lunch money in his account at school and needs it for the next day—or else. That “or else” used to mean a stern ... Read more
Bah humbug on teacher gifts, say Alabama lawmakers

Dec 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, PTOs and PTAs, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Elementary School

Have you and your children decided on what teacher gifts you’ll be giving for the holidays? If you’ve chosen a $25 gift card and you live in Alabama, you’ll want to reconsider—lest your gift sends a te... Read more
Helping Kids Develop a Positive Body Image

Dec 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Nutrition, Middle School, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Does your son complain about his hair? Does your daughter say horrible things about her thighs? Do your other kids make occasional comments about being "fat?" And do you worry what they'll be feeling and saying about themselv... Read more
Survey says sexting is less prevelant than originally believed

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Cell Phones

The Internet has been abuzz this week with news that the practice of sexting—kids texting naked photos or videos of themselves or others via cell phone—is nowhere near as rampant as we’d all been led to beli... Read more
Calling all cooks: SchoolFamily.com is looking for your recipes!

Dec 02, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Breakfast, Parenting, Nutrition, Health and Fitness

Calling all cooks! SchoolFamily.com is launching a complete recipe section, and we’re looking for your favorite recipes to share among our readers! Do you have a weeknight dinner recipe that’s quick and easy? A no... Read more
Should A School Limit Parental Access to Teachers? No Way!

Dec 01, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Elementary School

File this under the category of: What the heck were they thinking? Last week, education officials at an elementary school in Seattle, WA, sent a letter home to parents of children at the school, advising them of a new limit i... Read more
9th Grade Sex Ed Survey: What Would You Do?

Nov 17, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

What would you do as a parent in this situation? A teacher at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico who passed out a voluntary, anonymous sex survey to students in a 9th grade biology class, has been placed on leave until the ... Read more
Article Shows How My Daughter Will Study From Now On

Nov 03, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, College

The other day, an email arrived from my friend Cindy, with a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal. No, it wasn't about finding the best hedge fund manager or advice on what to do when the stock market takes another n... Read more
"Chore Charts" Help Curb the Nagging

Oct 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School, After-School

Do your children do chores in your household? Do they do them willingly and without being asked and reminded repeatedly? Take heart; mine don't either. To that end, I wish I'd had "chore charts" to use with my son and daughte... Read more