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School Fashion Police

Jul 13, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Clothes

In the public schools I attended, the dress code was plain and simple: no shorts, no hats, and nothing too skimpy. How times have changed. This week, I read about a girl given in-school suspension for wearing Tigger socks and... Read more
Blame Mr. Rogers

Jul 10, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents

When I was a kid, I'd sprawl out on my parents' bed each morning before kindergarten to watch Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I loved Mr. Rogers. Not so much the show, which creeped me out a bit (particularly the puppet Lady Elaine... Read more
Plugged In at Summer Camp

Jul 06, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology, Summer Learning

I've always loved going to camp, so when I was asked to spend last weekend supervising middle school campers, I jumped at the chance. The last time I'd worked at a camp was in college, when I spent a steaming summer in a plat... Read more
Back-to-School Budget

Jul 05, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Extracurricular Activities

Who needs tuition? This Cincinnati story on back-to-school price tags makes the case that the average public school parent, too, is shelling out more and more $$ for what once was considered basics. Are we balancing school bu... Read more
Dinnertime Debate

Jul 02, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Since my oldest child started on solid food (a little more than 13 years ago), I've been feeling guilty about how rarely our family sits down together for meals. Those first few years I worried that we were missing an opportu... Read more
Graduations Gone Wild

Jun 29, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

In a thought-provoking Newsweek column, Rabbi Marc Gellman weighs the pros and cons of child graduations.Pros: Graduations celebrate learning and provide motivation to pursue goals. Most important, they show kids that they ha... Read more
Toddler Soccer: Too Much, Too Soon?

Jun 29, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Extracurricular Activities

I read some shocking news this week. Here in my very own community, kids as young as 18 months are training to become the soccer stars of tomorrow. The toddlers I know are content sticking toys in their mouths and mashing Pla... Read more
Kids and Cell Phones

Jun 28, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Cell Phones

Each school year, it seems more and more kids head off to school toting cell phones. I imagine the old school pay phone (20 years later, I can still remember the calling card code I used daily!) will soon be going the way of ... Read more
Goldilocks Parents

Jun 27, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Lord, give me balance as a parent. Please. Help me check in but not overwhelm. Help me try to get things just right. Help me make sure that summer is fun, while also keeping those little brain cells firing once in a while.Hel... Read more
My Reluctant Reader

Jun 25, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kids Reading

Students entering 4th grade have to pick two books from the summer reading list. I'm worried. It's my son's reading habits. He has none. He won't pick up a book unless I force him.Oh, I've tried to make reading fun. We've had... Read more