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Tim Sullivan
Blogging from the founder of SchoolFamily Media


Birthday Club and Kids' Birthday Parties

Oct 20, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in PTOs and PTAs

Really like this idea from a couple of kids at a Florida school. (And -- yes --I may especially like it because we're right in the middle of our 4 fall birthdays at our house.) The spirit and simplicity of this plan is very a... Read more
Print and Use Tools for School Families

Oct 14, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in SchoolFamily.com, Fun Learning Activities

One of the things I'm enjoying most about our schoolfamily.com site is how the content and tools keep growing week after week. Rather than big 2.0 and 3.0 launches, our team works behind-the-scenes adding more and more to the... Read more
Texting in Class? No Problem.

Oct 06, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology

At least that's the trend in this Australian district where -- due to new technology -- kids are being encouraged to text away right under the teacher's nose.This application sounds pretty powerful, but -- man -- can i think ... Read more
Are You the Competitive Parent?

Oct 02, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Helicopter Parents

Liked this perspective from Ann Handley over at the This Mommy Gig website. Ann's rant starts while shopping for toys and noticing how every toy now needs to be somehow connected to a developmental goal. Her point -- what abo... Read more
Improve Your Child's Grades

Sep 29, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Sometimes the simple, direct stories are best. Think that's the case with this very straightforward look at how parents should proceed when their kids' grades disappoint. No magic potions or cures. But good solid, step-by-ste... Read more
Kids' Schedules: Moderation Advised

Sep 29, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Back to School

Am glad to see some sanity injected (from a college admissions officer, no less) into the discussion of how much we need to schedule our kids. The popular myth seems to be that if Johnny isn't in every club and activity (or t... Read more
In Praise of BoxTops and Friends

Sep 25, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Fundraising

(Cross post from my PTO Today Blog.)I hope we don't start taking programs like BoxTops for Education (General Mills) and Labels for Education (Campbell's) and Take Charge of Education (Target) for granted. This article in the... Read more
Time Management for Kids

Sep 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Breakfast, Back to School

Kind of ironic that I'm writing about this, considering the fact that I desperately need "Time Management for Tim", but this morning routine/time management for kids blog from the San Francisco Chronicle really sucked me in.W... Read more
Optimism Matters for Kids and Parents

Sep 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kids Learning

I've been a huge fan of this program from the first time I saw it (while munching on some Goldfish -- probably the kids' snack that I steal the most) and have been meaning to highlight it here for some time now.As a parent, c... Read more
Lice and Now Super Lice. Lovely

Sep 12, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

While there are lots of joys and smiles that go along with back-to-school season, heading back to lice ground zero (the school closet) isn't one of them. To make matters worse, now we're talking about Super Lice. Are they ser... Read more