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Angela Norton Tyler
Top Three Rules for Helping Your Kids with Homework

Aug 31, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Parent Involvement, Homework, Helicopter Parents

Parents want to know the best way to help their children with homework. While there are many Homework Helper Dos and Don'ts, three rules top the list. The following rules not only help students do tonight's homework, they hel... Read more
SchoolFamily
Swine Flu and Your School

Aug 27, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in PTOs and PTAs, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Back to School

You can't pick up a paper or turn on the TV or radio without reading or hearing a mention about Swine Flu. Are you still wondering how parents and schools should respond to the H1N1 virus? Wanted to let you know that we just ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More Tips to Help Ease Your Child's Morning Routine

Aug 27, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Breakfast, Organization, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

"Why can't I wear my pajamas to school?"  Last week I shared a few tips on setting up a good morning routine. Here are a few more tricks to make school mornings run smoother. Deciding what a child should wear to school c... Read more
SchoolFamily
Great Resources for Parents of Gifted Children

Aug 24, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Gifted and Talented

What does it mean to be a gifted child? Does it mean that you're lucky? In many ways, yes. But what most people don't realize is the set of expectations and associated stress factors  that go along with being gifted and ... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Homework Questions for Back-to-School Night

Aug 24, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Parent Involvement, Homework, Back to School

It's back to school time, and for most parents getting our children ready for a new school year means working our way down a very long and expensive to-do list. There are clothes and supplies to buy, forms to fill out, bedtim... Read more
Tim Sullivan
New research on middle school parent involvement

Aug 24, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Back to School

I found this middle school involvement piece from the Wall Street Journal.  No surprise, as Sue Shellenbarger's stuff is typically excellent on all kinds of parenting and school-family issues.The upshot on this piec... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Should we get time off for parent involvement at school?

Aug 22, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, Back to School

This Miami Herald brings up some really interesting issues around school involvement and family policies fr our businesses. I'm conflicted.  I'm a huuuuge involvement fan and the love the thought of more parents at schoo... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Tips for a Stress-Free School Morning Routine

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy

"Where are my shoes?" "I can't find my backpack!" What parent hasn't heard these words? School and workday mornings can be stressful for everyone, but a rough morning can have a day-long effect on your child. Setting up a mor... Read more
SchoolFamily
Kindergarten Separation Anxiety: Mom's Fault? Think Not.

Aug 20, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kindergarten, Elementary School, Back to School

Kindergarteners. First day of school. Separation Anxiety. Do all three go hand in hand? The author of the article Separation Anxiety Seems to be on the Rise,  says yes absolutely – when it comes to this genera... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Safety Saturday and Lowe's

Aug 19, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, SchoolFamily.com, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Thought I'd highlight this for you folks.  I really like the sound of "Safety Saturday", which is coming up at the end of Saturday.  Think: fire trucks and expert tips and all kinds of demonstrations  -- all in... Read more