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Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
Hitting the Books

Jun 15, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Summer Learning, Kids Reading

For someone who makes a living with words, it's a little embarrassing to admit that I wasn't always a big reader. As a kid, I spent most of my free time with friends or toys, not books. Still, each summer I looked forward to ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
More on Choosing Teachers

Jun 13, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Teachers

The term "helicopter parent" came to mind when I read the Hawaii Reporter article that Tim mentioned in his June 6 post about parents lobbying for next year's classroom placements. Helicopter parents are so named because they... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Working and School Involvement

Jun 13, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Interesting blog thread over at the Career and Kids site. One mom sometimes hides her status as a working mom in order to fit in better with the involved-at-school crowd.This thread over at the Careers and Kids blog caught my... Read more
Tim Sullivan
March of the 8-year-olds

Jun 11, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Elementary School

The other night I went to a meeting at my son's school to discuss 3rd grade graduation plans. I was disappointed to learn there wouldn't be a big-name commencement speaker, like Maya Angelou or U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justic... Read more
Tim Sullivan
School Volunteering: Everyone's Doing It

Jun 07, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you're probably aware that we're in the midst of a Hollywood baby boom. These days, celebrity magazines are almost as likely to show the rich and famous pushing strollers as strolling t... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Politicking for a Teacher

Jun 06, 2007 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Back to School

How far should a parent go in trying to get junior into the "right" class for next year?Just ran across this interesting article from the Hawaii Reporter on getting involved in the classroom-placement process for your son or ... Read more