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Carissa Rogers
Confident Child Syndrome: Letter To My Pre-Teen Daughter

Feb 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Dear 11-year-old daughter,   You are smart, cute, witty, and have a spirit about you not usually found in a girl your age.   Earlier this year when you ran for student government and easily won the “popular&rd... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should School Start Later for Teens?

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Sleep, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College, After-School

Ever try to wake a sleeping teenager? It’s a time-consuming undertaking that’s frustrating for everyone involved, especially on early morning weekdays before the sun is even up.   That’s the reality for... Read more
Connie McCarthy
This Valentine’s Day, Keep Sugar Levels Low and Math Levels High

Feb 11, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Young students love Valentine’s Day and all the treats that go with it. This year try something different. Instead of letting your child eat those small Conversation Hearts, use them for some easy, fun, and colorful mat... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Is Romance Dead For A Busy Family? One GoodnCrazy Plan for Valentine's Day

Feb 08, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

   Valentine’s Day is around the corner. What’s a busy mom to do? After throwing all our creativity (and plenty of Pinterest searching) into kids’ Valentine’s Day friend cards, I have no time... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teaching your child responsibility and decision-making skills

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

I wrote an earlier blog post about teaching children how to accept responsibility for their actions.   In that post I suggested that when your daughter says, “Mrs. Johnson got me in trouble,” you might help ... Read more
Livia McCoy
ADHD and Medication: Should You Consider It for Your Child?

Jan 31, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, ADHD

Making the decision to medicate your child for attention problems is extremely difficult. I encourage you to consider it, however, if your child is struggling in school, and those who work with him have mentioned possible att... Read more
SchoolFamily
The Red Flags of Cyber Bullying

Jan 26, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

SchoolFamily.com guest blogger Dr. Michele Borba, Ph.D. is an expert and author on issues involving children and teens, parenting, bullying, and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character... Read more
Livia McCoy
Learning Disabilities and Social Problems

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Children with learning disabilities (especially nonverbal LD) or attention issues often have social problems. I wrote about some of them in an earlier post. But, there is one problem that I didn’t mention in that blog t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
So, Junk Food in Schools Isn't to Blame for Kids' Obesity?

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Lunch, Parenting, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Wait a minute. Can this be true? Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have released the results of a study in which they found no relationship between children’s obesity levels and the availability of soft drink... Read more
Carissa Rogers
My Teen’s Love/Hate Relationship With Science: A Corn Story

Jan 18, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

My freshman daughter hates science. Okay, maybe hate is a too strong a word, but she sure doesn’t love it. And that’s all very sad for me since I have a biology degree and made university research my home for 8 ye... Read more