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Connie McCarthy
Why Attending Your School's Open House Matters

Sep 18, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Usually, during the first month or so of the school year, elementary schools schedule an open house or “meet the teachers” night. This is a very important event, and all parents should participate, if at all possi... Read more
Easing the Back-to-School Transition for Preschool Siblings

Sep 11, 2015 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Back to School

by Kathryn Lagden My 6-year-old left the safety of the “kindie pen” and walked into grade 1 with confidence and ease. Back- to-school transition handled. But it wasn’t quite so easy for my feisty two-and-a-h... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Getting Involved Matters!

Sep 03, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

As you well know, now that school is back in session, it’s a very busy time for families. One of the best things parents can do to help their child be successful in school is to become involved in the school community. Even... Read more
Different Kinds of Smart

Sep 01, 2015 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parenting, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Back to School

by Elizabeth S. Leaver At some point not too long ago, a piece along the lines of “see that silent mom who isn’t really participating while everyone else is talking about her child’s achievements” mad... Read more
5 Quick Tips To Help Your Child With Homework

Aug 28, 2015 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Homework, Back to School

Is it possible that as parents we may actually dread homework more than our kids? Well…don’t answer that out loud. We are here to help make this year different! Just focus on these 5 quick tips and you’ll s... Read more
Empty Nesting: The Process of Letting Them Go

Aug 27, 2015 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parenting, High School, College, Back to School

by Rose Cafasso   A week from now, I will be an empty nester. Or should I say my husband and I will be empty nesting, for it’s a process, not an identity. It’s another phase of the journey we started when our children ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Strategies for a Smooth School Year

Aug 18, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Children across America are returning to school! Summer vacation is over. Most kids stay up late and sleep a lot later in the morning during the summer months. It is now time to start getting used to an earlier bedtime and wa... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Tips To Ease the Back-to-School Transition

Aug 13, 2015 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, Back to School, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

Ideally, summer vacation has been relaxing, less stressful, and more laid back for your child. But now that August is halfway through, is she ready to gear up and start a new school year? Here are 10 easy ideas to help your ... Read more
Emotional Awareness: An Essential Tool for Back to School

Aug 27, 2014 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Social and Emotional Development, Back to School

by Eve Sullivan Getting kids ready to start school may have been simple in the past, but not today. Ads scream “Order this…buy that…and your child will be safer, smarter, happier!” And young people, ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Back-to-School Organization Ideas for Kids and Families

Aug 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Help your child begin the school year with some simple organizational skills and family routines to encourage school success, right from the start. Here are five easy ways to help your family keep school priorities on track: ... Read more