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Carol Brooks Ball
Should Principals Have Control of Students' "Off Campus" activity?

Feb 27, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

Most schools have rules for how students should behave while on school grounds, and many have a written code of behavior that students—and occasionally parents—are required to sign.   It's also long been the ... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Attention Stay/Work at Home Moms: Is It Okay To Hire An Assistant?

Feb 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

In my former life I was a molecular biologist. I know. Weird huh?   Except working in a lab is a lot like, well… cooking. Mixing up recipes (only much more precise than a dash of this and pinch of that), and growi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Should Parents Pay Their Children for Good Grades?

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, ADHD

I have known many parents who pay their children for honor roll grades. In some cases, this is okay. But, if you are a learning disabled (LD) student, the quality of your work does not reflect how hard you worked on it. Somet... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Vacation Fun, No Reservations Required!

Feb 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

School vacation can be a great time for family fun. Here are some simple ways to keep young children productively engaged, using all five senses (note that these activities can be enjoyed either at home or away on vacation): ... Read more
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
Livia McCoy
Basic Student Skills: 5 Ways to Learn to Be a Proactive Student

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

 Often when we get a new student at our school who is learning disabled (LD), we say something like, “She hasn’t learned how to be a student yet.” What we mean by this is that she has not yet realized t... 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
Carol Brooks Ball
Parents Face Legal Action for Children's School Tardiness

Feb 09, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Should your child’s chronic school tardiness be a crime?    I don’t know about you, but my kids have been late to school many times over the years. Mostly it’s due to overtiredness because they sta... 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