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Carol Brooks Ball
When School Lunch Is A Cold Cheese Sandwich

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, School Lunch, PTOs and PTAs, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

It’s happened to all of us. Your child tells you the night before that he’s out of lunch money in his account at school and needs it for the next day—or else. That “or else” used to mean a stern ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Helping Kids Develop a Positive Body Image

Dec 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Nutrition, Middle School, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Does your son complain about his hair? Does your daughter say horrible things about her thighs? Do your other kids make occasional comments about being "fat?" And do you worry what they'll be feeling and saying about themselv... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Survey says sexting is less prevelant than originally believed

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Cell Phones

The Internet has been abuzz this week with news that the practice of sexting—kids texting naked photos or videos of themselves or others via cell phone—is nowhere near as rampant as we’d all been led to beli... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Calling all cooks: SchoolFamily.com is looking for your recipes!

Dec 02, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Breakfast, Parenting, Nutrition, Health and Fitness

Calling all cooks! SchoolFamily.com is launching a complete recipe section, and we’re looking for your favorite recipes to share among our readers! Do you have a weeknight dinner recipe that’s quick and easy? A no... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
9th Grade Sex Ed Survey: What Would You Do?

Nov 17, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

What would you do as a parent in this situation? A teacher at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico who passed out a voluntary, anonymous sex survey to students in a 9th grade biology class, has been placed on leave until the ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Test and Improve Your Child's Working Memory

Nov 15, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Having a good working memory is important for school success. When we are engaged in problem solving or learning something new, we have to manipulate ideas in our brains. We might be trying out new things and figuring out ho... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Article Shows How My Daughter Will Study From Now On

Nov 03, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, College

The other day, an email arrived from my friend Cindy, with a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal. No, it wasn't about finding the best hedge fund manager or advice on what to do when the stock market takes another n... Read more
Carissa Rogers
My Child’s IEP is Bigger Than Your 10 Pounds

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

Imagine you’re having lunch with a couple of friends who are talking about weight loss… And you jump in and mention that you’re still trying to lose those last 10 pounds of “baby weight” (okay m... Read more
Carissa Rogers
The Kids Are Back To School and Mom is Back To The Gym!

Oct 05, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, Back to School

It’s 8 a.m., and the kids are all backpacked and out the door. I enjoy the quiet of that moment every single weekday. Don’t get me wrong—massive crazy happens between 6:30 and 8 a.m.! But … we are ... Read more
SchoolFamily
For all who've been bullied ...

Oct 04, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

SchoolFamily.com's Guest Blogger this week is Rebecca Mooney, M.Ed., the Executive Director of the Center for Education in Violence Prevention based in Melrose, MA. The Center offers comprehensive bullying prevention train... Read more