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Livia McCoy
Alternatives to Flash Cards for Studying

Oct 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Most teachers teach their students how to use flash cards for studying facts or vocabulary. Flash cards are a great tool for many students, but there are some kids who need a different strategy. Students who are creative and ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Explain Everything: A Low-Cost App for Creative Presentations

Sep 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, Creativity

Last week, I was invited to the middle school where I work to hear student presentations. Their assignment was to create a project using Explain Everything that had several slides. The purpose of the presentation was to intro... Read more
SchoolFamily
Middle and High School: Helping Teens Solve Their Own Problems

Apr 24, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents

This guest blog post is by Erika Cook, a high school administrator who works directly with parents and students. When your teen has a problem at school, what should you do? Perhaps your child has a streak of missing assignmen... Read more
Livia McCoy
Helping Your Teen Through the Tough Times

Jan 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Adolescence is a difficult time of life. I frequently hear my students complain about their family, their parents, and life in general. Many adolescents feel that their parents do not love them. From my perspective, many of t... Read more
SchoolFamily
Icky Childhood Illnesses: My Family’s Icky Illness and the Yuck Factor

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Patti Ghezzi, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Healthy Kids, Elementary School, Back to School

The phone rings and I recognize the school’s number on my caller ID. It’s not a number I want to see. The school doesn’t call to say hello. It’s the school nurse, and she’s calling to tell me tha... Read more
SchoolFamily
Host a Playdate for a Child With Food Allergies—You Can Do It!

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School

Joshua, Henry, Isabella, Matthew, Jasper, Jack, Katie, and Paige. These are just a few of the names of children who have come to our house for playdates and parties for my sons. Between my two kids there have been numerous bi... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Mother Arrested For Cheering Graduating Daughter, But There's More To the Story

Jun 06, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in High School

A mother who says all she did was cheer for her daughter as the young woman graduated from high school last Saturday was arrested during the commencement ceremony and charged with disorderly conduct. Sounds like the mother&rs... Read more
Carissa Rogers
What Happens When This Mother-Daughter Share Fashion...and Music?

May 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, High School, Carissa Rogers

I just “accidentally” spent $100 on clothes. I figured only half of the stuff would fit and/or look decent so it was really like I spent $50 and I’d just take the ugly back, right? Um. Yeah. “Accidenta... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Bullied Gay Teen Defends Himself At School Using Stun Gun Mom Gave Him

May 09, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, High School, Bullying

Parents, what do you think about this story? A young Indianapolis teenager, who is openly gay and has been repeatedly bullied at school, was given a stun gun by his mother to protect himself.   And when the young man, Da... Read more
SchoolFamily
Expert Sue Scheff Offers Parents 10 Tips to Help Prevent Teen Drug Addiction

Mar 22, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Middle School, High School

Sue Scheff is an author, a parent advocate, and the founder of the Parents' Universal Resource Expert (P.U.R.E.). Scheff helps families with at-risk teens, and specializes in educating parents on the daunting industry of teen... Read more