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Carol Brooks Ball
"Chore Charts" Help Curb the Nagging

Oct 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School, After-School

Do your children do chores in your household? Do they do them willingly and without being asked and reminded repeatedly? Take heart; mine don't either. To that end, I wish I'd had "chore charts" to use with my son and daughte... 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
Carol Brooks Ball
Providing iPads Instead of Textbooks For Classroom Learning Gets My Vote

Sep 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

I don't know about you but my house has more computers than we need. Yes, that's partly due to the fact that my son, who today works in information technology, built two of his own computers during his middle school and high ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Cell Phones For Tweens: Tips On When and Why

Sep 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Cell Phones, Back to School, After-School

Both of my children have cell phones. And both phones, in my mind, were purchased for the sole purpose of keeping in touch. With me.  Them, not so much. To them, their cell phones serve the purpose of allowing virtually-... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Why is Mom the Family's Social Calendar-Carrier?

Aug 30, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

School for my rising high school junior starts in seven days, which means that in seven days, I'll be hit with an avalanche of paperwork and important dates to record. I'm already in the doghouse, however, for forgetting some... Read more
SchoolFamily
Girls + Science, Technology, and Math = Never Too Young!

Aug 26, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College

As a parent, it’s inevitable that you have those “I wish I knew then, what I knew now” moments. My oldest child is a senior in high school. Needless to say, there have been a lot of those moments recently.&n... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Back-to-school means teens behind the wheel

Aug 18, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parent Involvement, High School, Health and Fitness, Back to School, After-School

My daughter isn't eligible to get her driver's license until October, but despite the two months and back-to-school period between now and then, she's champing at the bit to know if she'll be able to drive herself to school. ... Read more
SchoolFamily
How to Help Overweight Students Navigate Back to School With Confidence

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Lunch, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

For many students, back to school means shopping for new clothes, purchasing new school supplies, and being reunited with their friends after the summer vacation. For students who are overweight, however, the back-to-school p... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Sex Education Now Mandatory in New York City schools

Aug 12, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness

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