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Craig Bystrynski
Keep Communication Lines Open on Mobile Safety

Jan 25, 2013 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in SchoolFamily.com, Internet Safety, Cell Phones

As parents, we want to convey the right messages about mobile safety so our kids understand the importance of behaving responsibly when using smartphones. But these conversations can be tough. Did you know two out of five kid... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Mother’s Day: Sleeping In vs. Breakfast In Bed

May 10, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Mother's Day, Carissa Rogers

I’ve spent nearly 15 years celebrating Mother’s Days. And after a while it sort of gets mashed into all the other days and craziness of May. School is winding down, with end of year celebrations and field trips, p... Read more
Livia McCoy
Summer Plans for Struggling Students

May 09, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Vacation Homework, SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Students who struggle in school often have gifts in areas that do not relate to academics. For example, they may be amazing artists, musicians, athletes, actors or dancers. When thinking about summer plans for these students,... 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
Carol Brooks Ball
Farewell To Maurice Sendak, Author of "Where The Wild Things Are"

May 08, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Reading

To borrow a phrase from a classic Beatle’s song that feels especially applicable, “I read the news today, oh boy…” The news in this case is the passing of writer Maurice Sendak, the man who penned whi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Moms, You Are Appreciated More Than You May Know!

May 08, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Kids Writing, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Moms, I’m here to let you know that all those little things you do for your children are noticed! During these past two weeks, my 1st grade class has been preparing for our annual “Mother’s Day Tribute.&rdqu... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Girlfriends Help This GoodNCrazy Mom Get By

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

My girlfriends, Mom friends, BFFs (whatever you want to call them), save my life on a regular basis. This photo, at right, is from a recent birthday party for my friend Julie, the woman in the tiara (I’m sitting next to... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Importance of Teaching Students To Write By Hand

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Ever since writing my earlier blog post about whether we really need to teach cursive handwriting, Do Children Still Need to Learn Cursive?, I have been thinking more about it. Many parents are concerned that their children a... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
School Family Announces "Recipe Share"!

Apr 30, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Lunch, School Breakfast, Nutrition, Health and Fitness, After-School

At SchoolFamily.com, we’ve got some exciting news… We’re very pleased to announce the launch of Recipe Share, SchoolFamily.com’s new recipe section! Looking for a great afterschool snack to made for&m... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Most Important Question You Should Ask Your Child’s Teacher, Right Now!

Apr 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent-Teacher Conference, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the beginning of May, I highly recommend that all parents ask their child’s teacher a very important question: “Is my child on grade level?” If the answer is no, there is still enough time left in the sch... Read more