Parenting with a PhD: Keeping Homework in Perspective

We’ve probably all seen this: Fort Worth, TX, Teacher Brandy Young’s note to parents that her 2nd grade students would not be assigned regular homework, other than nightly reading, for the year. Mrs. Young wrote this letter after reviewing research indicating that elementary school aged kids don’t significantly benefit from completing nightly homework. Instead, Mrs. ... Read More

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10 Tips for Dealing with a Bully

Approximately 160,000 students are absent from school each day nationwide due to fears of being bullied. The impact can be devastating on a child’s self esteem, academic performance and overall health. The statistics surrounding the number of children who are bullied, are heartbreaking. If you’re facing this already this school year… Try some of these ... Read More

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3 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Confidence

By: Justin Scarsella Every summer our Leadership Team has a unique opportunity to work with a local summer camp that serves boys and girls who have or have had cancer. As I was watching our students interacting with this group, I took a moment to reflect on how far these students have come – not ... Read More

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Tips for School Bus Safety

  School is in full swing for many kids and for many, school days mean sending those tiny humans off to the bus stop. So how do we keep our little ones safe when they board that bus? Here are a few tips to keep in mind and to remind your kids: Try to arrive ... Read More

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Teachers’ Tips for Back-to-School Success

As children return to school, feelings of anxiety can escalate. “Parents and other caregivers can teach their children simple strategies to help with anxiety, such as organizing materials and time, developing short scripts of what to do and say when anxiety increases, and learning coping strategies to relax under stressful conditions,” says Jennifer Cooper, Ph.D., ... Read More


Parenting with a PhD: Kids and Confidence

If you have a child who loves to be center stage, people will probably tell you to sign her up for acting classes. But, what about her brother who hides behind you when someone says hello in public: that’s the last activity you should consider for him, right? Maybe not. Research shows that the most ... Read More


Back to School Bucket List for Moms

You made it! Summer 2016 is thisclose to being in the books and you’re still standing. The house, might be a different story, but now that their Summer Bucket List is complete, how about a list of things for you now that the little darlings are headed back to school. Brunch! Brunch with your best ... Read More

How Parenting Is Like the Olympics

How Parenting is like the Olympics

Just because parenting isn’t categorized as a “sport” doesn’t mean it doesn’t sometimes feel like it is. Whether you’re participating in what feels like a marathon of a day, reffing the wrestling matches that can break out over a LEGO or Goldfish, or you’re in the heat of a serious training session with your 2 ... Read More


Creating Calm During the Witching Hour

It’s 4:15 pm.  There’s a certain anxious energy hanging in the air like smoke.  You know at any minute all hell is going to break loose because there’s something odd about that magic hour or so between 4:30 and 5:30.  I like to call it “The Witching Hour”, and it’s the time of day when ... Read More

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The temps are rising, you’re melting, and your iphone is giving you that scary “over heated” exclamation point. But have you tried telling your kids it’s too hot to play outside? I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t fly with my kids. Most kids just don’t care how hot, cold or rainy it ... Read More