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Parent Connection 101
By Dr. Joni Samples on February 16, 2012
Staying connected with your children isn't an option. They are with you from the moment they are born and forever after. It's their most important connection as well as yours. So let's make it the most worth while investment in time possible. Today and in the future this blog will explore connecting with your children in activities that are fun while developing thinking and learning skills. Join me while we start with a visit to an aquarium and Stevie's imagination...    Read more...
7 Ways to be a Superhero in your Child's Scholastic Upbringing
By Lauren Landes [Guest Article] on January 26, 2012

The earlier parents get involved in their children's education, the more powerful the effects. Here are seven ways parents can be true superheroes in their child's scholastic upbringing.

Will Your Child Be Prepared for Careers That Dont Yet Exist?
By Susan Kruger, M.Ed [Guest Article] on November 9, 2011
In order to give children a competitive advantage in this Information Age and global economy, we must teach them how to learn strategically -- to organize themselves, process new information efficiently, make critical decisions about that information and access it at a later time. Learn why these skills are critical for your children.   Read more...
How to Support Your Gifted Child's Education
By Paula J. Hillmann, Ph.D. on April 2, 2011
Gifted students need parental involvement and support too! This article describes the characteristics of gifted learners, provides examples of the areas where exceptional abilities often occur, describes what to look for in schools and programs for advanced learners, and presents ways of becoming an engaged, collaborative parent.    Read more...
Why Children Fail to Listen
By Jane Nelsen, Ed.D. [Guest Article] on February 1, 2010
Learn why lectures don't work and how to motivate and inspire your children without criticism. Jane Nelsen, author and co-author of 18 books including the "Positive Discipline Series" and "Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World," discusses the art of listening as a parent. 
Homework: What to do when Students Don't Do It
By Susan Kruger, M.Ed. [Guest Article] on August 27, 2009
What are the most common excuses children give when they don't do their homework? How can parents work to overcome them? This article helps parents set expectations and boundaries, listen well, and set the stage for cooperation.   Read more...
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