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Parents: Are you a Visionary Thinker?
By Dr. Joni Samples on March 10, 2012
Parents with visionary thinking support their children in creating and reaching their dreams by supporting learning. See how parents from the Home Gardens Elementary School created vision for their children. Give yourself ideas about how you can help create and support your child’s dreams.   Read more...
4 Ways Divorced Parents Foster Children's School Success
By Scott Morgan, J.D. [Guest Article] on March 6, 2012
Divorce affects a child's life, no matter what their age. School performance is one area that can be significantly impacted by divorce. Parents can foster positive outcomes in four big ways!   Read more...
My Tiger Mom�s Subtle Ways
By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Ed.D. on February 28, 2012
I never thought of mine as a Tiger Mom. She was nothing like Amy Chua in her captivating book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Mine was an easy-going Japanese mother who simply encouraged us to do our best in school by having high expectations and setting a good example as a hard-working parent. I used this comforting image to justify my own laid back approach to parenting and the belief that motivation to learn had to come from within the child.   Read more...
Development Occurs in Relationship
By Josette Luvmour, PhD on February 25, 2012
A child’s relationship with educators and parents is central to the child’s perception of self and the world. Children learn in informal interactions with educators and in the family environment during everyday activities. To make those interactions as effective as possible, it is important to understand how the child sees the world and to nurture that child’s developmental needs. We can co-create educational environments with supportive relationships that match the child’s developmental capacities. Well-being flourishes in both child and adult.   Read more...
Help! My Child is so Intense and Sensitive!
By Paula J. Hillmann, PhD, LPC on February 18, 2012
I received a call the other day from a mom who was having difficulty with her son’s ‘melt-downs’ over what should be only minor problems. “Please help me!” she said. “Tommy cries at the slightest thing – what can we do to stop this behavior?” Can we “stop” a child's feelings of intensity and sensitivity? Probably not – since they are part of your child’s personality “package.” Can we “change” the behavior? YES!   Read more...
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...
Self Sufficient or Independent Child?
By Connie K. Grier, M.Ed. on February 11, 2012
As our children mature, they will still need our intervention in a number of areas. The nature of the intervention, however, is what can make the difference between a self-sufficient child and an overly-dependent one.   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...
Bullying Prevention Skills & Techniques for Children
By Mark Lakewood [Guest Article] on March 2, 2011
How do we help children respond to bullies in ways that limits or eradicates their victimization? Involved parents can help children understand that victims of bullying are never responsible for being bullied. Learn how to teach your child to respond in ways that bullies don't expect.
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