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Essential Reads

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» A Culture that Engages Every Family, Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D.

» How to Revitalize Your School-Parent Compact, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.

» How Do You Know if You're Really Open to Partnership, Anne Henderson & Karen Mapp

»PTA--Gateway to Engagement, Advocacy, and Access, Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

» The Power of Asking-Instead of Telling, Jody McVittie, M.D.

» Empathy in Action, Rick Ackerly, Ed.M.

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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.
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...
9 Triggers & Solutions for Managing your Child's Anger
By Toni Schutta [Guest Article] on May 13, 2009
Has your child thrown a tantrum lately, thrown toys across the room or hit a sibling? Odds are that s/he has! Listed in this article are nine common triggers for a child’s anger outbursts and possible solutions to help your child calm down. The solutions may also provide ways to prevent the next meltdown.   Read more...
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