Why are so many parents opting out of standardized testing for their children? Why are teachers “cheating” on their students’ standardized tests? Why must every kid in every school in every state learn the exact same content? I wish I had an answer to those questions because they are burning in the minds of parents, teachers, and administrators across the country.
We've all heard the adage "a couple who plays together stays together." But what exactly constitutes "play?" Are spouses supposed to spend hours engaged in tickle fights, Wii jousting matches, and quick-paced rounds of UNO? Perhaps. There is, however, a way to make play productive--combining "having fun" with expanding your minds and acquiring new skill sets. How? Take a class.
Math is a subject that we all need to master. If you have a child that is struggling in this subject, it can be difficult to help him or her find the fun in it. With common core standards math becoming increasingly prevalent in schools, a parent must be proactive to keep their kids interested in math. Here are 5 ways you can do that. Start Early
There’s a reason why it’s called an educational institution. That’s because when most kids go to school, they feel like they are in jail, restricted from the fun they can have at home, in the field, or with friends. Why can’t their education be fun, too? Why must it always be structured and equalized? Why must education meet the needs of all children all the time in a diverse classroom? Why must the federal government continue to mandate changes for something they appear to be unqualified to change? How can we put the FUN back i
One of the most commonly quoted statistics about marriage is that half of all marriages end in divorce, but researchers are starting to challenge that scary statistic. They say that the divorce rate is leveling off and even dropping! Our expert explains why.
Kids notice differences in other people. They are not "colorblind" as some adults like to pretend, and thank God, since all of our many differences are such an important part of our individual and cultural identities. And while it's perfectly natural for kids to notices racial differences, they do not naturally judge one set of characteristics as superior or preferred, until some adult teaches them to prefer certain characteristics.
Let me warn you! My ideas about school and education are anything but conventional... How are your kids doing in school? Do they excel in their studies? Are they given attention for what they need to improve? Do they fit in? Are they HAPPY in school? Do they even like it?
Does my child have an attention or behavioral problem? Parents, teachers, and many health professionals are often at a loss when it comes to identifying and modifying problematic childhood behavior. The nuances of child behavior are just like those of adult behavior. How does one define what is genuinely problematic and indicative of a larger problem? When parents and their children are referred to my practice for attention, concentration, behavioral, or underachievement problems, a thorough assessment ensues. Many parents have tried a multi
Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington have all lent their voices to 'Girl Rising', a film that advocates female education.
Lately there have been a lot of questions in regard to how best to manage ADHD within the family. ADHD is not isolated to the individual (or individuals) in the family that have it. It affects the entire family on a daily basis in significant ways. When a family member presents with what we would consider many common ADD symptoms, and has been properly diagnosed, the next step is;
October can easily be colored pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month or splashed with purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. However, this year I choose to honor the month with yellow and blue because it's also Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
I'm Jodie Rodenbaugh and this is my story. It's a story that only I direct. This is my story of feeling stripped of everything I once knew. My experience left me naked and vulnerable, but through that pain, I found strength from a power much greater than myself.
It's 2012, so we're long beyond the archaic concept that men should be breadwinners in a relationship, right? Eh, maybe not.
Schools often mislead parents regarding their rights or just don't inform them. If you know your child is struggling in school, don't wait in hope that things will get better. Act on your child's behalf; get an assessment and find your child the support that may be needed.
This back-to-school time is a special one for me. Our oldest child is starting Kindergarten. While I have spent years talking to parents about how to help them get their children ready for school, this year, I am living it right along with millions of other parents. I find myself feeling excited, sad, scared, worried, eager, and confused. Can you relate to any of that? I am pretty sure our daughter feels all those emotions as well. So, the questions becomes, how do we deal with all this transition?