Every parent wants their child to be successful in school, but for some, despite best intentions, success seems elusive. Kids don’t like the homework, the school lunch, the teacher, or their new-year excitement quickly fades. What makes one child more successful in school than another? There are many factors, to be sure, but if you pressed this former teacher and parent of … [Read more...] about Recipe for School Success: Read, Read, Read
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I’ve always been fascinated by what makes some people super motivated, and others, not so much. I found this particularly interesting when I saw differences in motivation between my children. Why do I have two kids who are equally clever, yet one is disappointed with a certain mark or grade in school, while the other thinks it is more than acceptable? A few weeks ago I … [Read more...] about How To Motivate An Unmotivated Kid
Football has once again taken over our lives as my son Nicholas has started his second season of football. As much as I talk about how important sports are to children, I am starting to realize the commitment it takes to be a parent of a sports kid and it's a lot! Practices began in August with two hour practices, 3 days a week. Then Saturday morning pre-season games, which … [Read more...] about How to Make Sports Practice Fun For Moms!
Last winter, I tried five times, unsuccessfully, to take a business trip from New York to Phoenix. On all five attempts, my flight was delayed and then cancelled for weather-related reasons. In my view, this really meant five wasted trips to the airport and dozens of hours I will never get back. For us working mommies, every minute counts and I’m always on the hunt for ways to … [Read more...] about Business Travel Shortcuts For The Working Parent
So, you want your child to become a better writer. Good plan! The ability to write clearly and with ease is one that will help your child from first grade through the rest of his or her life. Sure, school will teach your child the fundamentals of writing (grammar, syntax, and such), but that won’t necessarily make it easy or fun. Take-home essays and … [Read more...] about Help Your Child Develop Good Writing Skills