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Burdensome Backpacks: Too Heavy To Bear?

Is your child’s backpack too heavy? Is toting school supplies and books going to cause your child problems, both now and in the future? Before you let your child load up that backpack again, take a look at a few of the recommended guidelines below. It may just save your child from a future of chronic back pain!

From Children’s Stories To Study Skills: Help Your Children Succeed In School

As a parent who wants the best for your children, there are undoubtedly many things that you already do every day to help your children succeed in school. The purpose of this article is to provide some practical ideas for you to try. Some of these suggestions may be new to you, many will be familiar, and some are just plain common sense but, hopefully, they will all serve as reminders of the many simple steps you can take that are too often taken for granted or forgotten about, due to the hectic pace of everyday living.

Let’s Draw Together

When you take the time to do a drawing with your preschool child you have the opportunity to enjoy working together to make something beautiful that both of you can take pride in. As you work talk about what you see being made. Name each color as you use it. Describe the shapes that evolve as you add lines one after another.

Bringing The Lessons Home

The bottom line is to talk to your children and invite them to talk to you. The more you try to understand how they feel and help them understand how an event happened, the more coping skills your child will develop. And, as we have documented, social skills are essential for doing well, both in school and in life.

First Day Jitters

It’s that time once again. The short summer months will begin to wind down soon; lazy days at the pool or the beach will come to an end. Sleeping past 8:00am will only be for the weekends. Summer camps will be over, and there will be no more late evenings for the kids.

Finding Happiness In Your Child

Once you associate happiness with goals, both you and your child are primed for a fall. The goals, many of which are unobtainable, become traps; if they can’t be reached, neither can your happiness. And by focusing on the goal, the path is often ignored.

Finding Answers To Underachievement

Finding answers to a child’s underachievement is often a difficult and complex process. Let intuition be your guide, knowing when and how to ask the right questions. Here are 7 steps to help guide you.

Valentines And Values

In spite of the cookies, punch, temporary suspension of school work, and the festive atmosphere of this atypical school day, Betsy, a third grader in a suburban Michigan elementary school, was not having a good day. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she is 30 pounds overweight and just opened her fifth valentine containing a picture of a pig.

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