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Thursday, July 28, 2011

4 Free Fun Math Activities for Summer

Summer is coming to end, and it is important that your children didn’t lose the math skills they learned during the school year. Math facts (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, percentages, etc.) slip away with no reinforcement. How about spending sometime focusing on and practicing math skills with your children?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The ABC’s of Parenting: Belonging

Today’s post is on the importance of belonging. The need to belong is especially true for children. As a parent, supporting your children and helping them feel that they belong is critical to their growth.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Great Summer Reading List for Kids

Today is the birthday of John Newbery. John Newbery was the first bookseller and publisher to make children’s books a specialty. He was born July 19, 1713. The American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal annually to outstanding children’s books.

Summertime is a wonderful time to explore and enjoy a new book with your children. If you haven’t been to the library lately, then it’s time to visit and check out one of these great Newbery Award Winners.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teach Your Child About Flag Etiquette

Today, June 14th we celebrate Flag Day.
Here’s a great summertime activity:  Teach your child about flag etiquette, the importance of the United States flag and some interesting flag facts. Thanks to Lois Jamieson (www.kidswithoutstuff.com) for sharing her article.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Parenting from 2 to 42

When children are young, growing and moving through their elementary years, parents have responsibilities in many ways. As a parent, you are responsible for the support, direction and guidance of your child’s life, from keeping an eye on activities to assisting with homework to driving to clubs to giving hugs.

However -- many parents don’t realize that parenting responsibilities don’t end when their child starts high school.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How to Support a Creative Child

In titling this post, “How to Support a Creative Child,” I realized that I should have titled it, “How to Encourage Creativity in all Children.” I believe that all children are born with a creative gift; however some children have had their creativity “bud” squashed by parents who are overly critical, or who continuously hover, not allowing their children to think or reason on their own. Other children have had their creativity “bud” nurtured through proactive parenting and good use of simple parenting techniques.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Simple Parenting Tips: How to Choose the Right School

When choosing a school for your child, there are many areas to investigate and options to consider. You will need to look at all the choices and narrow them down to the one school that is a perfect fit for your child. I recommend making two visits to a school, one announced and one unannounced.

First, you will need to decide on whether your child will attend a private, public or charter school. If you are not sure of the difference, you can go to: Charter-Public-Private: What's the Difference?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

15 Free Fun Family Activities for Summer

Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer. Don’t know what to do with the kids?

Below are 15 free, fun and enjoyable activities you can do with your kids this summer.
1. Go on a hike.
Project:  Collect leaves, twigs and rocks and create a collage or shadow box when you get home.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Charter – Public – Private: What’s The Difference?

It is important as a parent to understand all the options of schooling for your child. When I was a child, there was only one choice and that was the school down the street in my neighborhood or possibly a parochial school. However, things have changed and you now have a number of options when choosing a school for your child. School choices range from public schools to private schools to charter schools to homeschooling. And -- then there are magnet schools, visual arts schools, prep schools and many others. It’s critical to your child’s success and your happiness to find the right “fit” for your child.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Guide to Overcoming Test Anxiety for Teens


Most high school students take high-stakes tests during the spring months. The tests range from state academic assessments to college entrance examinations. Teenagers taking high-stakes tests can become extremely frustrated. Test anxiety affects many teenagers causing them to blank out, lose focus and have unnecessarily high levels of stress.

Below are 16 tips specifically for teenagers to overcome test anxiety:

The night before the test:
1.       Cut back on your after school activities.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Parents, Teach Your Children to Pause, Ponder and Protect Their Identity and Financial Future!

Guest post by:  Marilyn Prosch, Ph.D., CIPP
                                Associate Professor
                                W.P. Carey School of Business
                                Department of Information Systems
                                Privacy by Design Research Lab

As parents you may worry about your children losing their skateboards and bicycles, so you teach them to protect them, perhaps even lock them up.  You may also worry about your children losing their cell phones, iPods, or perhaps even a gift card; so you teach your kids to keep them close at hand. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Alcohol Awareness Month

Join Simple Parent Tips in Supporting Alcohol Awareness Month!

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems, including alcohol poisoning, hangovers, and an increased risk of heart disease. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Simple Parent Tips encourages you to take this time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

11 Reasons Why Empowerment Trumps Bullying


We have all read the articles, watched the news and viewed the videos on bullying. We all know bullying is a crisis in the United States. But -- what are we, as individuals, doing to stop bullying? One way we can stop bullying is through empowerment. Empowering our children, our families, our schools and our neighbors to stop bullying NOW.

Here are 11 reasons why empowerment trumps bullying:

Monday, March 28, 2011

How To Help Your Child Enjoy Reading - 15 Simple Tips

Is it a struggle to get your child to read? Does your child dislike reading? If your child doesn’t want to read at home or doesn’t like to read, then reading becomes a struggle. Reading should be fun and enjoyable and not a chore. So – what can you do to help? How can you support your child when he struggles to read?