It’s January, and Time for a New (Paper) Calendar!

My daughter comes home from school and says she have a book report due in three weeks. I make a note on my laptop or phone as a reminder. Two weeks later, I ask her about the assignment and she says “I forgot”. My phone beeps with a reminder that it is garbage...

“Happy Holidays from My Family to Yours”

The holidays are here! Hopefully they will be filled with fun times: visiting with families and friends, presents, sharing with those less fortunate, good food. But they are also filled with your children – school is on vacation! Don’t try to stay busy...

“Why Your Kids Need to Fail”

Yes, they do. Our children need to fail, so they learn that they can come back from failure. So they learn that failure is simply the first try. We love our kids so much. We work for, and hope for, their happiness. We do not want them to experience sadness, failure,...

“Taming the Homework Monster…at Every Age”

An Overview of Homework Homework can be difficult for families. Many kids don’t like it and many parents are challenged by how to help. ▪Homework is beneficial to students, as it reinforces lessons learned at school. ▪Homework should be a review of...

8 Steps to Prepare for School

. Yikes! Here in California, some kids are already back to school. But if you are lucky/unlucky enough to still have some summer vacation left, here are some strategies for easing into the new school year. Transition slowly from your summer schedule to your school...

Mid-Summer Reminders

Toddlers * Leave your cell phone next to your child’s car seat in the back as a reminder. * Use sunscreen and play in the shade as much as possible * Provide calm breaks during their long day of playing. * Try to be indoors during the hottest hours of the day. *...