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Dealing with Morning Madness

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA Does the thought of getting out of bed and trying to get your child ready to leave the house make you want to crawl deeper under the covers each morning? Children need lots of time and a routine to follow each morning, or chaos can accompany the Cornflakes, and bad tempers […]

Back to School Balancing Act

By Tim Jahn, M.ED For pre-teens, especially those entering middle school, the first weeks of September can be demanding. Back to school brings a fresh start for academic success — a chance for your child to make significant headway towards good grades. It also means reconnecting with friends they haven’t seen for two months and […]

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Dinah Torres Castro It’s that time of year…parent-teacher conferences are around the corner! If it’s your first parent-teacher conference, you may be anxious about what to expect. Here are some tips that will help even the veteran parent feel more at ease and better able to handle the meeting in a way that will […]

Extracurricular Excess

By Tim Jahn, M.ED It’s generally accepted that participation in extracurricular activities has many benefits. There is a positive correlation between extracurricular participation and school performance. Teams and clubs help kids make friends and acquire social skills, especially important for introverted teens who may have difficulty socializing on their own. Sports and athletic programs teach […]

Getting Ready for School: First Impressions Do Matter

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA How your child responds to his first days of school is important because it may affect his feelings about school for a long time to come. If he has a good first impression of kindergarten and he isn’t disappointed or made to feel ill-prepared, he’s more likely to believe school to […]

Laptop Note taking Versus Handwriting Note Taking

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Years ago, most of us listened to our teachers and took notes in each class utilizing pen (or pencil) and paper (in marble or spiral notebooks, or in loose leaf binders). In today’s world, laptop computers have become most popular for note taking, especially for college students who carry these […]

Vaccines for College Students

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE It’s the time of year when our high school graduates are getting ready to attend college in the fall, and we’re racing to take them to the doctor for their school physicals and necessary vaccines. The following are 4 vaccine areas emphasized and recommended for college students and young adults […]

The Importance of Routines for Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro Every new parent has a moment when they realize life with a new baby is hard. But there is something that can make things easier…routine. Routines are repeated, predictable events that provide a foundation for daily tasks. Some parents resist establishing routines because they think, “I’ve got this…I’ll sleep when she […]

Responding to Shyness

By Nancy Olsen-Harbich, MA You’re picking your child up from preschool and meet another mother in the hallway. School lets out and her child comes bounding over, hugs her mother, and politely greets you by name. Your child comes over, hides behind you, and barely mumbles a shy “hi.” Many parents in that situation would […]

Skills for Success

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Kindergarten teachers call them school readiness skills, employers call them soft skills, and child development professionals refer to them as executive function skills. Regardless of what you call them, they all refer to a skill set that research shows is the best predictor of success in school, relationships, work, and […]

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