Category Archives: Parenting

Is Your Kid Addicted to Video Games?

According to an article this week by Donna St. George in the  Washington Post, a recent study finds some kids are addicted to video games.  The study "concludes that children can become addicted to playing video games, with some skimping on … Continue reading

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Do Schools kill creativity?

Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their … Continue reading

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Family involvement: what does the research say?

The Harvard Family Research Project took a long and hard look at the effects of "Family Involvement" and education.  According to an post by Mark Parkinson that summarizes the report: "Cumulative evidence from several decades of research points to several benefits of … Continue reading

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Will your kids LET YOU turn off the TV?

April 20-26  is TV Turn Off Week.  That's next week! Why would anyone suggest such a thing?  Perhaps it's a good idea (every now and then) so that the "habit" of watching TV can be examined.  Maybe it can stimulate some new … Continue reading

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Controlling the “techie tween”

In her blog post at , Gila Brown begins with: "The rise of gadgetry in today's society has many parents wondering "What is too much screen time?". Parents find that, once their kids are 'plugged-in', they are very much 'tuned-out' to … Continue reading

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Measuring Self-Esteem–How does your child measure up?

The authors of "The Triumphant Child suggest: "Self-esteem is the confidence and satisfaction a child has in them-self. In psychology, self-esteem reflects a person's overall self worth. Therefore, the development of a positive self-concept or healthy self-esteem is extremely important to … Continue reading

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Is your child being bullied at school?

If your child is being bullied at school, what's a parent to do?  Here's a great site that is full of questions AND ANSWERS from parents who've been-there-done-that.  Check out Parent's Answers at MamaPedia

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Our School Board–working hard for our kids

Last night's school board meeting (in Spokane, WA), was impressive.  The topic was the about the changes in the Math Curriculum– in form and function.  Clearly, the board members, the participants and the interested folks in the gallery all had … Continue reading

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Write your own “Family Constitution”….Why not?

  OK, maybe this might not look like an issue related to "Homework"…but it is! So much of what happens in families involves communication, commitment and common concern.  And, if we want our kids to take on a positive attitude … Continue reading

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Keeping College Costs Low–take advantage of FREE public education.

While browsing the news, I came across an article entitled: "Colleges spend billions to prep freshman".  Curious about why colleges should be doing this and why it costs THEM billions, I read on to discover a method of saving money … Continue reading

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