Category Archives: Conversation Starters

Let kids be kids, homework can wait until later

      Sometimes I think it's fun to find out what your average everyday parent thinks about school, education and homework.  I came across an article by Karen Cruickshanks written for the Sydney Morning Herald (in Australia).  She seems to … Continue reading

Posted in Conversation Starters | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Communicating with Your Adolescent

According to Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, "Most parents want to get along with their kids as well as possible. Since it sometimes feels like you come from different planets, however, getting along with your teens is a lot easier said … Continue reading

Posted in Conversation Starters | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music to your ears….Music for THEIR minds!

Unfortunately, many schools seem to be reducing (or even eliminating!) music programs. This is just "wrong" on many levels.   Eliminating your school music program –>suggests that music is extracurricular–not really important; –>inhibits some disadvantaged (but talented) students from blossoming and blooming … Continue reading

Posted in Conversation Starters | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

44 Presidents in 4 minutes–Really!

Not all learning needs to be boring.  Can you name all the presidents in order? (can anyone???) Here's a YouTube video that gives a really great view of all 44 of them–in just four minutes.  You might wonder (or ask your … Continue reading

Posted in Conversation Starters | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s in “The News”?

Parents are teachers–but not in the traditional go-to-school way.  Children learn what to think and how to behave and how to do things from their parents starting almost on "day one".  They watch us and attempt to imitate our behaviors.  … Continue reading

Posted in Conversation Starters | Tagged , , | Leave a comment