Parenting

What the Heck is Executive Functioning?

What the Heck is Executive Functioning?

After I explained the directions, my student Jane always asked what we were doing. She brought the wrong notebook to class. All the time. Her backpack was a mess and her planner was empty. Twenty minutes into an activity and she had just started it. […]

Why You Need to Take Academic Risks

Why You Need to Take Academic Risks

“What play did President Lincoln go see the night he was assassinated?” my 11th grade English teacher asked the class. “Our American Cousin,” this history nerd muttered. But apparently loud enough for the boy in front of me to hear. When the teacher announced it […]

Sure Fire Tips for Better Communication with Teachers

Sure Fire Tips for Better Communication with Teachers

When I taught, I used to check my e-mail on the weekends. But over time, I started getting more e-mails from parents that would ruin my entire weekend. So, I stopped checking my e-mail on the weekends. It wasn’t convenient for my students, but it […]

Homework Battles: How to end them for good!

Homework Battles: How to end them for good!

“How can I get Jake to do his homework?” If I had a dollar for every time a parent asked me this question during my teaching career, I wouldn’t be working anymore. No joke. Homework battles were the biggest problems facing most of my parents. […]

5 Ways to Make Your Teen’s Back-to-School Awesome

5 Ways to Make Your Teen’s Back-to-School Awesome

An e-mail arrived from my mom titled “Your Last First Day of School.” It was my senior year of college and I about to head off to the first day of classes. But I would leave a few minutes late and wiping my eyes. My […]

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

This is a guest post by Sarah Cummings. Teenagers are known for their moodiness, getting in relentless tit-for-tat spats with their parents, and sleeping all day long. But this might not be how teenagers are supposed to behave after all. And there is a solution […]

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

This lady loves a good bargain. A few years ago, I was inspired by the show Extreme Couponing and went all in. My crazy couponing days are past me, but I still break out the coupons every fall for some thrifty Back to School shopping. […]

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Why Your Teen Needs a Summer Job

Looking back on my teen summers, my memories are . . . pretty hazy. All right, I don’t remember much except when we left home for a vacation. Other than that, they all blend. I believe I spent my time going to friends’ houses, reading, […]

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

My first year of teaching was exhausting. Literally and figuratively. There were multiple times when I took a nap Friday afternoon and woke up the next morning. But I survived my first year and was proud of what I had done. Yet, when I started […]

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

What NOT to Say When Your Child is Failing

I was a tad… high strung in high school and college about academics. Bless her, my mother regularly received crying phone calls from me when I got overwhelmed. Much of the time, letting me talk it out usually sufficed. But there were times when I […]