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How to get the most out of your parent-teacher conference

As your child gets older, interaction with teachers is less common, sometimes only during a very brief 10-minute meeting two or three times a year. Parents are often startled to find this process is more like an assembly line that can devolve into an exchange of "Everything's fine. Keep up the good work," which might tell you absolutely nothing. To ...read more

Four Financial Tricks to Make Your Child Money-Savvy

Jonathan Clements, in the Wall Street Journal today, had some useful reminders for moms and dads trying to teach their kids good money skills. We actually practice some of these on our eight-year old. Our friend, Harvey Beck at ActiveAllowance.com writes a lot in his blog about his money experiments on his two boys and finds that a lot of these str ...read more

More Dads Getting Involved at School

Gone are the days in which men left all of the parenting advice and school volunteering opportunities to their wives.According to parental involvement groups such as the PTA, more fathers are taking a hands-on approach and getting involved in their children's education.Although men comprise just 10 percent of overall PTA members, this proportion in ...read more

Parent’s Participation in Children’s Education

No matter what your parenting style, the key to a successful academic experience is to partner with your children in their education. You cannot expect the school district to bear sole responsibility for the teaching of a child. Education is a process, so stick with your child each step along the way to ensure a smooth transition through the years. ...read more

How to Get Kids to Love Nature

Kids today are surprisingly tech savvy—they are familiar with the latest gizmos and, in fact, could teach dad a thing or two about using the computer, mobile phone, or console. However, this exceptional ability may be coming at a price. Today's kids are also becoming increasingly isolated from nature—author Richard Louv calls it 'nature-defic ...read more

Top 6 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

Our attitudes towards money are, to a great extent, shaped by our parents. And yet, according to a study, less than 50 % parents admit to teaching their kids about finance. Here are six great ways to help kids grow up with a healthy attitude towards money. 1. Practice what you preach. Children learn best by observing their parents. If your kids gro ...read more

Back to school flashcards

First, an admission: I started fifth grade without knowing my multiplication tables. Now, they teach multiplication in second or third grade. My kid will already be a leg up on me by age seven. Second, I have a worry that my daughter will be frustrated by math and will very quickly decide it’s not for her. That’s why I just ...read more

Starting School: The First Few Weeks

Some children take to preschool like a fish to water without as much as a wave goodbye to parents. Most others take a lot longer, some up to a month. This time can be very, very trying for parents. Here are some tips to help you navigate the first month if your child continues to seem to have difficulty and to assess your concern that you've chos ...read more

Starting School: The First Day

If you have done the pre-work in helping your child imagine what a day in the life at the new preschool will be, the first day should be much easier. The key on this day is to be as relaxed and as positive as you can be. Your child will be keying his emotions off of yours. Leave yourself lots of time to get ready and to get to school. Be sure to ...read more

Starting School: Preparing for the Big Day

Your preschooler is entering the first and biggest transition in his/her little life. Preschools across the country handle the separation of children from their parents in myriad ways. Regardless of your school's particular approach, there are very concrete, helpful things you can do as parents with your little one to make this transition an easi ...read more

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