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The Psychology Behind Your Child’s Report Card

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The end of the first quarter of this school year is fast approaching. For many students, especially high-performing students, this means scrambling to turn in any missing assignments, checking to ensure their scores have...
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How You Can Help Prevent Sports Injuries

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Sports help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, have fun, learn teamwork, play fair, and improve self-esteem. But which sport is best for your child? What equipment do you need? What as...
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True Life: I’m a Sickle Cell Mom

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Packed bags, bottled water, and Motrin — I am always prepared for a last-minute hospital night’s stay, to hydrate, or to treat the onset of a pain crisis. My reality is that I am a...
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How to Help Our Children Love to Learn Again

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After the 2020–2021 school year, how can you help children love to learn again? We all know how hard last school year was, but it’s time for a new chapter and a fresh start....
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Dear Parent, From a Teacher: The Definition of Kindness

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The definition of kindness is: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Y’all we have been through A LOT in the past 17 months. Some days we might not even know what day it is,...

Dear Parent, From a School Counselor: Talking to Your Kids About Back-to-School Uncertainty

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Planning the return to school this fall feels a little uncertain this year. It’s definitely not 2020, but many parents are still feeling a little less confident about the kids returning to school than...
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Working Toward a Positive Body Image

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Do you remember the first time you thought your body wasn’t good enough? In 4th grade, I remember a boy calling me chubby. In 5th grade, I remember sitting out of a pool party...
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Parents: Please Vaccinate, Before It’s Too Late

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When I was in fifth grade, I just knew I wanted to be a nurse. I read every women’s biography in my elementary- and middle-school libraries, including those about nurses such as Florence Nightingale,...
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Dear Parent, From a Teacher: Closing the Gap

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As we embark on the next chapter of your child’s education, one thought often comes to mind, "My child is so far behind. How will the learning gap close? How will my child get...

Taming the Toy Tornado

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I was at the end of my rope when it came to the toy situation in our home. The constant tidying, distracting aesthetics of each room, and the disinterest and lack of focus from...

Dear Parent, From a Teacher: 8 Ways to Prep Your Child for Their First...

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As a mom preparing to send your little one to school for the first time, you’ve probably purchased a tiny backpack, labeled water bottles, and scoured Pinterest for lunch ideas. Now that you’ve checked...
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3 Tips for Buying in a Hot Purchase Market

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You found it. Your dream home. The place you and your family will live for the rest of your lives (well until the kids hopefully move out). But then it happens. It’s already under contract...