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leukemia

Joe’s Story: A Battle of Bravery and Strength

Joe DeWaele’s story is one that is filled with bravery, strength, fear, laughter, and ultimately, love. My son Joe was just 8 years old when he was diagnosed with hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia on...
back to school

Dear Parent, From a Teacher: Easing Back to School — Practice, Celebrate, Read!

It’s that time of year again... back to school time! As a preschool teacher, I always get so excited to see school supplies line the shelves. That means one thing — it’s almost time...
back to school transition

Dear Parent, From a Teacher: 5 Ways to Make the Back-to-School Transition Run Smoothly

As a mom and a teacher, I am always shocked by how fast the summers fly by. I feel like just as I am starting to settle into a nice, relaxing summertime routine —...
anxiety

Awarded for Anxiety

"This next award goes to my no-complainer of the group, the one who goes with the flow in all situations…" I immediately teared up in my seat when my son received that end-of-the-year award back...

Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe From Summer Toxins

Poisonings can happen in the blink of an eye, and they're more common in the summer than you might think. With children home more often and spending time at the beach, having picnics, and running...
polarized

3 Tips to Nurture Your Kid’s Expansive Thinking Ability in a Polarized Society

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with gifted, creative, and high-performing kids. These kids are usually deep thinkers who may have high levels of emotional intelligence. They may understand the advantages,...

Reclaim Your Midday Meal: Easy Lunch Ideas for Mom

My love affair with lunch started innocently enough. A brief reprieve to eat with two hands while the baby napped. The one meal of the day that I got to eat whatever I wanted....
Parental Rights in Education Law

What Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Law Means for LGBTQ+ Families

Whether we’re for or against it — or even aware of it — new legislation exists for Florida public schools. On March 28, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education...
medicine cabinet

The Hidden Dangers of Your Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet may be a small space — but it can pack big danger. Often found in the master bathroom of homes, these shelves are liable to contain rows upon rows of prescription...
gifted kids

Should Our Gifted Kids Take Advantage of Every Opportunity for Success?

I was so excited when I received the email. There it was... an invitation for my kid to join an elite scholars program. What an opportunity! In this program, he would get the chance...
foster parent

Honest Thoughts From a Foster Parent

"I could never do that. I could never love a baby and give her back." If you are a foster parent, I bet you have heard this at some point. Maybe you have been just...
summer slide

Summer Slide No More: Tips to Help Your Child Avoid Learning Loss

While summer break is a good time for students to relax, it is important to use that time as a chance to catch up and avoid the “summer slide.” Every year, students lose several...