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Does anyone feel like summer zipped by in the blink of an eye? August is pretty much here and knocking on our doors, which also means that most students in Jacksonville will be heading back to school very soon....
It’s the most vulnerable place for a lover to be, having children. It’s the equivalent of a planetary love-pole reversal. How else do parents claim they love their children so much, but do the most unloving things? Watching your children...
Kindergarten is an exciting year for both students and parents. In this milestone year, children learn important reading and writing skills, explore new math and science concepts, learn essential social and emotional skills, and much more. It’s a wonderful...
The new school year is only days away, and it is time to make sure your child’s backpacks are ready and be certain they have finished their summer work. Here at Jacksonville Country Day School, our faculty and staff...
This is a true story about how I went from fairly normal, if not a little dramatic at times, to batsh*t crazy in the span of 36 hours. My daughter graduated from high school. It was awesome and hard and...
Ninety percent of a child's brain develops by age 5. Although the brain continues to develop into adulthood, the early years build a foundation for future learning. A child's experience with other people and other environments is critical at...
“I don’t like asking questions in class because a lot of the teachers tell us we should already know the material.” As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I began to become furious after I heard gifted kid after gifted kid...
Few things give us the warm fuzzies more than a child sleeping peacefully. But if they don't get adequate snooze time, be it through naps or bedtime, it can actually affect far more than your kiddo's mood. While loud snoring...
Who are these gifted kids and teens? These are kids who enjoy expressing themselves through the arts, academics, or in other ways. I consider all children gifted, as every child has unique talents, skills, or other characteristics that they...
As parents, we’ve all been there. We open our kid's backpack to see what treasures they left us, only to find the colorful pages of a book fair flyer. If you’re anything like me, you may have mixed feelings...
If you’re like me, I stressed about middle school WAAAAY before I needed to be stressed. Put it this way: I attended Fifth Grade Parent Information nights at our surrounding middle schools as a fourth-grade parent, and again as a...
Just when I figured out the best approach to parenting my firstborn, her brother came along. Surely, I could apply the same parenting strategies with him that I learned from the previous two-and-a-half years? Boy, was I wrong. In fact, my three...

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