You Will Be Disappointed…And You Will Live

Nov 27, 2015 by

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One of the most important things we can teach our kids is to be resilient, to bounce back better and stronger than before, with a bit of self-knowledge or one of those essential life lessons under their belt and the ability to handle disappointment the next time it knocks on the door, as it inevitably does.

My son is a self-identified “sports kid.” He plays baseball and basketball pretty well – he’s not the best kid on the team, but he puts his heart and soul into every game he plays which earns him points both on the field and with the coaches. But, as he gets older and moves up to the senior middle school leagues and coaches start to prep the kids for high school teams, the competition is tougher and skill becomes more important than heart.

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10 Ways Not To Dress Your Kids For Halloween

Oct 30, 2015 by

It goes without saying that any costume with the word “sexy” in it should probably be avoided, but there are other ways for parents to fail big time at Halloween…like costuming their kids as TV’s famous meth-dealing duo, a pack of smokes, and yes, even a condom. Check out 10 epic Halloween costume fails.

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I wonder what this family will be giving out to trick or treaters?

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Anyone want to guess what mom’s costume is?

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Nothing like giving your kid a heaping dose of self-esteem.

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Another School Year, Another Redshirting Discussion

Sep 18, 2015 by

Every few years the topic of redshirting arises at the State level. Legislators are currently debating the possibility of requiring children to start Kindergarten in line with the current December 31, cut off date, and not allowing the parent to choose to hold the child back until they decide he or she is ready – typically one year after the child is eligible to attend Kindergarten. While I do see both sides of the issue, I strongly feel it should be up to the parent to decide.

Fundamentally, I don’t believe that a one-size-fits all approach should be taken with children, particularly in regard to their education. As any parent can tell you, even within the same family, children have wildly different personalities and a wide range of abilities. Making the decision to send a child to school at four years old is probably one of the first big decisions parents of “ber” (as in September, October, November and December), have to make – and it is a big one that will likely set them up for their entire educational experience. While some children are ready, at 4, to sit through an entire day of structured learning activities that include reading and mathematics, and can achieve the required Common Core benchmarks, many more have difficulty doing so. You have to wonder if forcing children into that situation would be beneficial for anyone, parents, teachers, and, ultimately the student.

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10 Ways You Know Your Kids Are Getting Older

Jul 24, 2015 by

Last Sunday’s hazy, hot, and humid weather was the perfect excuse for us to enjoy a lazy day at the beach. As we sat in our chairs under our umbrella, we watched the families chasing their little tykes and reminding them not to throw sand, walk on the blanket with their sand-caked feet, and desperately trying to wipe the sand off their food after it had been dropped. It brought me right back to when my son was that age – the beach always seemed like a good idea, but it was definitely not the relaxing day that I anticipated – it was work. Of course, there were lots of fun times and happy memories, but I don’t think I actually sat on the beach in those days for more than 5 minutes at a time.

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Tips for Sending Your Kid to Sleepaway Camp

Jul 10, 2015 by

It usually begins around Memorial Day.  My Facebook feed starts filling up with articles touting the benefits of a ’70’s-style “free-range” summer for kids.  Remember those? Out from dawn to dusk, pick-up sports games and hide and seek in the dark, riding in the “way-back” of the station wagon-without seat belts. Good times, for sure! Give your kid the gift of benign neglect, they say…well, I work full time. So according to some people, I’m already ahead of the game.

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