How to Prevent Your Child From Picking Up Negative Behaviors

One of our cats is diabetic, and I found myself in the vet’s waiting room late one afternoon with my two uniformed children, freshly retrieved from their magnet preschool/early elementary school. Their blue and khaki outfits informed the woman sitting across from us of the district they attend. She knew because it turns out she… Read More How to Prevent Your Child From Picking Up Negative Behaviors

The Parental Stew

As parents, we hope (and also fear) that we are the predominant influence in our children’s lives.  But there are many more players in the game of child-rearing.  I have been thinking back on all the people in my life who contributed and compensated for that which my parents could not give me. I was… Read More The Parental Stew

What Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Teacher

Once again, it’s that time of year when parents everywhere walk with a little extra pep in their step. That’s right… school is back in session! My first-born will attend her first day of preschool next week. It’s definitely bittersweet, though. On one hand, I am so excited for her to have the opportunity to meet new… Read More What Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Teacher

Students with Disabilities, Public Schools & Standardized Testing

This article popped up in my Facebook newsfeed the other day.  You should read it, but I’ll summarize it by explaining that it’s by a mother of a 13-year-old girl on the Autism spectrum, who relates the story of how, despite her daughter’s varied and meaningful educational successes, the New York State Department of Education… Read More Students with Disabilities, Public Schools & Standardized Testing