10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School

Support from parents is key to helping kids do well academically.  Here are 10 ways parents can put their kids on track to be successful students. Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school night at the start of the school year is a great way to get to know your child’s teachers and their expectations. School administrators may discuss school-wide programs and policies, too. Attending parent-teacher conferences is another way to stay informed. These are usually held once or twice a year at progress reporting periods. The conferences are a

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10 Ways to Teach Your Children to Overcome Obstacles

Many children learn early that obstacles are either there for someone else to deal with, or not worth the trouble. Consequently, too many young people leave school and enter the workplace without a good grasp of what’s possible. Here are 10 ways to teach your children to overcome obstacles:       BE A ROLE MODEL Kids learn most of what they know about problem-solving by watching their parents; demonstrate the deep satisfaction that comes with negotiating a challenge EQUIP THEM WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS Impart in them motivation, self-confidence, sound judgment, and experience in solving small problems PLAY PROBLEM-SOLVING GAMES AS

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Four Ways Schools Can Support the Whole Child

Four Ways Schools Can Support the Whole Child Currently, our education system often focuses on a narrow sliver of children’s cognitive development with an emphasis on transmitting content knowledge, often to be memorized and repeated in the same form it was received. Lessons in math, science, and reading—and tests in those skills—dominate the curriculum.  While those subjects are fundamental, learning involves far more than merely acquiring inert knowledge in algebra or chemistry. Such a narrow focus gives short shrift to the ways that children need to grow and learn in their relationships, identity, emotional understanding, and overall well-being.  Recent research

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5 Ways to Build a Support System Among Family Members

A familial support system can be between immediate family members or a mix between extended and immediate family members. Most family research suggests that healthy, supportive families typically have the following qualities: Share appreciation If a family member does something impressive, at home or at work, let them know! Expressing gratitude and appreciation for your family members is one of the best ways to build relationships. It can be something as simple as thanking them for making you laugh or spending time with you. Quality family time There are countless ways to spend time with your family, including occasional family

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How to Support Children’s Approaches to Learning

How to Support Children’s Approaches to Learning? Play with Them! As a parent, you want your children to learn all that they can—to grasp math concepts, to be curious about exploring the world, and to learn to read and write. Did you know that you can help your son or daughter academically by playing with them? Play and learning go together!  In the early years, parents can help children develop the skills to be better students by playing with them. What kind of play helps children learn the best? Play that really engages children—play that they will focus on and stay

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5 ways we can help our children succeed

In the wake of the recent college admissions scandal, in which rich parents paid thousands or even millions of dollars to bribe coaches or have someone else take standardized tests for their children so that they could get into elite colleges, there has been a lot of discussion about admission to elite colleges — and about what it takes to succeed. All parents want their children to succeed in life. Going to an elite college can help, mostly in terms of networking and resume-building, but is that the ticket to success? Probably not. True success and happiness in life comes

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