Homework Solution #3: Organization

By fourth grade it can be helpful for a child to use a homework notebook. This is a place to jot down homework assignments, due dates and materials as needed. If your child is struggling with any of these pieces, you might ask his teacher to spot check the lists. It can also be helpful […]

Homework Solution #2: Place

Another common homework battle is over place. The goal is a well stocked, well lit space with a good table or desk and a comfortable something for reading. Well stocked means having everything your child might need for homework for the year. In elementary school this might be pencils, erasers, wide lined paper, markers, crayons, … Continue reading “Homework Solution #2: Place”

Homework Solution #1: Time

The most common homework concerns are related to time, space and organization. I am linking three blog posts with the aim to answer each. There isn’t a best time to do homework, just several options. The idea is to find what fits your family best for now. There are some children who just want it … Continue reading “Homework Solution #1: Time”

End Homework Battles

There are two homework battles you should end before they start. The two issues families struggle over most often are time and place. To settle the time for homework, sit down with your child and a calendar. Write in when all after school activities are taking place. Consider how long homework should take each night. … Continue reading “End Homework Battles”

Workbooks

Eight Weeks to Positive Discipline: A Workbook Based on the Popular Workshop Series by Dr. Rene Hackney The language of positive discipline is a system of techniques that allow parents to effectively manage their children’s behaviors. This workbook will help parents and educators learn: Ways to encourage positive behaviors to happen more often How to better … Continue reading “Workbooks”

Providing a Foundation for Academic Success in Preschool Friendly Ways

I am firmly in the learning through play camp when it comes to preschoolers and early academics. Done in a good way, this doesn’t mean just let them play and they’ll be ready. It means thoughtfully providing academic experiences in fun, engaging and play based ways. Early Literacy Skills to Keep in Mind – Early … Continue reading “Providing a Foundation for Academic Success in Preschool Friendly Ways”

Answers to Overscheduling

Parenting often involves a whole lot of scheduling. It’s your own schedule, it’s their school and activities schedule, their playdates and homework or screen time. It is a lot to juggle. Get a Master Calendar – We have a desk size calendar on our dining room table and have each year since our oldest was six. … Continue reading “Answers to Overscheduling”

Are we together too much?

Tips for Creating Space in a Family “I feel like I am disciplining my children way more often than my mother had to discipline me.” I hear this often. It may be that we, as families, are just together too much. Or, at least together way more than we were with our families growing up. … Continue reading “Are we together too much?”

Things to Consider When Giving Your Child a Cellphone

How and when to give a child a cell phone of their own is a big decision for parents. The bulk of research suggests that the less screen time children have the better. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests having a family plan with set limits on screen use. Giving them a cell phone is … Continue reading “Things to Consider When Giving Your Child a Cellphone”