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Best Friends Forever… (or Until We Go Off to College?)

May 08, 2017 / Amy McCready, Founder, Positive Parenting Solutions

As graduation time rolls around, high school seniors around the country will be facing waves of mixed emotions. Relief that high school is over; elation to be moving on; and of course, sadness that friends forged over years – if not for more than a decade – will be going their separate ways. 

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Keeping Kids Safe Online: What You Need to Know About Cyberbullying

Jun 26, 2015

Today, kids and teens are constantly using social media sites and smartphone apps like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. While these platforms give children lots of opportunities to interact outside of the classroom and engage with their peers, it has also given rise to a new form of bullying: cyberbullying.



Paying for College: What You Need to do Now Before Your Teen Starts College in the Fall

Jun 22, 2015

While dealing with sadness of sending a child off to college, parents may find it hard to help their student focus on the tasks they need to complete before they leave for campus in the fall. We've compiled a list of important items to talk about with your child about before they start college.



The Superpower of Dads

Jun 19, 2015

In an ideal world, every child would grow up with a Dad or an adult male caregiver, who is an example of how to learn, love, grow, and give back to the community. Unfortunately, one out of every three children in our country lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.



#TookitTalk: Pride: How to Support LGBT Youth & Raise Allies

Jun 17, 2015

@EducationNation and Parent Toolkit teamed up with experts Dr. Natasha Burgert, Pediatrician, and Dr. Shari Sevier, Chair of the Board of the American School Counselor Association, to chat about supporting LGBT youth and raising allies. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below.



How to Boost Learning: Tap into Your Child’s Natural Strengths

Jun 15, 2015

Understanding children’s natural strengths and problem solving abilities, which means recognizing their multiple intelligence or MI, can be the key to boosting their overall success. Here are some strategies you can use at home to use your child’s natural strengths and improve his performance in the classroom.



Stranger Danger? Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Jun 08, 2015

Parents often think the number one threat to their child is a stranger. But statistics show that children can be at greater risk with people they recognize than with those they do not. Parent Toolkit expert and psychologist Dr. Michele Borba, offers these tips for parents to help teach their kids about staying safe.



Improving Decision-Making Can Serve as a Child’s First Lesson in Goal Setting

Jun 01, 2015

Properly setting goals adds tremendous value to an individual’s life, and research has found that those who set overarching objectives for what they want to achieve tend to have a greater sense of purpose, maintain better relationships, and may even live longer. When getting your child started with goal setting, there are three tips to keep in mind.



Lessons in Dirt: Using a Green Thumb for Learning At Home

May 25, 2015

Gardening is a great way to get children to connect with nature and learn more about fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. But that’s not all. These gardens also offer children the opportunity to experience hands-on lessons in science, math and language arts.



#ToolkitTalk: Brain Drain or Brain Gain: Beating the "Summer Slide"

May 20, 2015

@EducationNation and Parent Toolkit teamed up with experts Danielle Kovach, 2011 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, and Wendy Rock, School counselor at Hahnville HS in Louisiana, to chat about beating the Summer Slide. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below.



Branding: It's Not Just for Adults!

May 18, 2015

Manners and etiquette are important for getting along with others and more than likely, you’ve already got these lessons covered---the pleases, thank yous, and thank you notes and apologies. But, beyond that, there is one skill set that can have an even greater impact on your child’s life. Those are a child’s social and emotional skills.



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