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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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Take Back Dinnertime: How to Revamp Your Family’s Favorite Meal

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A new NBC News study reveals that 79% of parents surveyed eat dinner together most nights, more than in past decades. Family dinner is worth the trouble, especially when you’re equipped with these tips and strategies.



Pi Day: Fun Ways to Celebrate This Year

Mar 09, 2015

We spoke to a few of our Parent Toolkit experts, and asked them to give us ideas on what parents can do to celebrate Pi Day this year, when the calendar day matches up numerically with the first five digits of the mathematical constant, 3.1415.



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Understanding how financial aid works and what your family will be responsible for paying is key to finding an affordable college choice for your teen.



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#ToolkitTalk: A Different Kind of Valentine: Building Heart Healthy Kids

Feb 18, 2015

@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit experts Dr. Rachel Johnson of @American_Heart and Jayne Greenberg of @FitnessGov for a #ToolkitTalk to discuss raising heart healthy kids. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below and join us next month!



Reduce Anger in Your Household

Feb 16, 2015

The more stress there is in a family’s life, the greater the chance that angry emotions will spill out. What can families do to reduce angry outbursts?



Do No-Homework Policies Work?

Feb 09, 2015

The Parent Toolkit is introducing a new feature called Parenting Perspectives, a place to debate the important parenting and education issues of the day. Every month, our experts will answer questions from our readers about academics, health and wellness and social and emotional development.



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Reading is not a natural process for the human brain. We are born with the brain architecture ready for development of successful verbal communication, but without any blueprint guiding recognition of the printed word.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

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It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Acts of Gratitude

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Research has shown that youth who have a mentor growing up are less likely to engage in risky behavior, and more likely to excel in their academics, participate in extracurricular activities and thrive in general. This January, in support of National Mentoring Month, you can help your child show his appreciation to his mentor through simple acts of gratitude.



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