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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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@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit experts @SeanTSlade, Director, Whole Child at ASCD, and @TomHoerr, Head of School at New city School, for a #ToolkitTalk on growing gritty kids. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below and join us next month!

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Parenting Resolution Reboot: 5 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever

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It’s mid-January. So, how goes your resolution to start fresh on parenting? If you’re struggling to get the kids back on track with their behavior and responsibilities in the New Year, you’re not the only one.

Easy Ways Dads Can Get Involved in Their Child’s Education

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Parents hear a lot these days about the importance of being involved in their children’s education. Unfortunately, dads often view “parent” as a code word for “mom.” Education, they say, is mom’s domain. So when mom steps up to the plate, dad often stays in the dugout. However, research indicates that a father’s involvement is crucial, and that it plays a key role in a child’s success in school and beyond.

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I would like to think that the ending of another year and the beginning of a new one fills me with hope, joy and anticipation but if I am being honest, instead, it fills me with anxiety envisioning many unaccomplished goals. The beginning of the year is an optimal time for reflection, as long as it doesn't include self-flagellation. Researchers assert that when trying to make any changes - major or minor - “It is the quality of the little things that makes all the difference.”

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#ToolkitTalk: Brain Break or Brain Gain? Using the Holiday Time Wisely

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@EducationNation teamed up with Parent Toolkit experts Bon Crowder, Co-Founder of @MathFour, and Jorge Perez, VP of Youth Development for the Y, for a #ToolkitTalk on using holiday time wisely. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below and join us next month!

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