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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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7 Ways to Help Your Child Get More Sleep

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Let’s face it – the vast majority of our kids are sleep deprived. Though it may appear that they have an overabundance of energy, the 7 or 8 hours that your child is currently getting isn’t enough sleep.



How to Support Children of Military Families

Feb 24, 2014

There are almost 1.4 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 4 and 18 with a parent serving in the military. That can mean frequent moves and adapting to a new school and new curriculum. Expert Laurie Curtis offers tips to help navigate those changes.



To Master Basic Math Facts: Strategize, Then Memorize

Feb 18, 2014

Nothing may be more feared in the minds of young children and their parents than learning the basic math facts. Just hearing the times tables takes many of us back to our own childhoods. The good news is that our own children should not have to suffer the same fear.



The Timeless Value of Puzzles

Feb 10, 2014

For as much as children’s entertainment has changed over the years, one thing that never seems to change is how much kids love puzzles. Whether it is connecting two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, following the path to the end of a maze, or discovering the hidden banana in a detailed illustration, puzzles entertain and engage kids of all ages in ways that few other activities can.



Parents and the Explicit Instruction of Compassion

Feb 03, 2014

Parents want their children to create lives that are meaningful, productive, and healthy. Scoring well on state tests, developing critical thinking skills, and controlling impulses all play a part in this grand endeavor. Mastering the skill of compassion may also help set your child up for future success.



Parental Involvement: The Key to Academic Success

Jan 24, 2014

Like any parent, I wanted my children to be successful in school, and I knew that I would have to be involved if I was going to show them I valued education.



Good Praise, Bad Praise

Jan 06, 2014

Parents often fall into pitfalls when praising their children for their performance. Check out this post from Dr. Judy Willis about some best practices for offering sincere praise.



Family Activities to Promote Learning During the Holidays

Dec 20, 2013

Former New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy offers ideas to keep your child learning during the holiday break and reflects on her own favorite holiday learning memories.



7 Ways to Integrate Math into the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

Math expert Bon Crowder has plenty of ideas for how to incorporate math into the holiday traditions. Some of her suggestions are aimed at younger children while others are more appropriate for middle schoolers.



Maintaining an Active Mind and Spirit Throughout the Holidays

Dec 17, 2013

Parent, volunteer, and advocate Adrienne Kelly-Lumpkin reflects on her family’s holiday traditions and shares some of the ways they make sure to make learning part of the celebrations.



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