Better Grades: 5 Things Parents Can Do to Help

Learning comes easy for some kids. But for others, it seems like a never-ending uphill battle. Either way, one thing is certain: Getting good grades can be a significant source of stress and anxiety. As a parent, you’ll naturally be rooting for your kids to succeed academically, but it’s important to keep in mind that […]

School Refusal: What Parents Can Do

It’s early morning, and you’re running late. That’s when you turn around to find that not only has your daughter unpacked her bag, but she’s nowhere to be seen. After a quick search, you find her in the laundry room, arms crossed, and completely dead-set against going to school. If this has ever happened in […]

4 Tips for Returning to a Regular Sleep Schedule Before the School Year Begins

Summer vacation is drawing to a close, and for those of you with children, that means a return to the regular routine of the school year. While you may have been playing it fast and loose with summer-break bedtimes, your kids will need a smooth transition back to the school year routine. Their classroom performance […]

Kids Who Hate School: 6 Strategies for Middle and High School

School refusal generally decreases dramatically as children grow older. Although kids can still feel socially rejected throughout adolescence, the sheer size of most middle and high schools lends itself to kids finding a buddy or two. Also, many academic problems have been worked out by then — either through direct remediation, compensation or inclusion in […]

Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference

(14 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher) It’s that time of year again—time to meet and communicate with your child’s teachers. Typically parent-teacher conferences are the most formal means of communication between parents and teachers; they provide a rich opportunity to build communication and understanding between the home and school. Even still, these conferences can […]

Mommy, I hate school! What’s a parent to do?

Spinach and broccoli are supposedly good for you, so we encourage our kids to eat them—often with moderate or no success. Likewise, kids are supposed to stomach a dozen or more years of schooling. Although you may be able to force your kid to eat spinach or broccoli, learning is a bigger challenge. When your […]