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Have a Fun Hour of Code at Home

Yeah for my son’s elementary school librarian! My son came home excited about the Flappy Bird game he coded during library time. My junior high son wanted to see it and then for the next hour the two of them coded a Star Wars game we all

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Teaching Kids Gratitude

Thanksgiving may be over, but giving thanks shouldn’t be. Expressing appreciation, gratitude, and thankfulness for the positives in your life is a great way to make yourself and others feel good.  Gratitude also provides a great bridge to building a growth mindset by finding something to be

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Help Your Stressed Out Teen Relax

According to a recent survey done for the American Psychological Association, teens are feeling more stressed-out than adults today with school being a main cause. Fully 83% reported that traditional schools were a somewhat or significant source of their stress. Twenty-seven percent reported “extreme stress levels” during

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How to Stay Calm During a Teenage Tantrum

Teenage tantrums can be scary for both you and your teen. Staying calm in the face of a teenage tantrum, especially one where your teenager is pushing your buttons in that special way only they can do, challenges even a naturally patient parent. So how do you

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Your Child’s Teacher Wants to Hear from You

A fear of bothering your child’s classroom teacher may make you reluctant to contact him or her.  But what if communicating with your child’s teacher actually helps them do their job? Research from Vital Smarts shows there are five things that teachers want parents to tell them

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Too Much Screen Time Is Hurting Your Child’s Grades!

A recent study out of Cambridge University found that a student’s grades are being dramatically impacted by the amount of screen time they are exposed too.   The study looked at over 800 fourteen and fifteen-year-old students, who on average, spent a total of four hours interacting with

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Five Free Homework Websites

Tears flow freely after spending an hour trying to solve a math problem.  My child pats my back sympathetically and reminds me to use a “growth mindset” when facing a challenge. Experts may debate if and when parents should help with homework, but the reality exists that

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Mom, I HATE School!

Okay, here we go.   Your worst nightmare is happening, well, maybe not your worst, but definitely one of them. Everybody else’s kids seem to be delighted to be going back to school and yours is still lying in bed with the covers drawn tightly over the top

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Enjoy Your Family this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of American workers, and for families, marks the last weekend of the summer or an early long weekend in the new school year.  The long weekend away from your paid labor gives you time to relax and enjoy your family. Unfortunately, modern society

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Ten Tips to Help You Manage Your Teen’s Phone

As summer comes to an end, so possibly do freedoms that will not fit into the more structured school year.  A social life-line as much as a technology device, your child or teen’s summer phone habits may need to be replaced with a more structured school year

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