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Your Children, and How to Ask Questions About Their Day

Sep 24 2015

Talking with your kids about school is one of the best ways to engage them and to make their day a part of yours. It is also a great way to start a dialogue that typically carries into other areas of their lives, their thoughts, their dreams and ambitions, and into many other dimensions of their simple yet complex lives.

Asking the right type of question is key. Questions should not be asked such that a YES, NO or O.K. would suffice as an answer.

For the Little Ones - How to make Friends in School

Sep 10 2015

Starting a new school or being placed in a new class causes a lot of stress for our children. That stress permeates into their daily lives and their ability to learn, and to be happy at school.

Here are some helpful hints to get them on the easy road to making friends.

  • Introduce Yourself – Tell them your name and ask for theirs. Share nicknames if you have any.
  • Ask inventive questions - Remember they’ve probably heard “So what school/class are you from?” a hundred times already. Try getting a little more creative and ask things such as, "What are your favorite sports?" or "What is your favorite color?" See if you have anything in common.
  • Compliment them (but make sure you mean it) - If you compliment them too much, or compliment them on something you aren't sincere about, they'll see right through you, and you may even come across as fake.
  • Be nice – They’re probably extremely nervous. The nicer you are, the more comfortable they'll feel around you, and the sooner you can become friends.

Why Have a Parent Only School Portal? Because it's not the 1950's!

Sep 01 2015

Too often, we found ourselves asking questions, looking for answers, and finding the parents with whom we were speaking had the same questions. We were asking those specific parents because they were the more senior and who had been at the school longer. Three years into it, we still have simple questions for which we seek a quality answer, or two, or even a head nod from someone.

We look to the school and find that they are still acting as though it's the 1950's, where one member of the family worked, usually the father, and one stayed home, usually the mother. One mother, per class, would take on the task of being the keeper of the phone tree, the email list in today's world. That mother would then be responsible for communicating with other mothers and by herself she would be the arbiter of the conversations. In the end, some decisions would be made and some actions would be taken. If you weren't an involved mother, you would be shunned and lowered on the calling list and at times not involved at all. The same exact thing happens today. The main difference being, we can't be involved because both parents work. Or, we can't be involved because we are ill informed, over scheduled, not on the calling list hierarchy, or in some cases not agreeable with the class mother.

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