Holidays Have Meaning

September 6, 2010 by  
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Well, Labor Day is upon us here in the US. Another opportunity to cook out, light sparklers and shoot off fireworks. I love 3 or 4-day weekends; and kids particularly love the days off from school. What I find these days is that holidays are just that—a chance to be out of school or parents home from work. Most kids I see don’t have a clue why they are off; they just know that they are off.... 

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Taking The Hassle Out Of Homework

September 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Kids are From Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio series update Sept. 2, 2010: Homework is an important part of your kids’ learning. It fortifies the lesson, and offers the opportunity to help them when they make mistakes. And in order to help your kids become successful, here are some suggestions for homework time: * Set aside a daily homework time. * Identify a specific place to do homework. *... 

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Giggles and Groans

August 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Family, Parenting

The sound of children laughing...

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio show update August 26: Did you ever hear a baby laugh, or a child giggle? Makes you smile, doesn’t it? A child’s laughter is pure, without reservation or restriction. We were all giggling children once upon a time. And then we got older….we ‘matured.’ And along with learning to control our impulses, we stifled our laughter and settled... 

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Is College A Waste Of Time And Money?

August 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

A College Education

So says James Altucker, columnist for “DailyFinance”. He suggests that parents save the tuition money and have more to retire on, as well as being able to invest it for your kids. Or, you might want to give $20,000 to each of your kids to start 1-5 businesses; let them travel around the world; tell them to get a job and get real life experience; volunteer and see the less fortunate or... 

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How Do You View Your Kid’s School?

August 20, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update Aug. 19, 2010: Is school a mall, day care center or sporting event? The way you view your relationship with your kids’ school has a huge impact on your kids’ involvement, attitude and subsequently their education. If parents see school as a store and education as a commodity (what you’re ‘buying,’) then it’s like walking into Macy’s,... 

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Time For New Year’s Resolutions

August 11, 2010 by  
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Back to school!

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update August 12, 2010: It’s August and a great time to be making new year’s resolutions. New school year, that is. With the school year soon upon us, the time is ripe for reflecting on the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations, of school years past. What worked? What didn’t work? In which areas did your child do well? Where... 

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What Schools Teach That Isn’t On The Lesson Plans

August 6, 2010 by  
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Kids are from Krypton, Parents are from Pluto Radio update Aug 5, 2010: “Why do I have to know that?” Remember wondering in school why you had to learn chemistry when you weren’t going to be a scientist? Or, why you had to take art when you hated to draw? Well, it’s not the learning of science, art (or most other subjects, for that matter) that is important; it’s the life skills developed... 

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Top 10 Things That Teachers Wished Parents Would Know

August 2, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update July 29, 2010: You are in this together. You and the teachers are a team. Teachers want you to know that they have your kids’ best interest in mind. Speak respectfully of school, teachers and administrators. Disagreeing with something is not synonymous with talking negatively and disrespectfully about the institution or your child’s education Make... 

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Your Children Are Masterpieces

July 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Child Development, Parenting

Your children are masterpieces!

He was standing in front of the room, drawing. Big, sweeping strokes with different colored chalk—back to the audience, not caring what we thought. He didn’t seem to think much, just stared at the canvas for a few seconds, and then went to work. First came the broad stokes of pink and yellow and blue. Then, he started to overlay the colors—orange over blue, white over yellow..and on and... 

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National Child-Centered Divorce Month

July 20, 2010 by  
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July is National Child-Centered Divorce Month. Imagine having to have a month to raise awareness of centering attention on the kids when deciding to divorce. That doesn’t mean staying together for the sake of the kids. On the contrary, child-centered divorce is about taking your kids’ needs and emotions into account when making decisions. To my amazement, many parents in my office have not really... 

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