10 Easy Ways to Help Your Child Develop Self-Control

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, January 18th, 2017


Guest blog post by Alice Honeycutt

Self-control is an important life skill for kids to learn, ideally at a young age. If they know how to control their impulses, they will study instead of watching TV, save money for retirement, and otherwise “defer gratification”. Research shows that kids with self-discipline do better in school, get along better socially, and are more cooperative. They grow up to be competent, confident and content with their lives. These are not theories or assumptions, but proven insights from Walter Mischel, the psychologist of the famed marshmallow study.

Aren’t those some great reasons to help your young kids develop self-control? Here are 10 easy ways to help develop this useful trait in your child.

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Homework Study Skills: How to Study Smarter, Not Harder (Infographic)

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, December 25th, 2016


Guest post by Aris Grigoriou, Student Recruitment Manager at Study Medicine Europe

As students get older, demands on their time for both schoolwork and homework increase. Rather than studying harder (spending more hours on homework), they can study smarter. This infographic shares some useful study skills tips like chunking up study time into 30-minute blocks of time or taking a refreshing 20-minute nap.

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5 Simple and Inexpensive Educational Children’s Toys

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, December 25th, 2016


Guest blog post by Wassana Lampech

When parents hear the words “educational toys”, they may picture fancy high-tech gadgets or educational apps. But toys don’t have to be high-tech or expensive to be educational. Kids can have unstructured play with toys and still be learning. Here are 5 unexpectedly educational children’s toys:

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10 Tips For a Successful Party Book Fundraiser

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, December 25th, 2016


Guest blog post by Ann Garrett, Executive Director of CISPA (California Independent Schools Parents Association)

I recently asked a group of approximately 30 Parent Association Presidents: What is your single most successful fundraiser with the lowest cost and “headache”? The response was unanimous – PARTY BOOK. What is a Party Book? It is a fundraiser consisting of an assortment of parties that families purchase to attend. Party Book allows you to create a community within your school body and raises money at the same time. Here are some tips on how to put together a highly successful Party Book Fundraiser for your school.

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10 Ways to Help Your Teen “Survive” High School and Prepare for College

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, November 15th, 2016


Image credit: Jeremy Jenum

Guest post by Bronwyn O’Malley, Marketer and Blogger

High school was hard when I was a teen, but feels like a cakewalk compared to the current demands on students to get into college. College admission has become much more competitive, and today’s teens find themselves under a great deal of pressure. Here are 10 ideas for helping your teen through their high school days and into the college of their dreams.

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Great Thanksgiving Ideas for Your Family

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, November 1st, 2016


It’s that time of year again when our family gathers together for Thanksgiving. With young children, it can be challenging to keep them occupied throughout the day. Why not try some of the ideas we’ve rounded up? These games, snacks, crafts, table decorations, and stories are sure to keep your kids busy and happy.

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Using Games in the Classroom: a Creative Thinking Builder or a Discipline Breaker?

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, October 29th, 2016


Guest Post by Jessica Freeman, freelance journalist from Sydney, Australia

We’ve all played and enjoyed games when we were kids. Back then, games were reserved for family time. At school, we were meant to tame our tempers and listen to everything the teachers said. Fortunately, things are different now. As a teacher, you have an opportunity to be part of that change. When games are used as instructional tools in the classroom, they boost students’ creativity and inspire them to learn.

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10 Best Bullying Prevention Resources for Parents and Educators

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, October 4th, 2016


October is Bullying Prevention Month. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of this event, which was initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006. Since it began, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world. In this post, we have assembled the 10 best resources that parents, educators and the kids themselves can use to prevent, identify and combat bullying.

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Customizable School Supplies Lists by Grade (K through 5th Grade)

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, August 17th, 2016


It’s Back to School season, which means it’s time to go shopping for school supplies! Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, we want to save you the time and hassle of creating a school supplies shopping list. We’ve done all the hard work, and prepared downloadable lists for every grade: Kindergarten through 5th grade. All you have to do is download the list, customize it (if you want), and head to your favorite school supplies store.

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After-School Conversation: How to REALLY Connect with Your Child

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, August 13th, 2016


Guest Post by Patty Wipfler, Hand in Hand Parenting, author of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges

It’s Back to School time. For many parents, that means restarting the conversation we’ve had a hundred times before: “How was school today?” – “OK”. “What did you do?” – “I dunno”. It’s hard to know how to REALLY connect with our children after a long day at school. But it’s simpler than you think.

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