Four Strategies to Think Holistically (and be a better parent)

Four Strategies to Think Holistically (and be a better parent)

We all try to do what's best for our kids but, in doing so, are we considering their total well-being? Are we making decisions based on sound strategies or just because something sounds good and everyone seems to be doing it? 

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Mom, Is There Any Dinner Tonight?

Mom, Is There Any Dinner Tonight?

Some mothers are very good about cooking daily meals for their families, especially if they have emigrated from foreign countries where family meals are still common, but American-born mothers have let this practice go more than we realize.  I have been one of those moms. 

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The Degrading System of Grading

The Degrading System of Grading

While grading students on a bell curve may make some sense in a college setting, it's a harmful system for measuring the comprehension and knowledge of younger students. The Bell curve was designed to determine where each student ranked in relation to the rest of the group, but each child has a unique mind that is developing at its own rate and understands things in its own time, and, therefore, to compare a child's ability to those of his peers defies common sense. 

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How to Teach Children to Love Books

How to Teach Children to Love Books

I learned to read in the first grade. My teacher, Mrs. Gilman, was tall and dressed in a blouse and skirt--down to the knees--wearing black pumps and bright red lipstick. She was stern, but she had a friendly face. Mrs. Gilman taught me to read when I was six, and it unlocked the door to another world for me; a world of interesting characters where anything was possible. 

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