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Do Parents Really Need a United Front?

March 23, 2017

Nancy Weinstein offers a mother’s contrarian view, admittedly developed out of desperation A common theme in child psychology is the importance of presenting children with a united front when it comes to rules, discipline and behavior. If Dad says it, Mom needs to back him up. And vice versa. Otherwise, as the psychological research tells us, children will feel confused and conflicted rather than getting the clear structure and reliable rules they need to feel safe and secure. According to Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., author of The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting, “My advice is that if your child is not yet eleven or so, you and your spouse should do what you can to present a united front. It will make life… Read More

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The Value of Siblings: Don’t Listen to the Stereotypes

March 8, 2017

The nature vs. nurture question comes up frequently in education and parenting circles. By most estimates, it’s about 50-50. In other words, 50% of who you are comes from genetics and the other 50% is environmental. That allows parents and educators plenty of influence. So what does that imply for stereotypes about the “selfish only child”, the “responsible first child” or the “lazy youngest child”?   Parenting and psychology expert Dr. Susan Newman provides us the research behind the stereotypes and what parents can proactively do to avoid the stereotype trap. Guest Blog by Susan Newman, PhD If you are the parent of one child, it’s hard not to think about only child stereotypes and hope that none of them will… Read More

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How to Get Kids to Do What You Want

February 15, 2017

Without question the best way to get kids, all kids, to do what you want them to do is… Let them choose. If this is a new concept to you and you are dealing with a teenager I’m not going to guarantee it will work the first time. However, after a few trials you are likely to discover why this approach, while perhaps against our most visceral impulses, is far more effective than asking, telling or demanding a child to do what you want. Why it works? Quite simply, choice empowers. When students choose, they take responsibility, and when they take responsibility they follow through. Glorious isn’t it? Ok, so it doesn’t always work perfectly. But as you get more comfortable letting… Read More

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News Fatigue: Supporting Students in Challenging Times

February 2, 2017

by Nancy Weinstein Is there anyone not feeling news fatigue? It’s hard to watch and yet you must. If you are a parent or teacher the challenges are compounded. Quite simply, you can’t hide kids from the news. And lest we forget, kids are not little adults. In most cases, they are not socially, emotionally and intellectually ready to process the drama, trauma, and full implications of what they are hearing, seeing and reading. Our solution: business news. Yes, business news. The networks like CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business that cover the daily markets. While their programming of charts, graphs, and, let’s face it, [mostly] men in suits might not garner the same enthusiasm of general news, you can rely on them for factual, bi-partisan information across… Read More

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A Smarter Way to Improve ACT/SAT Test Scores

January 19, 2017

Here’s one true thing you will rarely hear from test prep tutors, “All the strategies and practice in the world won’t help if you don’t know how your child learns best.” If your child’s scores don’t match your reasonable expectations, it’s highly likely that there’s something in his test-taking approach that is holding him back. And more often than not, it’s something that he can’t articulate and your tutor won’t figure out by just watching him. The traditional test prep approach is to identify the types of problems where the student makes mistakes. Then tutors either (a) re-teach the skills that should have been learned in school and/or (b) give tons and tons of similar practice problems and hope that the actual test… Read More

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