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Roadblocks to Success in Classroom Discipline

Posted 1 week ago

A first-grade teacher asks what she can do about a girl in her class who is completely undisciplined. After nearly two months of this teacher’s best efforts, the child’s behavior is no...

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Personality Issue, Not a Beavior Problem

Posted 2 weeks ago

Q: My 7-year-old son does well in school and sports and has a good number of friends. However, he often allows himself to be intimidated by other boys. He is a rule-follower and is more...

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The Teenage Brain

Posted 3 weeks ago

I’ve spoken at several conferences in the last year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called “teenage...

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Apache Blackhawk Parenting

Posted 4 weeks ago

A second-grade teacher writes: “I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a ‘mob mentality’ for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond...

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Pull-Ups & Adoption Age

Posted on 9/16/2014

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we’re at home. We use a “potty bell” and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we’re away from home, however, he seems clueless. He...

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Parents Helping with Homework

Posted on 9/9/2014

Q: I homeschooled my oldest, an 8-year-old boy, until this year. He started third grade in public school in August. As a homeschooling mom, I was not a micromanager and don’t want to...

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12 Year Old Allergy Fears

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We have a 12 year old son that is severely allergic to peanuts. He was exposed at school at age 5 and on an airplane at 6. He has since been very anxious. He choses not to participate in many...

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Homeschooling reluctant 13 yr old

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We are having trouble understanding how to homeschool without micromanaging our 13 year old son. We also have two girls, 10 and 12, who are doing similar curriculum with very little involvement...

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