There’s an undercurrent that runs through most conversations we have with our kids about school. With some families it’s more explicit: “We expect you to do well, and come home with A’s and B’s on your report card.” With other families it’s less so, but still implied: “We expect you to go into school each

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At this time of year, when the homework starts piling up, and motivation is at a low coming off of winter break, it’s pretty common to start questioning what the point of it all is: Should kids have this much homework? Why is homework important even? In fact it’s one of the most common questions

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When our children start to struggle in school, it’s tempting to think that something significant is wrong: Maybe they aren’t cut out for the advanced classes they’re enrolled in Maybe their friends are a bad influence and affecting their grades Maybe we need to drop everything, get them a tutor and double down on study

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When most of us sit down to read through our son or daughter’s report card at the end of the quarter, we generally use it to get an idea of how well they’re doing. They come home with an “A” and we think: “Wow, they must really be getting this stuff.” The come home with

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Most school nights play out as if they were cribbed right out of a family sitcom script. Mom: “Hi Nick, did you get your math homework done after you got home from school like you said you would?” Nick: *Looking up from his Xbox controller* “Oh it’s not that much, so it’ll only take me

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For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Washington DC board of the International Dyslexia Association. One of my fellow board members, Sonya Atkinson, gave a fantastic presentation called “A Guide to Creating Your Digital Backpack.” In it she shared a wealth of information about using technology to become more

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Given that there are so many “non-public” schools in our area, you might be wondering: What is an independent school? And how is it different than traditional private school? We’ll break this down explore the differences between independent and other private schools in this post. Understanding The Terms: Private vs. Independent To start, let’s examine

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The question “why is math so hard?” is one we come across so often with the parents and students we work with, it’s become almost a given. We hear things like: “My son just doesn’t seem to ‘take’ to math. He’s just like his mom.” “Why is it that even when my daughter really ‘buckles

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Because you’re here, reading this post, we already know you’re committed to helping your child improve their attitude towards school, habits surrounding homework and studying, and academic performance. Chances are you’ve also picked up some ideas along the way on how you might help them to get organized, overcome procrastination, or study smarter. But herein

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Sometimes stress can manifest itself in unexpected ways. Have you ever had a flash of anger come over you as someone cuts you off in traffic… only to realize that you just weren’t paying attention as they changed lanes because you were busy thinking about a fire you were going to have to put out

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