There’s that famous quote that holds true in almost every area in life: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” For our purposes though, let’s amend it slightly: Eighty percent of school success is showing up AND staying organized. I’ve worked with tremendously gifted students for whom learning came easy, but their performance in school
Every summer has a rhythm to it… In June, the whole family is excited! Your kids are “free at last,” and you’ve finally earned yourself a well-deserved break from the before and after school routine. Then July rolls around. Prime vacation time. It’s the middle of summer and everyone is ready to get away… whether
Every day I speak to parents who are stressed out and confused. If you live in the DC area, you can probably identify with being “stressed out.” But many are also confused at how their smart kids can be so scattered. The parents who call our office looking for help are confounded by the fact
“How do I help my child fix careless errors they made in their work?” is a question we probably get every day. Do you let the mistake slide and have the teacher correct it? Do you fix it for your child so their homework is marked 100%? Or, do you show your child why the
Time management. Organization. Studying. Planning ahead. Do these ideas give your child a sense of excitement? Or fear of the unknown? If your child seems uninterested or even afraid of these ideas, it may be more than just a feeling of being overwhelmed and a dislike for school. They may have executive functioning deficits.
As a parent, it’s incredibly easy to get consumed with helping your child complete their homework. If you help too much, you might notice that you’re doing their homework for them and then you’ll end up backing off and refusing to assist them. But is that the best choice? Instead of choosing the “all-or-nothing” approach
It’s the start of a new year, and if you’re like many parents across our area, you’re looking for new ways to help your kids develop strong habits at home and school. Last Thursday, I spoke with WTOP on ideas to make a positive change for the new year. Q: How can parents help
Parents call our office everyday looking for help on relieving academic stress. They’re frustrated and stressed beyond belief about their kid’s academic progress, but oftentimes, it’s not just about grades. They just can’t dodge disorganization! Their kids are disorganized, or they procrastinate, or they aren’t as motivated as their parents want them to be. We
Just a few weeks ago, Brandy Young, a second grade teacher in Texas, became one of the most popular teachers in the country when she sent a letter home to parents announcing that there’d be no homework in her class this year. Instead, she said her students should be spending their time playing outside and
Summer is officially over and kids are back in school. In some households, back to school also means back to stress. So, how can parents make the transition into the school year more successful and less stressful? This week, I was able to interview with WTOP radio about starting off a successful school year without the stress.
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