Parental Aspirations: On Raising Capable Preschoolers

“Today will be different. Today, I will be present. Today, anyone I speak to I will look them in the eye and listen deeply...Today, there will be an ease about me...Today I will radiate calm, kindness and self-control will abound....

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How to Get the Kids to School on Time

Let’s face it, not everyone is a morning person, and even if you are, your kids might not be. Getting to school on time might be a perpetual challenge, or you might hit a rough period when, for whatever reason, it’s just tougher to...

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Tips for a Smooth Transition to School

It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer is disappearing. The days are flying by. Television commercials and store displays are featuring back to school sales, and you’ve got the itch to start getting the family back into a more...

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Settling in to a New School Community: Tips for Parents

A new school year, especially when you're starting at a new school, usually begins with a lot of excitement and a little bit of nervousness. We often worry about our children—Will they settle in? Will they make friends? Will the...

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Avoiding Summer Slide and Keeping it Fun

When you look back to your own childhood summers, you might remember long days of play stretching past dinnertime, the fun and excitement of summer camp, hours of reading and playing in the pool, creek, or spray from the fire...

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Reflections on Children Participating in Demonstrations

Since the election, many members of the Lowell community, ourselves included, have struggled to understand how to honor our core values—including mutual respect, inclusivity, and diversity—when they seem to be under assault. We...

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Helping Your Children Use Internet Devices Responsibly

Most adults under-parent their children when it comes to technology. There are no bad intentions involved; it’s just that when you were in middle school, you had Garbage Pail Kids cards in your pocket—and today your children will...

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Action Steps to Address Math Anxiety

Earlier this month, I spent two days attending the regional conference of The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Philadelphia. Having such a constant focus on math and being surrounded by teachers, instructional...

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Emotions and Learning

“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge” —Audre Lorde

This summer, I found myself immersed in several books that explored similar themes related to emotions and learning. As a clinical psychologist, I am always...

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