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Kids and Motivation He has the potential to do so much more… She daydreams all the time and never focuses on the lesson. He doesn’t care and it shows in his work. Parents sheltering at home and responsible for helping their children stay engaged with their schoolwork are frustrated.  How do you motivate an unmotivated…

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A Better Behavior Plan I once was counseling the parents of a child who didn’t want to come to school.  After investigating the situation and making sure there wasn’t a bully at school who was intimidating him or a problem with academics that was discouraging him, we talked about setting up a reinforcement program where…

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Decrease the Stress while Sheltering in Place As you read all the posts about family bonding while sheltering in place are you wondering how they do it? Keeping your fingers crossed that everyone will get along? Finding it exhausting instead of relaxing? Here are some tips: Plan together Involve the whole family in planning the…

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Take the Drama out of Conflicts “He’s not following the rules!  He’s a cheater!” “She is being mean to me and my friends. She won’t include us in her club.” “She took my markers and lost them.  Now I don’t have any.” Some days it feels like all we do as educators and parents is…

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Corona virus and kids

Kids and COVID-19 The world as we know it has changed. Schools are closed. Families are isolated at home and businesses are shut down. As parents and teachers we are all affected physically, emotionally and financially. While we would like to spare kids from the reality of the situation, it is not possible to protect…

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How to Help Kids Get Organized “I lost my homework!  I did it though… really I did.” “Tomorrow is spirit day and I can’t find my school shirt.” “My project is due tomorrow and I haven’t even gotten started.” Sound familiar?  The bane of every parent and teacher’s existence is helping kids develop organizational skills.…

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