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There was a time when summer vacation for the Todd family meant everyone piled in the van.
Your oldest child has entered kindergarten. You are very proud that he has taken his first step towards school. You think he is adjusting well at school. You have signed up for the allowed time for your first parent-teacher conference. You are awaiting to hear how your child is doing. But are you aware that you are an active participant in this conference? Do you have a list of questions to ask his teacher?
My family took a lot of road trips when I was growing up and we did not have portable DVD players, mobile phones, or handheld video games to keep us busy. My mom had to be creative to keep me and my sisters from destroying each other and annoying her for countless highway hours. Like many other families in the pre-digital age, we played road trip games to pass the time and we had a lot of fun, too.
The opening lines of “It’s For You,” by Douglas Penick, Shambala Sun, May, 2014, caught my attention: “bad news can come to feel a little like falling in love.” In this case, the author received a call from his physician informing him that he had cancer. So what is this about falling in love? What is there to love about learning that one has a life threatening disease?
When I work with teens, there are certain topics that are often more emotionally charged than others. One such topic is the quality of their relationship with one or both parents. Before I even begin to impart strategies for strengthening this relationship, I always ask the following two questions:
I feel extremely blessed to work with tweens and teens as they learn to navigate the many challenges of adolescence. Aside from the countless benefits of teaching what I love, this journey has rewarded me in countless other ways. For example, although my daughters are young (6 and almost 2), my daily interactions with youth have helped to shape who I am as a parent.
Social media creates such an interesting window into the world. Yes, it tells us we’re obsessed with dancing baby animals, but it also gives us a look at the better side of ourselves. It tells us what we share, and apparently, being the victim of a bully is a top shared experience.
I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow, I gave my children the idea that I know everything (this window opens when they start to use words, and I have learned, closes when the word “teen” is in their age). But the reality is, like most parents, I’m doing the best I can. Sometimes I’m — gasp — wrong.
The average Ahwatukee Foothills family can live a life as individual as they please — some spend their time at sports, some love to travel. Some families are small and some are large. Some entertain friends non-stop, others prefer quiet nights to themselves. Individuality is the American way.
The aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., shooting tragedy is grief: grief for the victims, grief for the families who lost a loved one, and grief for the parents of the killer. This kind of mass shooting affects many people including the family and friends of one of our own right here in Ahwatukee Foothills. Alex Teves, 24, died protecting his girlfriend from the gunman.
Today, many children are being suspended from school or placed in a self-contained classroom due to behavior issues. Behavior issues can occur for many different reasons. Children may try to use inappropriate behavior to get attention in the classroom, or there may be un met academic needs that are not being address. If parents and teachers provide the desired attention and/or avoid punishing the bad behavior, the inappropriate behavior will be reinforced and will likely continue.
We all need a quiet dinner with adult company once in a while, but it can seem impossible to find both the time on your calendar, and the right sitter to care for your children.
Is your child acting out in school? Does he or she hate to go to school? Will he or she break into a tantrum when they have to read or write?
I love having house guests. I'm blessed with the kind of family you sincerely want to have at your house at the holidays. Having the time to rest and catch up with them is one of the best parts of December.
As your Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 plan meeting may be approaching, it is very important that you have a voice in your child's education.
Most of us have been in a relationship where secrets were spilled, or a friend withdrew with no explanation. In order to bond with others taking a risk is imperative.