Hannah breathed a sigh of relief as she watched her daughter skip happily into school. It was 5-year-old Isabelle’s first day of kindergarten, and like any parent, Hannah was worried she might have trouble with the transition. But to her surprise, her little girl ran into the classroom without looking back and quickly settled into her seat to chat with her new classmates. “That was easier than I expected,” Hannah thought. Read more
Kids don’t exactly eagerly anticipate homework, do they? Mom Lisa B. says she butts heads with her 10-year-old daughter nearly every evening about doing the work. “What should I do to get her more interested?” she asks the Circle of Moms community. While turning homework into a positive experience might sound like an insurmountable task, experienced parents say it’s possible, with a little time, patience, and ingenuity. Here, we’ve rounded up six tips from our community to help your child get excited about homework so that she stays on track in school. Read more
Children need steady routines so they know what their days will be like, which will result in them being more agreeable in daily life. Happy children make happy parents! Here are some reasons why your kids (and you!) need to stick to routines. Read more
To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.
Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what’s bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles. Read more
Reading is an essential skill that should be mandatory for everyone. In our society, you cannot get away with a lack of reading or writing skills. These are just the basic essentials of living a decent and successful life.
You can never go wrong with teaching a child how to read. By doing so, you are actually preparing them for a successful future. And as a parent, it’s a joy to see your child reading fluently, as this also makes your life easier. Read more
It’s the middle of Summer — now’s so not the time to start reading about back-to-school season. (That’s almost as bad as when the radio starts playing Christmas music the day after Halloween.) Well, if you want to spend the upcoming school year rushing out the door, chronically late and always frazzled, move right along. Nothing to see here. But if you see those other school moms — always early to drop off their kids, who arrive bright-eyed with perfectly pressed shirts and nutritiously packed lunches — and seethe with jealousy, it’s time you start prepping now. Read more
Listening to a whiny child is not for the faint of heart. That sound! High-pitched, irritating, like nails on a chalkboard — it’s impossible to ignore. And that’s exactly the point. Children whine because it works. It may be a negative strategy, but it’s a highly effective one, getting your attention in a split-second.
Many adults, when asked about their middle-school experiences, have few positive stories to share. Middle-school students can be cruel, and the emotional and physical changes that they face can be cruel as well. But middle school can also be a time of great self-exploration, and with the right preparation, your child can enjoy her sixth- through eighth-grade years. The three pieces of advice that appear below, as well as your own experience, can help your family conquer the unfair myths of middle school. Read on for more information:
Failure. It’s not a word we like to think about, least of all when it comes to our kids.
In a society where parents have been known to start registering their kids for the “best” kindergarten before they’re even born, it’s not one we hear very often. The post-millennial generation of kids is one being raised in a world of helicopter and lawnmower parents, where everyone gets a trophy and no one dares admit they let their kids eat ice cream for dinner last night. Read more