November 23, 2017

Middle school phone wars

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By Julie Samrick The verdict is still out whether or not the MTV effect will work on my sixth grader. When I was his age my mom delayed letting me watch MTV long enough that by the time I had the freedom to watch it, I’d never developed the habit and lost interest. My son… Read more

Play games to help young children succeed in school

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By Julie Samrick When my oldest child turned one a friend gave him alphabet magnets for his birthday.  We placed them on the refrigerator and he’d reach for them, so we moved them lower, showing him first how magnets work. Soon they ended up on the kitchen floor and seeing the 26 letters brought the… Read more

The Problem with Bright Girls

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By Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. Chances are good that if you are a successful professional today, you were a pretty bright fifth grade girl. My graduate advisor, psychologist Carol Dweck (author of Mindset) conducted a series of studies in the 1980s, looking at how bright girls and boys in the fifth grade handled new, difficult and… Read more

Start Couponing Smart Today

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By Julie Samrick Can’t figure out how to buy $3,000 worth of groceries for $150? How about feeding your family and a friend’s family for $50 a month? These are just some of the amazing feats pulled off on TLC’s hit reality show Extreme Couponing. Since its debut in 2010 the show has spawned a… Read more

“Sexting” is Biggest Back-to-School Concern for Parents

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Though reports find parents are becoming more savvy to what kids can do with their smart phones, the number one worry for parents of kids aged 10-18 is not bullying, but that their kids will send and receive inappropriate sexual text messages and pictures.  Read more at Fox Business including tips for keeping your child safe.