Real-world advice that will make getting ready for summer camp easier (and cheaper) for parents of first-time campers.
I’m no stranger to speaking up for my kids at school.
Both my kids have needed help handling the social and academic expectations of the classroom. At times, this has required me to reach out to their teachers for clarification (“Are you seeing in class what I’m seeing at home?”), or as translator (“When he gets anxious he blurts out answers.”). No problem.
Sometimes, however, I have to take on the role of advocate (“She needs to be able to eat a snack before lunch to help her concentrate.”) and challenger (“I’d like to talk to you about something that’s concerning me.”).
This is hard to do, because I wrestle with something I’ve craved ever since I was a kid: I want the teacher to like me.
Practical advice for international travel with young kids.
I’ve been frustrated by my kids’ picky eating for years. But I think I’ve had an epiphany. I just remembered how my appetite changed while I was pregnant. I, who had never been picky, suddenly became intensely opinionated about my food. I craved certain foods while others were downright repugnant, and I had a dramatic, […]
Is a “consequence” really a politically-correct term for “punishment?” For some, yes. But here’s how I see the (often subtle) distinction between consequences and punishment. Getting clear on the difference has changed the dynamics in my family.