Schools are struggling with mandates for testing, discipline challenges and public support. One of the questions asked of kindergartners upon enrollment is designed to determine their reading skills. Nancy Bailey argues that we should be emphasizing speaking and listening skills over reading and writing skills at this young age. Her…View More Should We Push Preschoolers to Read?
I overheard a parent discussing her sonâ€™s grades the other day in a waiting room. She was clearly a concerned, involved mom who tracked her childâ€™s progress and seemed quite aware of their capabilities. The teacher was urging her to log into her childâ€™s gradebook and provide incentives and encouragement…View More New Year, New Habits
Recently Dr. Charles Fay spoke at a seminar in the Northwest where a parent expressed concern over a therapistâ€™s advice. Their daughter had been caught texting nude pictures of herself to her boyfriend and the parents had applied the Love and Logic principle of empathy driven consequences by taking her…View More No Consequences?
My social media is full of pictures of children of all ages on their first day of school. I even saw a picture from a grandparent who posted pictures of her grown daughters! A time-honored tradition has moved from photo paper and scrapbooks to mobile screens. Just like those fleeting…View More First Day Pictures
Research about the role of fathers in the well-being of their children has fascinated me since graduate school. Thankfully, an increasing amount of research is available tying the conversation and interaction of dads and children to important life skills like learning and child safety. The latest study comes out of…View More Dads Interacting: What Works
Every year about this time my watch list for themes around the words daddy and father fill up with news of communities celebrating Daddy-Daughter Dances. It always warms my heart because I know the importance of daddies in the hearts of daughters and the thought of a special time to…View More Daddy Dance Doom
I recently attended a refresher training in Denver with the Love and Logic people who have been training for over 40 years. One of the questions that drove me to seek further training was how to intervene when dealing with kids who have experienced severe trauma. I remember being in…View More Consistent Friendly Intervention
The classroom is a place where achievement changes lives forever. Learning subjects that werenâ€™t even on the horizon for many students can be a new and exciting experience. Unfortunately, some parents and even some teachers rob students of that experience by making a fundamental mistake that is entirely avoidable. Signs…View More Should I Rescue My Students?
With school starting this week our focus as parents has shifted from vacations to school supplies and regular schedules again. Iâ€™m noticing a trend in the way the Love and Logic people talk about school that I wanted to share with you. It involves another shift in focusâ€¦from success or…View More Emphasize the Effort