Elementary Age Children
Your child (or children) is in school now, but, as you know, your job is not done. Parental involvement is key in helping your child be a successful student. The following information will help you find the resources you need to ensure you are the partner and parent your kids need.
Education & Development
Know If Your Child Is Hitting Targets
One question that comes up over and over again seems to be, "How do I know if my child is on track with his/her peers?" To get a break down on where your child should be developmentally, click here. The information is written in plain language and has information for kids up to ninth grade.
State testing can be a nervous time for students and teachers. It can also be confusing for parents. Click here to learn more about the testing that occurs several times during your child's school years.
The first step to success in school is attendance. It's impossible to succeed if you don't show up. Click here to learn more about the importance of attendance.
A child that is an excellent reader is a confident child, has a high level of self esteem and is able to easily make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. To learn how you can help your child with this important, life-long skill, click here.
Communicating effectivly and often with your child's teacher is very important. Education is a team sport and you, your child, and his/her teacher are all on the same team. Click here to get tips on effective communication tips.
If your child is in need of additional help to reach his/her educational goals, click here for a guide on special education and obtaining help and resources.
Tips for Homework
Ugh...the dreaded homework. It's hugely important, but often the least likable thing about school. Click here for some tips on how to make this daily job easier and more effective.
Stop Bullying Before It Starts
By teaching children about what bullying is and the facts about how and why it is harmful, teachers and parents can set important foundations to stop bullying behavior before it starts. Click here for tips on how you can help.
How do you keep a 1-year-old from heading toward the DVD player? What should you do when your preschooler throws a fit? How can you get a teenager to respect your authority? Whatever the age of your child, it's important to be consistent when it comes to discipline. Get some ideas on discipline by clicking here.
There's no doubt that raising a child can be stressful and even those parents that always seem put together deal with reaching the end of their rope. Before you reach your limit, click here to learn some tips on handling stress.
Leaving Children Home Alone
There is no law that dictates when a child is too young to be left home alone. However, there are ways for you to decide if your child is mature enough for the responsibilty. Click here to learn more.