Book Review: Getting In by Karen Stabiner

Posted September 22, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

Getting In by Karen Stabiner charts the college application process of five very different kids. But are they so different after all?

"No Nap" Rule for Kindergartners

Posted September 16, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Nap time for kindergarten students is being attacked, and in many schools, banned. It's all in the name of protecting precious instructional time, but is this the best way to go for all young children, all the time?

Support The Reauthorization Of The Child Nutrition Bill

Posted September 6, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

The health of our nation's children — and a mindset toward a lifestyle of health — is at stake with the pending reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Bill. Here is the information you need to show your support.

5 Ways To Get Your Children Involved In Helping Others

Posted August 28, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Getting kids to understand the importance of service to others should involve the whole family. Check out these tips and resources to help your children understand how they can meet the needs of others.

Education Roundup: The Parent-Teacher Communication Edition

Posted August 27, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Communication between home and school is important. Take a look through these resources to help ensure that the communication between you and your child's teacher is the best it can be.

Book Awards For Children's Literature

Posted August 24, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

School has started, and students are hitting the books. Make sure you know what the various book awards are, and why they are presented each year to outstanding works of children's literature.

Free and Inexpensive Ways to Teach Children About Music

Posted August 24, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Music is for everyone, and thanks to the internet and your local resources, it doesn't have to cost a fortune. We are so lucky to get these in-depth suggestions from a professional musician.

After School Grant Programs: Information and Resources for Parents

Posted August 20, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

There are several possible resources for children who may benefit from one of the many educational grants funded by the federal government and the U.S. Department of Education. Check with your local school district if you're interested in getting help for your child.

Top Tips: Back to School 2010 Edition

Posted August 16, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Best of the best collection of back to school advice, tips, and tricks for parents on a mission to get the school year started right.

Making Your Money Work For You: 8 Financial Tips For New Families

Posted July 28, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Don't put off developing good financial habits until the kids are a few years from college, and you're wondering about retirement. Starting putting your money to work now.

6 Ways to Get The Student In Your Home To Read

Posted July 26, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Not every kid loves books. It may take some creativity, and possibly a little bribery, but getting kids to read is essential. Try these tips to keep the pages turning in your home.

The Vital Need for Music Education

Posted July 20, 2010 by Maggie Wells

Music education is a vital and necessary part of our children's education. If our public K-12 does not provide it, we need to take matters into our own hands and opt for private lessons, history, appreciation and performance.

3 Reasons to Consider Summer School

Posted July 14, 2010 by Sarah Winfrey

Summer school is no longer the dreaded bore that it once was. While you may hesitate to even consider it for your child, there are some situations where it may be your best option. And who knows? Your child might even have some fun along the way.

Eat Up! The USDA Summer Food Program

Posted July 12, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

The USDA summer food program is intended to make sure children have plenty to eat during the summer months when those who would normally be participating in the school lunch program don’t have access to those meals. Continued funding for the program is a current issue right now in Congress.

Banning Books: A Parent's Job?

Posted July 6, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

I've been thinking a lot about censorship lately, at least as it relates to books. I've always been an adamant supporter of public libraries, freedom of the press, and our right to bear books (even above and beyond our right to bear arms). But when it comes to my kids, where do I draw the line?

American Academy of Pediatrics Reverses Position on Toddler Swim Training

Posted June 30, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Swim away! Basing their decision on new research, The American Academy of Pediatrics has reversed their position on swimming lessons for toddlers.

The Importance of Arts Education for Children

Posted June 23, 2010 by Debbie Dragon

Arts education is one of the most important areas of child development, but has to justify its relevance to learning to share shrinking budgets.

Teen Driving Safety and Early School Start Times

Posted June 16, 2010 by Fred Lee

A new study has found that when teenagers start school earlier, there is an increase association with traffic accidents.

Transitioning to a New Preschool

Posted June 7, 2010 by Debbie Dragon

To help your child feel less apprehensive and make the transition to a new preschool less traumatic, consider the following tips.

Take Your Kids to the Park (and Leave Them There) Day Is Almost Here: Are You A "Free Range" Parent?

Posted May 21, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Lenore Skenazy, the writer/columnist/mom/blogger who started yet another crack in the great parental divide when she wrote about letting her nine-year old son ride a subway alone in New York, is encouraging moms and dads to take what may be considered a radical step for today’s parents.