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“How will my children do in school? Will they perform up to their potential?” Questions like these are often on the minds of every parent ever since their child starts school in preschool or kindergarten. We look at their work, ask them questions, talk to their teachers. Often we still wonder, “How would I be… Read more

Children are typically introduced to early reading skills in kindergarten.  By the end of this school year, children are expected to know a minimum number of sight words and have mastered letter recognition and phonics sounds.  If your child has not achieved these basic skills by the middle of first grade, then they often have… Read more

If your student is having a hard time fitting into the school system, and feels like a “fish out of water”, take 6 minutes to listen to this great spoken word poem.  One of my clients played it for me the other day, and it really made an impression.  I often work with teens who… Read more

It’s the first day of school in our district, and I’d like to share some thoughts about how to help your children be successful in school.  As a therapist, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from my clients about what works and sometimes what doesn’t.  As a parent of two adult sons, I got to… Read more

How were your teen’s grades on the first quarter report card?  If they weren’t what you (or they) were expecting, I’ve compiled some websites with ideas that can help.  Some are written by professionals, and others have lists of idea by other parents.  Everyone is on roughly the same track — help your teen figure… Read more

Here is a post by Shiro Perera Torquato, Ph.D. on teens, grades and motivation Many parents believe that they can “motivate” their teenager to earn better grades in school by taking away things and activities they enjoy.  For example, a parent might restrict the privileges of watching TV, playing video games, and using a computer… Read more

Hello parents ! Most of you have just now sent your students off the their new school year. A few are waiting into after Labor Day. Either easy, we can all use a chance to take a look at ideas for how to make this school year even better than the first. Here’s a great… Read more

Fall semester report cards are coming! This is a very important time to evaluate your child’s situation at school. If you see a “bad” report card, and you’re not sure what to do next, here are some good ideas on “Dealing with Disappointing Grades”. If you want to delve further, here are links to two… Read more

In my last post, I took the position that it is getting harder and harder for some young adults to successfully “launch”; that is, to move out of their parents’ house and become independent.   I state that there are two main areas where parents have gotten off track.  One  is regarding helping their children plan… Read more

Here is a guest piece, written by clinical psychologist Shiro Torquato. You can learn more about her by visiting her page on our website. It’s back-to-school time again. If you are like most parents you view this time of year with mixed feelings. You are sorry to see the lazy days of summer gone (with… Read more

Are your kids back in school?  Some people love this time of year, and others, not so much.  I think it probably has a lot to do with how much you do or do not like structure, among other things.  I am someone who thrives on schedule and routine.  I like a break from it… Read more

Image by Wesley Fryer via Flickr Bullies have been a problem since Cain killed his brother Abel. All of us remember who the bullies were in school, and who was being bullied. Some of us, myself included, experienced bullying first hand. (Yes, “mean girls” existed even in the 70’s, and it wasn’t fun). School professionals… Read more