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Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.

Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases…

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How to Help Your Child Love School

If you need to drag your child to school every day, while they are wailing and refusing to go, you know that something needs to change. Your kid might not understand it at an early age, but school opens up a lot of opportunities later in life and your anxiety regarding your children’s academic performance is a natural impulse conditioned by your own experience. You know that a good academic achievement paves the way to college and consequently helps your child land the job…

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Added by Tracey Clayton on June 23, 2017 at 10:10am — No Comments

The teenage summer job is: Studying

When I was a teen, I talked to my Mom about getting a job. She told me that I already had a full-time job, which was to be an excellent student. So, I stayed unemployed and maintained excellent grades. When summer approached, I talked to her again about getting a job, and she reminded me that I would be working my whole life: I should enjoy the summer off while I could.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 14, 2017 at 6:50am — No Comments

Thinking about ways to improve

At least once a week I have an argument with my son over homework. I fully understand his position: He doesn't want to do it. I am not sure that he understands my position, however: Homework is a part of school; it is a way to show comprehension of materials learned during the week. I am just trying to read him his spelling words.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments

Your online guide in finding the perfect art school in London

By the time, you have decided that you want to attend an art school you will have already realised how competitive it is to get a career in your chosen subject. Because of the competitiveness, it’s understandable that more and more people are looking to get degrees in order to give them a competitive edge.

By attending art school, you will be able to refine your existing talent and even market your skills. It’s not only the diploma but the experience you get to create the best…

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Added by Brienne on May 17, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

The friends we drift away from

My son is at the peak of his imagination game years - the years in which your best friend is the person who will pretend to be a Pokemon with you and then join into a fight with Bowser that is filled with explosions. (Side note: Children would make excellent improv artists, except that they have difficulty taking suggestions from outsiders.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 12, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments

How Can You Help Your Child When They are a Victim of Bullying

 by Leah Campbell

Nothing brings out the mama (or papa) bear in parents quite like learning someone has been hurting your child. In an instant, all reason goes out the window and we become determined to do whatever it might take to protect our little cub.

That instinct is exactly why most parents who learn their child is being bullied have to initially resist the urge to go out and bully the little jerk that is hurting their child right back.

Having that urge is normal.…

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Added by Rose Marie Iskowitz on April 26, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The secret of the morning

I'm going to tell you a secret:



I've mentioned before that I am a morning person, and it is true: I am usually at my best in the morning. My alarm goes off, I get out of bed and my brain starts buzzing about the day I am going to have.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments

Alert: Your child missed an assignment today

I know what my son's homework is: I know about the spelling assignments and the online math homework and the reading comprehension sheets and all the additional projects. I know all of this, of course, because my son's teacher sends notes - both physical and over email - on a very regular basis.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments

Remembering the person you were in high school

A few months ago we took our son to the local high school to watch a robotics competition. In addition to the robotics, he loved seeing the older students and spent some time talking about how large the school was and what he would learn there.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 15, 2017 at 6:35am — No Comments

Becoming the teacher's pet (when you are a parent)

Right before Valentine's Day, I received several brightly colored pieces of paper letting me know that parents were invited into the classroom to secretly decorate their child's desk for February 14.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 3, 2017 at 6:58am — 2 Comments

No time like the present

My son is doing his math homework on the computer. Today's lesson centers on the clock. He dutifully types in the time that each clock face represents. Since he is pretty good at this, he whizzes through all the questions.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Your child's working week

I am a working Mom. I put in more than 40 hours at the office and come home to household responsibilities. I take my son to cub scouts and swimming lessons, and I go through spelling words with him at night. I would like to think that our lives are pretty typical of a family with two working parents.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 16, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

The technology of sleep

During winter break, my son woke up every morning at around 6 am in an insanely cheerful mood and ready to tackle whatever fun the day would bring. (Mind you, this is the same little bear who grumbles and growls every other morning when his alarm goes off around 7 am.) Although I enjoyed the morning company, after five days of this I asked why he was able to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments

The thing about girls and math...

When I was in fifth grade, I missed a few days of school due to sickness and when I came back, I had some trouble getting up to speed on fractions. They were hard and awful and I cried at school one day because I thought that I would never understand them. And I am pretty sure that in that moment, I decided I wasn't good at math.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments

Unpacking at the end of the day

My son has a few responsibilities when he gets home from school, which includes unpacking his book bag.



This is a relatively simple gig, and yet, it can go so very, very wrong. I have often come home from work to find his bag still packed on the couch or his things scattered in a few locations. Don't get me…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 17, 2016 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Mom Meltdown

It’s 4:20am and I just walked my Husband to his car.  As he starts the car to leave to catch his vanpool, I start crying.  “I can’t lose my baby!”  No, I’m not pregnant…I’m referring to my 17-year-old Daughter.  She is a Junior in High School, and this…

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Added by crystal arzu on December 15, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How was recess today?

In our family, we've been working on kindness. And because we are focused on that, I get to hear about recess a lot.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 7, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Getting a call from the teacher

During our parent-teacher conference with my son's teacher, my husband and I did our best to ask the questions we had about homework, behavior, areas of improvement and strengths to develop for our son. (We did not ask about the brightly colored emails.) We did make sure that she knew that if there were any problems, we wanted…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 23, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

The words that are off-limits

When my son was in preschool, he came home with the announcement that one of his friends got in trouble at school for saying a bad word. As nonchalantly as I could, I asked what the bad word was. As quietly as possible, he said, "hate."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

What do you mean "lockdown"?

My son came home from school talking about how they had a lockdown drill. I didn't know what that was. He explained the procedure they followed to lock themselves in a classroom and to stay out of sight "in case a burglar or bad person" came into the school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

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