What to Do When a Teacher Doesn’t Like Your Child

April 13, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

It’s no secret that certain phone calls bring anxiety. Think about getting a call from your child’s teacher. To me, that call is like a bomb that keeps exploding in your face. The phone rings (the smoke). The teacher explains that she has tried to email you (blaring fire alarm). She shares that the other … Read More

Help Build Confidence in Your Child

February 11, 2015 by , Parent Blogger

I wear many hats in a day: sister, friend, confidant, colleague, and educator.  And although I wear my educator’s hat for over eight hours a day, I always place my most important hat on first: mother. This is the hat that keeps me grounded, empathetic, sympathetic and always assessing what is best for my child—and … Read More

When To Reach Out To Your Child’s Teacher

January 28, 2015 by , EP Editor

Your daughter is having a tough time navigating the social dynamics at school. Your son sometimes gets so frustrated with his reading homework that he’s brought to tears. When exactly should you reach out to your child’s teacher?

Thank You to the Rest of “The Village”

January 14, 2015 by , Empowering Parents Coach

I am fresh from a meeting with my daughter’s teachers to discuss her senior year. Overall, she’s doing pretty well. She has a good mix of classes and is keeping up relatively well with her coursework, save for a couple of missing assignments. Granted, her grades are not as stellar as they could be. She … Read More

How to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Your Child’s Special Education Teacher

January 9, 2015 by , Guest Blogger

For many kids, the start of a new school year can feel daunting. They enter a new classroom filled with unfamiliar faces and have to adjust to different teaching styles and expectations. For students with special needs, overcoming these unnerving feelings is crucial for their educational success.

Encouraging Your Child to Read

November 19, 2014 by , Parent Blogger

As parents, we know that throughout their lives, our children will benefit in so many ways from well-developed reading skills.  That’s why we start teaching them when they are little, sitting and reading to our kids, pointing out words and pictures.  And young children typically experience joy when first learning to read.  But as they … Read More

Teacher Talk: Communicating With Your Child’s Teachers

November 11, 2014 by , Guest Blogger

When a parent establishes a strong connection with a teacher early on, children quickly realize that both parent and teacher are on the same nurturing team: their team.  I have the pleasure of working with middle school children on a daily basis and see their joy and delight when their parents are involved in their … Read More

The Summer Brain Drain: What to Believe, Who to Blame, and How to Keep Your Child on Track

June 10, 2014 by , Parent Blogger

I am guilty, again. In this case, guilty of harboring a romantic notion that summer vacation from school is actually good for all children. As a novice teacher and young parent, I used to believe that all children who experienced the “glorious” freedom from demanding teachers and confining classrooms would benefit. Somehow given such freedom, … Read More