Leon Scott Baxter

Leon Scott Baxter, "The Dumbest Genius You'll Ever Meet," has been an elementary educator for the last eighteen years. He's the author of Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting, which helps parents raise happy and successful children. Learn more about raising happy successful children at SafetyNetters.com or on Baxter's YouTube Channel.

How I Prepared My Teen for the Demands of the Real World

By Leon Scott Baxter

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My eldest daughter, Riley, recently turned seventeen. She’ll be starting her senior year of high school this September. College is right around the corner. Then she’ll be gone, out on her own, dealing with the real world: paying bills, living with roommates, and coping with plain old jerks. The thing is, I think she’ll deal well... Read more »

Teacher’s Aide Opens My Parenting Eyes

By Leon Scott Baxter

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I’m so glad my aide, Chris, opened my eyes today. I teach third grade and have twenty-five eight and nine-year-olds scurrying about our room filled with desks, books and promise. At my school, I’m known for giving my students cool experiences that they will probably remember for years to come, as well as for being strict.... Read more »

Letting Our Little Fish Swim

By Leon Scott Baxter

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As I write this, my daughter Riley, a junior in high school, is preparing for a spring break trip—a cruise from Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Barbados, and other islands I have only dreamed of visiting. She’ll be traveling with two of her best friends, as well as the family of one of... Read more »

Are Teenagers Selfish, or Just Cocooning?

By Leon Scott Baxter

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Just a few years ago, it was, "Can I get you anything while I’m up, Papa?" and "Look what I made for you at school today," as well as "Let me make you breakfast in bed." Today my daughter Riley is fifteen, and I consider myself lucky if I can get her to look me... Read more »

The Parent Cycle: What Do You Role Model to Your Child?

By Leon Scott Baxter

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Now that Madison, my first-born, is fifteen, some of the rituals we shared when she was a toddler are beginning to fade in my old age. Last weekend, though, she reminded me of one. Madison was babysitting our neighbor’s three-year old, Chloe; and Chloe asked Madison to read her story after story. “After the tenth... Read more »