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This is the season for graduation parties, and we all know that some teen graduates will drink, drive, and die during these celebrations. Sometimes parents just assume that their teens know how they feel about drinking and driving, or about saying no to alcohol. However, many studies of teens prove that if kids do not hear their parents say “No” […]

Has your teenager been given one of the following labels at school? • Learning disabled • Emotionally disturbed • Mentally retarded • Educationally handicapped These are a few of the many terms used to label students in schools across the country. Schools label kids because it’s an efficient way of handling students who don’t fit the mold in the regular […]

Underachievers perform below their potential at school. They don’t finish their school work and homework. If you help them with homework, they lose it or don’t it in. The main cause is your child’s reaction to pressure and interference around school work. Poor grades become a way of proving his independence. The harder you try, the worse the situation becomes. […]

The turbulent times of adolescence can mean trouble at school, either academically or socially. If your teen’s grades have fallen, talk with him and his teachers about this to discover the reason. Make sure that he has enough structured study time and completes homework assignments on time. • Consider a temporary dip in grades as part of his adjustment if […]

What is there that makes you madder than finding out that your child is being pestered by a bully at the bus stop? Most frustrating is the fact that if it’s serious, physical bullying, it’s best to just stand by and let your child handle the situation. However, here are some suggestions about how you can help. • Talk about […]

Many kids do poorly in school because they have a hard time remembering the many different kinds of facts required for academic success. Here are some techniques you can encourage your child to use to help him develop a better memory for all the information he has to digest during the school day: • Suggest that he form visual images […]

You’ve been informed that your child isn’t working up to grade level and may need to be kept back in the same grade during the coming year. What should you do? Repeating grades has been an important administrative tool for dealing with late bloomer, underachievers, and misfits of all kinds for decades. However, research suggests that repeating grades may be […]

Concern is growing among educators that we’re forcing preschool children to engage in academic tasks that they’re simply not ready for. Increasingly, preschools are demanding that kids do pencil and paper activities to prepare them for grade school. Unfortunately, this rush is creating a new malady – “the hurried child syndrome”. Warning signs can include stomach aches, headaches, anxiety, depression, […]

Late bloomers are kids who learn and grow in a normal fashion, but take their time doing it. For example, while most kids learn how to read by the age of six or seven, the late bloomer may not actually read until about eight or nine or even later. It’s possible to late bloom in a number of different areas, […]

Has your child been given one of the following labels at school? • Learning disabled • Emotionally disturbed • Mentally retarded • Educationally handicapped • Neurologically impaired These are a few of the many terms used to label children in schools across the country. Schools label kids because it’s an efficient way of handling students who don’t fit the mold […]