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Beating the Back to School Blues

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Today, I packed backpacks full of new school supplies, strategically stuffing paper towels, hand sanitizer, glue sticks and crayons. In the next few days, we’ll take a family trip to the shoe store and walk out with fresh kicks to transport us into the new year. I happen to be one of the strange souls that loves school supplies. The smell of new crayons and the clean feeling of a fresh notebook make my heart swell. I love it. Even though I love the preparation, I find myself a little blue each time a new school year rolls around. I reminisce over the fun we had through the summer and find myself baffled at how quickly it expired. I tend to think back through the years and feel a bit heartbroken at how big my children are getting. There...

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Consistency: So Hard but So Important

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

We know consistency is essential in our responses to our children, but it’s so hard! Consistency can be defined as “conformity with previous practice; agreement with what has already been done.” When we are inconsistent in the area of disciplining our children, we give them a consequence for a misbehavior on some occasions and ignore the same wrongdoing other times or become angry and give too strong a consequence. Consistency also can be defined as “the predictability of a parent’s behavior.” It is important because it satisfies the child’s need for safety. He knows how his parent will act and he feels safe and secure. When we’re inconsistent, he continues to misbehave to try to make us correct him and cause him to feel secure. Most of us want to be consistent—so why is it so difficult? Sometimes we...

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Pointers for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Hopefully you and your family have settled into the new school-year routine! Before you know it, parent/teacher conference time will be here. Here are a few tips to prepare you for that day. Here’s the deal.  You have 15-20 minutes to speak about or hear everything you need to know about how your student is progressing.  Perhaps you’d like to ponder a few pointers to maximize the use of those precious moments. Be positive and prayed up. Be prepared.  Think of questions or concerns that need to be shared with the teacher.  Jot them down ahead of time. Be alone (with your spouse of course, if possible).  Arrange for childcare or have a game plan that allows for focused one-on-one time with the teacher. The student really should not be present during this time. Siblings either. Be on time. The teacher usually has appointments scheduled back...

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Handling the Homework Horrors

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

As the air turns cooler and school bells signal the start of a new year, parents around the nation are gearing up to help their children complete homework. There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than watching a child struggle under a heavy load of work or looking at your 4th grader and admitting that you can’t do this type of math either. The homework horrors hit the best of us. But, if you’re already living in agony about the homework that you’ve found crumpled in the bottom of this year’s Superman backpack, then take a deep breath, grab a glass of sweet tea, and remember that there is hope. As a former teacher, I’m often asked, “So, what’s a parent to do when everybody is stumped by the math problems at hand, or when it’s 11:00 p.m. and you’ve...

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Thirty days hath September; Make family memories you’ll always remember!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 4 comments

September drops hints of an impending new season. With autumn around the corner, many leaves begin to lose their lush green colors and the slight coolness in the air promises shades of gold and tangerine and crimson in the near future. Use all thirty days of September to create final summer memories, according to the calendar, and fresh fall ones, post-autumnal equinox. Make every day a holiday this month with the ones you love! Try a few of these zany, but actual, celebrations and create some of your own unique family ones, too. National Wildlife Day – God’s creations are magnificent and offer exquisite beauty and fascination, along with occasional fear and trepidation. Take the family on a long nature walk in the woods, on a hiking trail, in a state park, or on a country dirt road. Use...

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Ensuring Your Child’s School Safety

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Summer vacation is a great time to let the hair down and relax in the joy of families and friends coming together for fun in the sun. But when June, July, and August vacations yield to the first day of school, reality sets in and parents are forced to realize that their children will spend more time in school than with them, meaning they relinquish some control. As moms and dads put kids back on the school bus at 7 a.m. or drop them off at the front door of the schoolhouse, there can be an overwhelming rush of fear. In light of the media’s sensationalized reporting of episodes of school violence, including school shootings, many parents sit in their cars asking, “Is it safe to send our children to school? Does the local school even know how to...

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