The effects of social media on our society has been the prevalent “hot topic” throughout the last year. All the research points to seriously negative effects of not moderating use of social media (especially for our young folks) … but it doesn’t seem to be changing our behaviors. So, again I participated in a panel … Read moreSocial Media & Mental Health
The Atl & Co Real Talk panel on Feb. 27th unanimously reported that they themselves have witnessed anxiety in children rising. The data is out there, but all you have to do is spend some time with kids and talk to their parents and you will know that we have a serious problem today. Unfortunately, … Read moreChildren & Anxiety-On the Rise?
As a retired teacher of 30 years, this subject is not new to me. And to be perfectly honest, because of first hand observations and lots of chats with other educators, my opinions have wavered some through the years … or maybe they have evolved. Anyway, as a firm believer in teaching responsibility and the … Read moreShould Teachers Give Zeros? Is Homework too Much?
Those of you who read my blogs regularly can surely predict my answer to this question … YES! YES! and YES! I believe dinner time, without electronics, can serve as a time of relaxation, information transfer, and bonding (not to mention a great time to rejuvenate our bodies with some needed food). Coming together over … Read moreIs Family Dinner Time Important?
I always told my children that their “job” as a kid, was to be the best student they could be. It was my “job” to go to work and be the best teacher I could be. Additionally, it was my “job” as a parent to assist them with being a good student. So, with back-to-school … Read moreCreating A Good Study Environment
There always has been and always will be Queen Bee Moms. They serve a purpose in our society and how we choose to deal with them (or if we choose to be one ourselves) has pros and cons, just like all personality characteristics. Real Talk this week addressed some of the actions and attitudes one … Read moreQueen Bee Moms
Do kids really disrespect their parents (and adults in general) more today than in the past? I think to a degree, they do. This phenomenon, I believe, stems from several factors … the #1 being that the parent/child relationship has changed over the years. Many parents strive to be friends with their children instead of … Read moreDo your kids respect you?
On Real Talk today we discussed parent-shaming as a way of disciplining children. Have you seen these attempt to shame kids into behaving properly? Seriously??? What are parents trying to prove with posting their discipline strategies to the world? My point is this … parents need to parent … not befriend their kids. This involves … Read moreDiscipline vs Punishment
Loved this segment on tipping etiquette we did on Atl & Co yesterday. Christine and Cara did great! Watch it and see if you are over or under tipping. Tips on Tipping And if you need more guidelines related to when and where to tip, there are 4 pages in L.I.F.E. – Social Skills to help you … Read moreTips on Tipping
Recently a mother posted on FB that her 5-year old receives $7 a week in allowance and the daughter then has to give her $5 dollars back ($1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable, $1 for food, and $2 the daughter keeps to spend or save). This posting has created quite … Read moreTeaching Realities of Living Expense