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 more Should 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 more Is 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 more Creating 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 more Queen 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 more Do 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 more Discipline 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 more Tips 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 more Teaching Realities of Living Expense
When you live in the south, “snow days” (or should I say “ice days”) bring great joy for teachers, parents and students … at least at first. However, when they are combined with holidays and become repetitive … learning starts to be effective and everyone starts to feel the stress. As a guest on … Read more Snow Days and Student Learning
It’s the holidays and a time to be with family and friends so UNPLUG and do just that … BE WITH family and friends. I understand that in some cases. electronic contact is the only way to connect this season with long distances interfering with actually being with those you love. However, the opportunity to … Read more Unplug