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Understanding STEM Learning for Young Children

In Child Custody, Parenting by Carly Baker

You adore your children and so does their other parent. Unfortunately, when the two of you are no longer a couple, there can be a great big divide between what you both believe is best for the children. Whether you split up a week ago or years ago, your children love both their parents and are doing their best to cope. They need you at your best and to be kept out of the middle of your custody dispute. Keeping Your Children Out of the Middle Take responsibility for how you choose to interact with your former partner. Regardless of why your relationship ended and how your spouse chooses to behave, you have control over your own conduct and your reactions. Your children will always remember this time period of …

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Appreciating Teachers and Being an Involved Parent

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Your children’s teachers spend a lot of time with them during the course of the year. For about six and a half hours a day, five days a week, you drop your kids off and leave them in the care of teachers. You put your trust into them to act in multiple roles, as caregivers, as instructors, as coaches, as mentors, and as role models. Being a teacher isn’t an easy job, and good teachers are worth celebrating for what they contribute to your children’s lives. So if your child has a great teacher, let the teacher know it. Let them know it in your words and actions. This may include sending kind notes or emails, talking to them if you see them at school, participating in teacher appreciation events …

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What Say Do You Have Regarding Your Child’s Education?

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Your children’s education provides critical academic knowledge and socialization that really lays a foundation for their future success. As a parent, you take your child’s education very seriously, knowing that it is both an investment and an opportunity. Further, you understand that you have to advocate for your child and to help your child find the motivation to achieve academic success. When parents separate, the issue of education can be a very delicate one. First, parents often fight over who can have physical custody of the child, so the geographic location of the child’s school is a big deal. In addition, if your child has been in a school for a long time, then there is the factor of normalcy for the child and allowing them to stay at a …

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The “Summer Slide” and Proactive Parenting

In Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

The summer with your children can feature a combination of fun events interspersed between long bouts of monotony. Even if you have a daily routine and activities, or if the children are in summer camps, there are still hours of the day when they sit around watching television, playing videogames, or disappearing into their Instagram and social media personas. Simply put, during the summer, children’s minds miss out on the seven hours of school and the level of social interaction they have during the school year. The academic deterioration of what they learned throughout the year is sometimes referred to as the “summer slide”. In fact, research has shown that children’s math and reading skills are particularly hard hit during the summer months. Limiting the Summer Slide As parents, we …

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Resuming Your Education After Divorce

In Lifestyle, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Many of us have dreams for our futures. This usually involves some combination of achievement in education or career, marriage, and starting a family. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to have it all. In fact, getting married and having children create many tough decisions for both spouses. One common casualty of having a marriage and children is a spouse’s education and career. We see this a lot, and for a wide variety of reasons, including: An education is expensive. Although an education is an investment in your future, tuitions can be unaffordable for many people. Paying for college tuition or trade school, or assuming a big student loan simply isn’t an option for some people. Or if a person gets married or has children while receiving their higher education, the couple’s …

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Considering Your Child’s Education

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

When parents separate or divorce, children simultaneously have to process the grief of their family unit splitting and the anxiety of what is going to happen to their day-to-day lives. It has a real and lasting impact on their emotional development. Divorce can be incredibly disruptive to children, who want to keep living in their home, going to their school, engaging in their extra-curricular activities, and seeing their friends. Unfortunately, it sometimes does not work out the way the children would wish. In fact, one of the battles that often brews in contested custody battles concerns the children’s education. Where children go to school is generally determined by where they live. This makes sense from a practical point of view, as children need to get ready in the morning and …