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  • Do your homework!

    If you’re worried about your kids’ schooling, think about …

  • Did you do your chores?

    It’s officially summer where I live, and that means millions of Atlanta parents are preparing for battle. Some are jumping right in, hoping to get it right, right from the start (for these folks, there’s only one right way to do this). Some other parents are somehow on the opposite side of the spectrum, taking a laid-back approach this year, hoping that another year of life under their kids’ belts will somehow make those kids spontaneously feed the dog, take the garbage to the curb, and put away their folded laundry (somehow I doubt this will happen).

  • Hee-Haw Parenting

    “In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.” (Michel De Montaigne) A donkey is a beast of burden; it carries whatever is put on its back. But we want more for our children than that. We want them to […]

  • The Homework Cure

    As the weather warms up, one consistent consequence is that the desire for doing homework cools down considerably. Whether the cause is spring fever or senioritis, resistance to schoolwork intensifies as the finish line of summer vacation approaches. Assignments are increasingly left unfinished. Homework routinely stays at school or gets lost. It can sometimes seem […]

  • From Sous Chef to Your Chef

    My oldest son is a freshman in high school and signed up for a Food and Nutrition class this year…not because he has a strong desire to learn to cook and not because he is interested in learning about cholesterol.  He simply likes to eat.  What 14 year old boy doesn’t? I had other reasons […]

  • Confessions of a Homework Hover-er

    I know. I, of all people, should know better. Having more anxiety about my child’s grades than she does isn’t a good thing. But for some reason, as the stakes get higher for my daughter (who is now in the 7th grade), the nagging Nellie inside me wants to be heard more than ever. Case […]