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How to Give a Crap About Homework

Beth Weissenberger | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
Beth Weissenberger

It's that time again - either you or your kids are back at school, and that means dealing with homework. Or maybe your version of homework is that project at work you've been blowing off, or that long list of chores and home repairs that has been gathering dust in the back of your mind.

Is Your Child Avoiding School?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

When kids are asked, "How was school today?" or "How was your day today?" some kids don't answer at all or gratuitously give a shrug. Other kids gaily mention at least one thing they did which they enjoyed. What do we do with the kids with the shrug?

Homework and Testing -- Make the Madness Stop

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

It is time to push back. It's time for parents and school administrators to form a united front against a well-intentioned but woefully misinformed government that is forcing curriculum and standardized testing on our kids.

Back to School Sucks!

Elisha Wilson Beach | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Elisha Wilson Beach

My Facebook feed is filled with parents celebrating back to school and here I am feeling like I just received a sentence to 9 months of torture. I can't be the only parent that feels this way?!?! No offense to all the hard working teachers, school administrators but frankly, back to school sucks!

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader in Common Core Math?

Janine Huldie | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Janine Huldie

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with kids being challenged a bit, but this goes beyond challenging our kids. Let's face it, most (kids and parents included) would honestly tell you that math is too hard for them, boring or just not their thing.

In Defense Of The Reading Log

Leah Singer | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Leah Singer

The reading logs are especially important for those kids who do not opt to read on their own, yet still need nightly practice.

Sometimes We Skip Homework

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 09.13.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Generally, whenever we don't have time to complete our homework, I am bombarded by an unpleasant cocktail of emotions: guilt, irritation, anxiety, frustration. That's right: I, a 37-year-old mother, felt overwhelmed and resentful about our third grade homework load. That's just not right.

Back to School: I'm Not Ready! Wait, Yes I Am. No, I'm Not!

Lynn LaPlante Allaway | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Lynn LaPlante Allaway

I guess I just hate handing over the reigns of my kids to someone or something else. But at the same time, I am also out of ideas of how to entertain all of us and how to keep one step ahead of FEMA declaring my home a disaster site.

The Real Reason Why This Mom Hates Homework

Joy Page Manuel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Joy Page Manuel

I hate homework because it brings out that side of me I swore I'd never be as a parent. It brings out nothing but ambivalence in me as I do the dance of balancing involvement or support with trying to teach my child accountability, autonomy and self-discipline while still have him excel in all that he does.

How The Learning Habit Is Changing American Homework

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Books such as The Learning Habit by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and the research behind them, are inspiring parents to take a look at the conventional wisdom behind giving children unlimited amounts of time to complete homework assignments.

5 Back-to-School Brain Boosters

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Although many schools do give homework to keep the mind working during the off months and many parents practice educational activities at home with their children, there's nothing like a little priming to ease back into a heavy, weekly academic regimen.

Some Kids Have Three Times The Suggested Amount Of Homework, Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents

Academic studies can be fascinating... and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you.&n...

Rocket Math

Gina Sampaio | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Gina Sampaio

So, uh . . . you got kids? Do they go to school? Are they old enough to have homework? Do they have . . . Rocket Math? Or Mad Minutes? Or some other kind of name that attempts to disguise a timed (read: stressful for some kids) at-home math test as a super fun game??

White House Wants To Close Homework Gap

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.16.2015 | Technology

The White House launched a new Housing and Urban Development program Wednesday to connect low-income households in dozens of communitie...

9 Reasons I'm a Summer Mom

Chana Frid | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Chana Frid

Don't get me wrong; I believe in education. I make sacrifices for my kids' education. School opens doors. An education is a gift no one can take away. I know all this. But between you and me -- and please don't tell my kids -- I'm a summer mom.

This 14-Year-Old's Homework Assignment Sparked a Mission to Feed America's Hungry

NationSwell | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact

When she was in the third grade, Katie Stagliano received a homework assignment that changed her life: to grow a cabbage from a single seedling. Hers grew to about 40 pounds. She took the cabbage to the local soup kitchen, where it was served with ham and rice to around 275 people.

Where Should My Child Do Homework?

Diana Grycan | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

If parents are constantly including themselves in the homework process, they are basically saying to the child that he or she is not able to do it by him or herself.

Working to Solve the Frustration Equation

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I made a promise to myself that if I ever had a child with a learning challenge, I would do everything in my power to make sure that they never had to feel lost in the world. If I could spare my own kids the pain and frustration I went through then everything I endured would be worth it.

Get In, Get Info, Get Out: The Awesome Art Of Skimming

Uloop | Posted 05.26.2015 | College

Whether you blatantly ignored the assignment the night before, had nine more to do or genuinely forgot, everyone has missed a reading assignment. The sheer volume of reading asked of college students is onerous and unrealistic.

In the Name of College! What Are We Doing to Our Children?

Michelle Rose Gilman | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
Michelle Rose Gilman

Raise your voices regarding this ridiculous competition to get nowhere fast! It isn't serving anyone, and our children are hurting. Go outside today and play--yes, you too parents. In fact, tonight at the dinner table or while bringing your child her food to her bedroom, why don't you say, "What if we..." and then go do it!

NYC Elementary School Eliminates Homework

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 03.12.2015 | Parents

A public elementary school in New York City has stopped giving its students homework, DNAinfo reports. P.S. 116 Principal Jane Hsu wrote a letter ...

6 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Themselves Before Telling Their Kids To 'Try harder'

Tanith Carey | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Tanith Carey

If children come to feel like trophies, they start to feel they are valued not for who they are, but for what they do and how good they make you look, breeding unhappiness.

Demystifying Parenting in the Digital Age

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Nowhere else in history has there been a reverse relationship between parent and child as in the domain of the Internet. The common belief that the child learns from the parent and influence primarily flows from parent to child is often negated in the area of Internet

5 Ways You Are Failing Students With Learning Disabilities (And What To Do About It)

Liz Frank | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

I worked as a learning specialist at a day school for a decade, teaching students with learning disabilities how to successfully navigate the rigorous academic landscape. Be sure to take special note of the past tense in that sentence.

Is Your Inner Middle Schooler Wreaking Havoc?

Liz Frank | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Liz Frank

My teacher didn't see me in a "whole child" sense. And as strange as it may seem, I'm grateful for her misinformed assumptions and public shaming.