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Rebecca Jackson is the co-author of The Learning Habit

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How The Learning Habit Is Changing American Homework

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:48 PM

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In an earlier post, Balanced Homework Habits, I discussed the need for homework reform in the United States. Books such as The Learning Habit by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and the research behind them, are inspiring parents to take a look at the...

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Understanding Test Anxiety and What We Can Do to Help Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 4:23 PM

Test anxiety is a bigger problem than many parents and teachers realize.

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A staggering 16-20% of students have high test anxiety, making it the most frequent academic impairment in our schools today Another 18% are troubled by...

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The Case Against Group Projects: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn From Them

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 7:22 AM

In education, only some group projects facilitate responsibility and social learning.
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One of the hardest things for children to do is to take responsibility for the things they control--namely, themselves and their actions. The most successful children are the ones who are...

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'Mommy, What Does 'Die' Mean?'

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:12 PM

If you walk into my living room at exactly 7:00 p.m., you will hear my husband and I reciting the same line at exactly same time. Actually, we don't say it; we sort of sing it to the rhythm of 'peek-a-boo,' except we ask, "Whose turn is it?"

My...

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Study Finds Habits in Children Take Root by Age 9 -- Here's What That Means for Parents

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:22 PM

A recent study out of Brown University has concluded that routines and habits in children, including household chores and responsibilities, are unlikely to vary after the age of 9. For most children, this takes firm root by the third grade. According to the research, which surveyed nearly...

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It's OK to Use the Word 'Hate'

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Several years ago, I was dropping my daughter off at preschool when her teacher asked, "What did you do last night?" My daughter replied cheerfully, "We had vagina pizza!"

Clearly, my coffee had not fully kicked in, because I actually stood their grinning like an idiot for a full...

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5 Easy Homework Strategies in 5 Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:44 AM

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I was inspired to write this article after reading Jessica Lahey's article in the New York Times, "Autonomy Works Best for The Classroom." Lahey, a public school teacher and author of the forthcoming book "The Gift of Failure" believes...

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5 Ways To Relieve Homework Stress in 5 Minutes

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 5:30 PM

I was inspired to write this article after reading Jessica Lahey's article in the New York Times, "Autonomy Works Best for The Classroom." Lahey, a public school teacher and author of the forthcoming book, The Gift of Failure, believes overzealous parents who manage their children's homework...

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What Happened to My Son's Memory?

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 8:49 AM

I'm mid-conversation with my 15-year-old, and he's filling me in on the happenings of his day. They chose pseudonyms in French class. His "French" name? Bruno. I remind him that Bruno is Italian, not French, but he could care less. "It's hilarious," he assures me.

Then, I hear it --...

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What Happened to My Son's Memory? Science Explains Phenomena Affecting Digital Natives

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:59 PM

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I'm mid-conversation with my 15-year-old, and he's filling me in on the happenings of his day. They chose pseudonyms in French class. His "French" name? Bruno. I remind him that Bruno is Italian, not French, but he could care less. "It's hilarious," he...

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The New England Patriots and The Pink Jersey

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Last week, I watched the Ravens-Patriots game with my 6-year-old daughter. We shared the ottoman together with a giant bag of Doritos. She's in first grade, and enjoys watching the games as much as I do. I notice that she's not wearing the pink Patriots jersey her father bought her...

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The New England Patriots and The Pink Jersey

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 1:01 PM

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(My husband and daughter)

Last week, I watched Ravens-Patriots game with my 6-year-old daughter. We shared the ottoman together with a giant bag of Doritos. She's in first grade, and enjoys watching the games as much as I do. I noticed that she...

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How Not to Raise a Generation of Quitters

(11) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:33 AM

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In the United States, at least 36% of school-aged children will not attempt a difficult or strenuous task. Furthermore, parents report that these children will quit tasks that are challenging "most or all of the time." In countries with more rigorous...

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Trouble Focusing? New Checklist Can Help Parents Make Evaluations

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 10:57 AM

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2015 is the year Americans are throwing out the adage of "resolutions" and replacing it with the beneficial term "habits." Why? Resolutions focus only on the end result; when that doesn't occur fast enough to be rewarding, we tend to give up. Making...

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Ringing in Good Behavior

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 2:22 PM

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Standing in the checkout line at HomeGoods, I carefully inspected the items in my cart. I'd found gifts for all three of my daughter's teachers, my sister-in-law, and several stocking stuffers for my husband. I estimated that I'd overspent my budget by about...

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The Toughest Decisions in Life Are Gray

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:16 PM

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Important decisions aren't black and white. In fact, they are surprisingly gray. Hard choices don't have a fairytale ending -- the real ending is one we often replay over and over in our minds. I frequently find that the most infuriating choices are...

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School Should Also Be About Learning Through Play

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:32 PM

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Creating opportunities for all children to learn, in a country as vast as the United States, is a unique challenge. One salient point all sides seem to agree on is that children learn though play. Exactly what that "play" looks like and where...

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How Children Develop an Internal Clock

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 2:49 PM

The following is an excerpt from The Learning Habit by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, Rebecca Jackson and Dr. Robert Pressman by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, Copyright © 2014 by Good Parent, Inc

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The Clever New Way TV Advertises Alcohol to Kids

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:38 AM

We know that children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to advertising. We are aware that they are easily influenced by peer pressure. We see that they have a self-image that is fragile and is still being molded. Parents, educators and advertising executives are all aware of these simple truths.

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The Learning Habit Challenge!

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Addicted to your cell phone? Take our challenge!

We can all get stuck in familiar routines that are nonproductive, simply because they are repeated, day after day. So, after repeatedly doing the same thing, day in and day out, we develop habits that are counterproductive to learning. We feel off-balance...

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