Tag - Parenting

Word Wonder

Teaching a new word to your child can seem difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 10 tips to help:Try not to overdo it.Don’t expect your child to learn 10 new words a day. One or two a day is more than enough and it will be more likely to stick. ...

Powerful Parenting Phrases

Parenting is hard. Saying the right things to help your child become a good person is even harder. How can you help your child see that you not only love them, but that you respect them? Here are a few phrases that can help:“I like you.” This is different from “I love you.”...

AP Awareness

If you are a junior or senior in high school, you may be taking an Advanced Placement (AP) class in hopes of getting some college credit. These classes are a terrific way to get ahead in college, but not just because of the possibility of skipping a freshman level class or two. The skills...

Conference Questions

It's that time of year for Parent-Teacher Conferences, and some parents may be wondering exactly how they should handle them. You want to know how your child is doing, but you're worried the teacher may reveal the worst. Here are a few questions you can ask your child, the teacher, and yourself to help...

Making Meaning

For most parents, they understand how important reading is for children, especially at a young age. As they grow older though, it can be more difficult to gauge whether they understand the meaning of what they are reading. Here are a few ways you as a parent can help you child find meaning in what...

Saving Scores

When students take the ACT, they have the option to send their scores to up to four colleges where they are looking at applying. This is a free option during registration for the ACT, however, you might want to hold off on sending those scores right away. Here's why:Each time a student takes the...

Essay Prompts ’16-’17

The website The Common Application has announced its personal statement essay prompts for the 2016-2017 year. This website allows students to apply to over 600 colleges and universities around the world with one application form. While the form may be the same, the essay questions change from year to year. The essay prompts are designed...

ACT Anticipation

The ACT is coming up within the next 24-48 hours. Your child has studied hard (or maybe not at all). It's the point of no return. What can you, as a parent, do to help them make the most of the last few days before the ACT test? Here are a few ideas:Stay Positive. Just...

Summer Reading Programs

Summer is almost here, which for libraries across the nation, means summer reading programs will begin soon. Summer reading programs are one of the most effective ways to get your children, teens, and even yourself to read during summer break. Most libraries offer these programs for free, and by simply reading and logging what...

Math: Misery to Manageable

For most people, math was not their favorite subject in school (unless of course you are a mathematician, in which case, never mind). In fact, the Associated Press did a study in 2005 regarding adults and their view of the subject. 37% of those adults said they "hated" math while in school, and more...