What to Do if Your Child Doesn't Like Their Teacher

Sometime over the summer vacation, you can usually expect your child's school to send a letter or email letting you know which class they will be entering and who their new teacher will be. This information might be met with delight or perhaps surprise — but what if the announcement leaves your child upset? I was a teacher for 13 years, and in that time, more than 400 students passed through my class. I formed wonderful relationships with the vast majority of them, who I recall with fond memori
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Teaching Compassion to Kids

During my 13 year career as a teacher and school administrator, I often thought about the purpose of education. What were the essential lessons and skills I needed to impart to my students? And how could I best guide them in becoming successful adults? Initially, fresh out of college and filled with optimism, I thought it was imperative to teach children to think creatively and to question the world and its rules. Over the years as I became bogged down in bureaucratic standards and goals, I focu
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How to Apologize Like You Mean It

In my family, we excel at delivering apologies. We fight loudly and passionately and then we make up. We hug, we say we're sorry and we move on. Not all families work this way. During my first few years of married life, I tried to put my husband through my version of an apology boot camp. He resisted every step of the way. Eventually, I taught him how to say sorry. Now he acknowledges not only the intentions of his words and actions, but also their impact.
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Being a Work-From-Home Mom is Actually Kind of the Worst

Sure, this arrangement means I've got flexibility, but along with it comes a lot of hassle—and more guilt than I ever could have imagined. All parents are striving for more balance—fewer hours at work, more downtime with our families. But in an effort to achieve career success and provide all the perks of a middle-class upbringing, parents are working harder than ever. A recent study showed that 41 percent of full-time working parents have seen their hours increase in the last five years.

Here's How Expensive It Is To Buy Donated Breast Milk

Breast milk is called "liquid gold" for a reason my friends, and not just because the title is catchy. From the antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses to the relatively low cost of breastfeeding, breast milk is the preferred choice for a number of new moms and for a variety of reasons. But if nursing isn't possible, for either personal or medical reasons, breast milk doesn't have to be completely off the menu. How expensive is it to buy donated breast milk, though? And perhaps more imp

Want To Raise Great Kids? Teach Them To Be Losers

"Everyone gets a trophy!" The single-biggest corrupting force of the Millennial generation is supposedly our parents' efforts to boost our self-esteem by making everyone a winner. And sure, handing out a tie-first place ribbon to everyone does devalue the training and discipline that defines a winner, but I think the tide has turned on this strategy somewhat. We are beginning to understand more widely that we need to teach kids to be good losers, because everyone already knows how to win. In fac

New Moms Want To Know: Should You Put Off Bathing Your Baby Post-Birth?

At one point it was standard practice for newborn babies to be whisked away from their mothers right after birth, if only so they could be "cleaned up" and "ready" to be presented to their parents. Today, however, it's safe to say that most mothers want their babies placed directly on their bodies after birth, so skin-to-skin contact can initiate the bonding process immediately. So that begs the question, should you put off bathing your baby after they're born? While there are varying opinions r
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