CyberSafe and Savvy tip 5: Dr. Gwenn’s Guide to Online Behavior

The best way to teach kids how to behave online is to behave well online ourselves. If we are stellar examples of digital citizens and treat each other with respect online, our kids will pick up those behaviors and treat each other well, too. But, kids being kids, they do seem to stay on course best with some simple rules to follow. So, here are a few easy to remember rules for behavior for the … [Read more...]

Back To School Tips

Preparing for a new school year is always a bit overwhelming and catches even the most organized of parents off guard. It seems to come on out of no where and in what feels like the blink of an eye we find ourselves in school mode - again - with summer becoming a distant memory. It's temping to panic - I know!  But, there truly is no rush. You and your family will get into the swing of the … [Read more...]

Function or Fashion: What do your teens wear to school in the winter?

My high school daughter left for school the other day in her sneakers. If it weren’t for the fact that our driveway is a bit of a hill and we’re surrounded by mounds of snow, and the day before were slammed with 6 more inches of snow and an ice storm significant enough to close school for the afternoon and evening I’d think nothing of it. I’m not entirely sure, to be honest, how she made it up our … [Read more...]

Backpacks: Today’s Fashion or Fashion Disaster

Walking home from school

Today's school backpacks are an amazing amalgam of fashion and function - with sometimes a dash of technology as many seem to come either prewired for ear phones or with a special place for them. As our kids move through elementary school and beyond, the look of this bag becomes as important as what is inside – and perhaps even more so. Today's backpacks remind me of Hermione Granger's purse - … [Read more...]