Grades Matter But Quality Childhood Matters More!

Starting school is always such a surreal experience for a family. As this annual rite of passage rolls around, I'm reminded of how important it is to help our kids remember they are so much more than the sum of their grades, test scores, and project results! Think back on your childhood. What do you remember? Is it grades? Teachers? Homework amount? Did you have standardized tests, and if so, … [Read more...]

Wake-Up Call: Teens too stressed about school and future!

When I think back on my middle school and high school days, the future was out there and getting into college on our minds as high school days marched on, but it wasn't the stress and all consuming mission it is for today's teens. Somewhere along the line, the exploration of life that comes with being a teen has been replaced with a mission to "get on" with life. Unless I didn't get the memo that … [Read more...]

Congrats, Parents and Kids, Another School Year Well Done!

With this year's school year ending and all the award ceremonies and talk of achievements and accomplishments, let's talk stock that while some achievements merit that added not at a ceremony with a certificate and a hand shake, most others are harder to pin down and require us parents to point out. In fact, those are the ones that often matter most! So, as school ends and summer starts to sneak … [Read more...]

To High School Graduates: Education First, Career Choice Second!

It's here again...high school graduation season. That annual rite of passage for high schoolers coast to coast to embark upon that much anticipated journey from home to that first true independent step outside the safety net of their childhood homes and communities. What always amazes me is the pressure high school kids feel as they embark upon this journey and how often I hear these kids express … [Read more...]