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Balanced Parenting

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on May 9th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

boy-skateboardingParenting is a balancing act—and no one who is honest will tell you that they did it just right.

If you’re overprotective, your children become fearful
If you aren’t protective enough, they’ll have good reason to be fearful
If you guide or make all their decisions, they’ll lack the ability to reason
If you give them responsibility for decisions too early, they may be hampered by poor choices

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Spring Break Games

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on April 1st, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

mom-son-making- cookiesAh, spring break. If you aren’t going out of town and aren’t signing your kids up for a week-long day camp, here are a few ideas beyond field trips and play dates (both of which are great ideas in themselves, incidentally!)

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Siblings, Legos and Other Desperate Moves

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on March 25th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

boys-fixingMy children didn’t always like playing together. Shocking? I hope not! Occasionally, siblings are a perfect match for each other, but mine had very little in common other than parents! Extravert, introvert. Boy, girl. Mr. Rogers, Barney. See what I mean?

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The “I’m Bored” Antidote

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on March 15th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Happy friendsIt’s Saturday morning and it’s sleeting outside and the power is out inside. Could your children entertain themselves? I’d suggest not waiting until such a messy weekend to find out! Here are three ways to prepare—and to avoid the “I’m bored” whiners on more normal days as well!!

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Teacher Conferences

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on March 7th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

teacher-students-globeParents, teachers, students…it’s hard to tell who is more nervous about those conferences. They’re seldom long enough, and often not private enough, for deep conversation. So how can you get the most out of them?

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Resources for Parents Who Seldom Read

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on February 25th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

girl reading bookWhile it’s possible to raise a swimmer if you hate the water, and a pitcher if you can’t throw straight, the easiest way to raise readers is by reading yourself. While it might be hard to find time, might I suggest that if you found the right book, little would stand in the way of your finishing it? And if your children see you squeezing in time to get back to a great book, might they also see books as worthy of their time? Here are some great ways to find titles

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If You Want Your Child to Read, Read!!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on February 18th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Girl read bookLast week, I explained the first rule of what to do if your child’s teacher is concerned about his or her progress as a reader: DON’T PANIC!! By that I mean, concentrate on creating a love of reading rather than on worksheets, tutors, or other programs that dwell on isolated skills rather than on the natural lure of stories. If your children watch TV or play video games that have a plot line, they do love stories. Help them see books in the same light.

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Read, Read, Read

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on February 6th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – 2 Comments

girl-readingIf your child is in grades K-6 and the teacher is worried about whether his or her reading skills are at grade level, remember these three rules:

  •  Don’t Panic
  •  Always Carry a Book (preferably two)

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Math Rules!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on October 30th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Rule #1 for parents in math: NEVER again say, “I was never very good in math.” Especially never say in front of your child, “I was never very good in math, so I guess it’s no surprise that my child struggles, too.”

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Encouraging Homework Autonomy

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Web Connections on October 18th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

If you would rather not take on, or would like to relinquish, the role of “homework police” and your child’s school has a homework portal, you are set. By the time our children entered 6th grade, we set the parent portal preferences so that we were only notified if our kids missed assignments.

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