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Handing Off Responsibility

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on May 28th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Junior Executive on a cell phoneAt orientation at my son’s college, the Dean of Students delighted in sharing crazy stories of “helicopter” parents. Parents calling deans to make sure their son or daughter was out of bed. Parents asking a dormitory head resident to assist a daughter with laundry. Parents calling roommates, saying, “If you ate the last piece of pizza, then you have to order another one so his son gets his share.” Crazy, yes, but these are all signs of panicked parents who suddenly realize their children may lack a few adult life skills!

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11 Reasons to Slow Down with Your Child

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on December 17th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

coach-swimming“Come on, hurry up!  We’re going to be late!”  I find myself saying these words almost without thinking.  I despise being late, but it seems despite my best efforts, I am always in a race against the clock.  I also have a tendency to over-schedule, and although so far it’s only been for my own activities and responsibilities, and not for my children, I know it affects the whole family.  For these reasons, Dr. Laura Markham’s post “11 Ways Your Child Loses When You Rush Him Through Life” on ahaparenting.com   really struck a chord with me.

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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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Parents and School Project Boundaries

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on October 11th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

A teacher at a private school made no friends when she remarked at the science fair, “Wow, the parents certainly worked hard this year!” She had only spoken the truth. The stamps of parent involvement were all to obvious in the craftsmanship of models and complexity of analysis.

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The Homework Pen and Pencil Rules

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on October 3rd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

We once sent home a perfectly delightful logic puzzle for children to solve. It was one of those great, perfect tasks that could be approached with various levels of sophistication. You could solve it simply by drawing pictures. Or, at the opposite end of abstraction, you could develop an intricately beautiful formula. We asked the children to persevere—how far can you get with this problem? Don’t worry about the answer, we’ll have fun with this tomorrow.

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The Ask Three Before Me Homework Rule

Posted in General, Jane Kise on September 26th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

If you’re used to sitting with your child as he or she does homework and providing immediate help, or checking each answer, here’s a simple strategy to start him or her on the road to homework independence: ASK THREE BEFORE ME.

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Avoiding Homework Battlefields

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on September 19th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

One mother groaned, “We had a three-hour battle over homework last night. First the

procrastination, then the complaints when we vetoed a television show, then the rush
before bedtime. But he needs to learn to take responsibility!”

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Homework Goals

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on September 14th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

As school returns to full swing, your household is probably trying to reestablish the perfect homework groove. It’s the perfect time to ask yourself, What is our goal for homework?

If your goal is to have each child turn in perfect homework each day, on time, you might want to reflect on the goal we had:

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Tuesdays with Jane: Does Your Child Delay Homework?

Posted in Jane Kise on December 6th, 2011 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

If you’re a “Well begun is half done” person—you dig right into chores to get them off your plate as fast as you can—then you probably get frustrated if your child doesn’t want to sit down at the kitchen table right after school and polish off those math problems. You may have even said things like, “Just do it before you go outside. Then you’ll know you’re free the rest of the day!”

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