- Joseph Grenny, Author And Leadership Expert | Back To School | Thu, Aug 29, 2013 4:05 PM EDT | Comments
With the school year upon us, kids across the country are bound to encounter bullying on the playground and online. The most common reactions to bullying are either silence or physical aggression. Our silence tacitly condones the abuse and can allow it to escalate to the point that only aggressive action can shut it down.
Effective communication can be a powerful deterrent to bullying, but only if you know how to navigate a high-emotion situation. Parents should discuss these steps with older children and teens at the beginning of the school year to minimize problems with bullying.Beyond teaching key skills for diffusing conflict, this conversation will help kids know when to alert an adult about physical or emotional aggression. These tips are relevant to anyone who has direct contact with a bully, including children and teens, but are also helpful for teachers and parents.
Here are four tips for stopping both playground and cyber bullying in its tracks-before someone gets really hur...Read More »
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Back To School | Fri, Aug 30, 2013 3:18 PM EDT | Comments
At least once a year, we learn of some major retail fail when it comes to girls' clothing. A couple of years ago, JC Penney advertised a T-shirt that read, "I'm too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me." This summer, retailer The Children's Place was forced by intense social media backlash to pull its own sexist shirt decorated with a checklist of girls' favorite topics. Shopping, music, and dancing were all checked off, while the box next to math was left conspicuously empty.
Less blatant, but still aggravating, are the aisles of clothing in pink and purple – often embellished with sparkles and satin – that fill most major clothing stores at back-to-school time. Girls who want something a little less-Disney Princess usually end up in the boys' section. The fit may be off, but at least the cuts are more comfortable, not to mention the choice of colors is a little more expansive.
Last spring, Sharon Choksi, a mom from Austin, Texas, took matters into her own hand...Read More »
- Astrology.com | Back To School | Wed, Aug 28, 2013 12:04 PM EDT | Comments
Let Astrology Help You Get Your Kids Back to School Smoothly
Heading back to school can be a tricky transition for kids, with many having to deal with new friends, new teachers, and even new social dynamics. It's normal for your child to feel some anxiety about heading back to school, so based on your child's Sun sign qualities, here are some tips to help you support their transition!
Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
If your child is an Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, they are a Cardinal sign, which means they like to initiate change. Paint the back-to-school experience as an adventure full for new possibilities, and your child will likely start to get excited about heading back. Helping your child understand that onward and upward change is a normal part of life will make it easier for them to navigate any changes they may initially resist. You'll see new maturity emerging in your child as the school year begins.
Stock up on new sportswear for your Aries child; revamp an old favorite toy or piece of school equipment for your Can...Read More »
- Erin Zammett Ruddy | Back To School | Fri, Aug 30, 2013 9:23 AM EDT | CommentsMy kids start school in about a week (hooray!) and that means dinner, along with life in general, will be taking a more structured form. We'll be eating earlier, together, indoors, sans bathing suits. And hotdogs will not be on the menu. The transition from summer mealtime to fall requires some thought and I don't know about you, but it takes me a little while to jump-start my mom brain after the lazy days. Especially when it comes to preparing food (we literally grilled everything this summer). Enter the brand-new cookbook "Keepers" by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion, two busy moms and home cooks who know their way around good food (they met while working at Saveur). For years they traded recipes and tips and finally decided to share their "keepers" with the rest of us (those "brag-worthy, reliable, crowd-pleasing recipes that you can confidently turn to again and again"). Yes, please!
...Read More »Full disclosure: Caroline and I worked together at Glamour for years and I think she's fantastic
- Babble.com | Back To School | Tue, Sep 3, 2013 11:32 AM EDT | Comments
Well, the first month of school year 2013-2014 is now underway, meaning that our family is back on more of a schedule than we find it necessary to keep in the laid back summertime. With E in 10th grade and C in 1st this year, we all have to get up earlier to get kids awakened, C dressed, everyone fed, and then both C and E to their two different schools on time.
Soon, when the fall lacrosse season starts, we will be shuttling E to and from practices and games, and C's Suzuki violin lessons have now resumed following a summer hiatus. Also, in C's case, we have to time supper and anything else that we hope to accomplish in any given evening around our school night goal of having her in bed by 8 pm.
Oh yeah, and then there's the nightly parental ball and chain known as homework.
Last night was the first one since C began school last week when she had homework to bring home. Her teacher wanted to give the kids a chance to settle in before beginning to assign nightly homework, which...Read More »