Want to Quit Quitting? Find your “Why.”

18th January 2024 by Susan Trencansky

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, and here’s why: they don’t work. If they did, the second Friday of every January would probably not be called “National Quitter’s Day.”  Unfortunately, by National Quitter’s Day, approximately 23% of people have already quit their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, research consistently shows that by the […]

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Vacation Means Vacation

21st December 2023 by Susan Trencansky

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and in every class,All the creatures were crossing off days as they passed. The teachers were minding their charges with care.Vacation was coming. They need not despair! And students were trying their best to attend,In spite of their wish for this school week to end. Fall term had been busy […]

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Four Fun Hacks for Homework Hub Success

20th November 2023 by Susan Trencansky

What’s a Homework Hub? While I would love to tell you that a Homework Hub is a magical place to which you can transport your child where all of their homework will get done efficiently with zero drama, that would be a lie. That said, a Homework Hub, once it’s set up and being used […]

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Three Key Steps to Reducing Homework Stress

17th October 2023 by Susan Trencansky

Among the most compelling arguments against the assigning of homework is that the doing of homework is profoundly disruptive for families. Homework often dominates the few evening hours children and parents get to share on weekdays and has the potential to derail family activities on weekends. As many of you can, unfortunately, attest to, the […]

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3, 2, 1…Blast off! Setting up a Launchpad for Pack-up Success

3rd October 2023 by Susan Trencansky

You know that sinking feeling? The one you get when you realize that you left your phone or wallet or lunch on the kitchen counter? Nobody likes that feeling; however, whether you are a child or an adult, there are going to be mornings on which you leave behind something that you really, really need […]

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Homework: To Help, or Not To Help? (I have the answer!)

10th September 2023 by Susan Trencansky

While many of us are soaking up the final days of summer fun, many students across America are already back in the classroom. And though families generally look forward to fall and the structure the academic calendar provides, establishing good routines in after-school hours can be challenging for parents and children alike, especially when it […]

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Softening the Transition from School to Summer

16th June 2023 by Lindasy Harringotn

Although many students and teachers eagerly await summer vacation, the end of the school year can actually be rather stressful for many students. Some may feel nervous about the changes that the following year will bring: a new teacher, a new classroom, a new group of kids. They may also have strong feelings about being […]

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Put to the Test: Strategies for Overcoming Test Anxiety & Stress

25th May 2023 by Lindasy Harringotn

With final exams looming right around the corner, many students are experiencing test anxiety or stress to some degree. While some nervousness before a test is normal and can enhance focus, test anxiety can escalate to the point that it begins to interfere with your daily activities. Thankfully, there are several strategies to help you […]

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To Be Free: Fostering a Sense of Autonomy in Our Children

13th March 2023 by Lindasy Harringotn

A new study in the Journal of Positive Psychology showed that having a sense of autonomy in our lives is a key contributor to our day-to-day happiness and sense of well-being (Kukita et al., 2022). The report defines autonomy as, “the feeling that your life, its activities and habits are self-chosen and self-endorsed.” Simply put, […]

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Small Pockets of Joy

27th February 2023 by Lindasy Harringotn

An esteemed colleague of mine recently wrote these words when addressing the school community that she leads, “ joy is the way through. ” These words literally stopped me in my tracks.

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