Book Spotlight

I can’t think of a better inspiration for doing the holiday season with aplomb than blogger Jennifer L Scott’s newest book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance.  This is the third in her series of Madame Chic inspired books, and I think it might […]

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The Weekend Checklist

weekend checklist

Using the weekend wisely is crucial to being a successful student.  Below is the weekend checklist we use at my house in order to ensure wise use of time and smooth mornings during the week. Have a great week everyone! The Weekend Checklist  School Planner Updated to Include […]

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Very Bright Students vs. Gifted Students

I know a student I will call, Amazing, and I am positive you all know an Amazing, too.  Amazing has many talents. In addition to being an excellent swimmer, oboist, debater, community volunteer, and student government leader, she is, of course, a gifted student. By all accounts, she […]

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3 Things Your Child Should Do This Weekend

Weekend Plan

If I had my way, all school planning calendars would begin on Saturday and end on Friday.   So many school planners omit the weekend entirely which sends the exactly wrong message to your child. When it comes to academic success, Saturday and Sunday are the two most […]

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Relax and Enjoy Family Dinner

family dinner

Do we have to eat at the table tonight? I was hearing this question more and more and it was starting to bother me. Of course we had to eat at the table. Sometimes we ate sitting around the TV but that was usually because of a big […]

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The Consequences of Consequences

It’s time to change the rhetoric and to stop taking ourselves so seriously. If we don’t, we run the risk of raising children who become so risk adverse they won’t ever innovate or experiment or grow. I’m talking about the use of the word consequences.  The natural-consequences-of-their-actions always sounded scary […]

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That test might not be as bad as you think!

So, what happens when one of my children comes home with a disappointing grade?  First they get a hug, some understanding, and then we look at the test.  Just a few weeks ago, I helped my 6th grade daughter study for her science test.  She went to school […]

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Begin By Decluttering The Backpack


This is the time of year when reality sets in. The first test grades, missing homework, due dates looming, and you are wondering if you allowed/encouraged your child to do too many after school activities.  Stress is mounting and anxiety is taking over.  Just what you were hoping to […]

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Why I Made The Capable Student

When it came to my kids’ grades, I’m embarrassed to admit that I was a nagging mom…and a yelling mom…and a bribing mom…and a threatening, disappointed, frustrated mom.  I was sometimes even an ecstatic mom, and these different versions of me could materialize all in the same week, […]

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A Good Homework Routine

A good homework routine

During our first 12 years of marriage, my husband and I moved six times. I got good at the logistics of moving, but even so, I found it exhausting. The exhaustion came not so much from the work of moving, but from the amount of thought and decision […]

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