1. Tips to Start Off the School Year on the Right Foot

    back to school tipsAs the final days of summer draw near, heralding a new school year right around the corner, parents and children prepare to transition to a fresh set of challenges: A different teacher or teachers, maybe a different school, and adjusting to different classes and after-school schedules in just a few weeks.

    Although your “super family” may handle back-to-school time in stride, it can be helpful to keep some solutions and tricks in your back pocket, in case of a need to tackle a super-rushed morning or a forgotten lunch.

    Here are some back-to-school tips to help get the ball rolling:

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  2. What Teachers Want Parents to Know

    Chemistry teacher in front of chalkboardIn the same way that a nurse or physician knows more about the art and science of medicine than someone who isn’t a nurse or physician, a school teacher knows more about the art and science of teaching than someone who isn’t a school teacher.

    Concerning school and teachers, how can a parent gain insights that best help their child?

    Teachers are more than willing to share information that can help strengthen the parent-teacher relationship and improve the child’s progress and the dynamics of the classroom.

    How to benefit from a teacher’s perspective? Here’s what teachers want parents to know:

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  3. Taking a Gap Year: The Pros and Cons of Taking Time Off Before College

    Young Woman TravelingFor many, the term “gap year” is synonymous with travel. However, travel is only one of many things a student can do when taking a year off between high school and college. In this post, we’ll look at the advantages and drawbacks of taking a gap year between high school and college.

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    Categories: College Planning
  4. Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School

    Girl writing in workbook at schoolThink back to when you were about to transition from elementary school to middle school. Maybe you felt anticipation, curiosity and excitement, or apprehension, anxiety and fear – perhaps all rolled into one. Maybe you couldn’t wait to have a locker for the first time but worried about remembering your locker combination, or maybe you looked forward to more challenging classes but wondered how you’d fit in with your new classmates. Eventually you adjusted to the changes.

    Your child, too, may experience various emotions as he or she prepares to enter a new and bigger school. As a parent, you’ll want to help prepare your child before and during this transition, but you’ll also need to be prepared for some changes in your child.

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  5. Admission Denied: What to Do if Your Child Gets Waitlisted

    Student Receives Waitlist Notice From College Getting waitlisted is not the end of the world. In fact, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors found that 39 percent of colleges put some students on a waitlist in 2009. Once college admissions committees know that they have the space to admit more students, they turn to their waitlist of college applicants and reevaluate whom they want to admit.

    If your child has been waitlisted, there are several considerations to help you determine whether to wait or move on to Plan B:

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