1. What to Do if Your Child Says “No” to College or Doesn’t Know What to Study?

    Empty Lecture HallFor many families and students, a college education historically has been a means to an end: a better-paying job or a more secure future. Nevertheless, college is an investment in time, effort and money that many would-be students aren’t sure they want to make or are able to make.

    The New York Times has reported that some people are lured by stories of riches to be made in Silicon Valley, and that others simply don’t know what they want to study.

    What can you do if your child says “no” to college or doesn’t know what to study?

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  2. How to Effectively Handle Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Parent-teacher meetingThe reasons for a parent-teacher conference vary, but most frequently it’s so that a teacher can communicate to a parent how a child is performing in school, both academically and behaviorally. Because parents aren’t in class with their child, the parent-teacher conference is a valuable opportunity to meet the person who teaches your child and to get feedback on how you can help your child continue to develop strong learning habits.

    A child is almost certainly nervous about a meeting between his or her teacher and parents, and you may feel a few “butterflies” in your stomach as well. That’s natural, so there’s no need to worry.

    As a parent who wants to help your child succeed, you may be concerned that you may not ask all of the right questions or may not be able to benefit from the meeting. Whether or not that is the case for you, you may want to consider these tips for parent-teacher conferences:

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  3. Thoughtful Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

    Teacher standing in front of classAll across the United States during the first full week in May, parents and students and school systems join forces to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a cumulative and happy way to thank teachers for the all-important work that they do, as the foundation for the world of tomorrow.

    What are some ways for you and your child to honor a teacher during this time? We’ve compiled a few gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week that will surely be welcomed:

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  4. Projects for Teaching Your Child About Earth Science

    Girl holding science projectAh, the school science fair. You probably remember it fondly. Although those days are behind you, your child will at some point need to create and carry out his or her own earth science project.

    There are plenty of earth science projects that will allow your child to learn while also having fun. Here are a few of our favorites:

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  5. Is Preschool Right for Your Child?

    Preschool student smilesIf you’ve started thinking about preschool for your child, you’ve probably found yourself wondering: When did this process get so complicated? With preschool waiting lists and 13-page applications not entirely out of the ordinary, finding the right preschool is no longer a straightforward decision. Believe it or not, there are even preschool admissions coaches now!

    However, before you hire a consultant for your two-year-old, you probably have another question when it comes to this early step in your child’s education. It’s a question that a lot of parents are likely to consider but might be embarrassed to ask. While it is often phrased in several ways, it usually boils down to something like this: Is preschool necessary?

    As it turns out, that question is more complicated than it first appears. Here are some things you’ll likely want to consider when it comes time to answer that question:

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