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I am a school Library Media Specialist. I have taught at every level from preschool to 12th grade. I have taught nearly every subject. I recently had my first child and I am very interested in a community where I can use my experiences to help others along with dip into the experience of other people to better raise my daughter.


Apr
18
comment Preschooler can't sing, but sings anyway - loudly!
I wonder, from all the things you mentioned, if he isn't acting out to seek and hold your attention? Perhaps try spending some focused time with him when he begins singing? Good luck!
Jan
27
comment How can I potty train a 12 month old?
I am curious why you want to start so early?
Jan
27
comment How can I help my 6-year old Cousin eat healthier?
@Hannelore if I understand correctly, the relationship between you and the overweight child is that you are cousins. How old is the child?
Jan
27
comment How to help a child understand why she'll move back to her old school again?
Does the nursery school have a pre-k program? If so, have you considered sending the younger child there as well?
Jan
4
comment Email and social media for pre-teens
Facebook is a legal issue beyond the trust. The parent is responsible for the child when the child is 11. I certainly would not hide that you are having her account frozen or deleted from her and would even take the time to read the user agreement with her and make her aware of the reasons for the decision.
Dec
26
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
I meant it is always a choice - obviously it is a choice that would be accompanied by changing life style and perhaps making some sacrifices. At least in the United States, parents always have that choice available to them when they are unhappy with all other education options. I am not saying it is a great option for everyone, but at least here, and it is my understanding many other places it is an option that is available.
Dec
21
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
This is not really teaching style so much as disagreeing with a task. Teaching style is more about an over all philosophy, such as delivering all instruction verbally or giving homework every day. Perhaps the question would be clearer worded: I disagree with some of my child's homework, what should I do?
Dec
21
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
@Boefett, no intention to brow beat or soap box, but truly to provide perspective to why the task is being required of the child. I apologize if in any way my response is disrespectful.
Dec
21
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
Why do you find this inappropriate? Columbus was not a particularly nice man and our history books for generations glorified him as a hero. Why do you find this honesty unacceptable? Second grades students comprehend good from bad.
Dec
20
comment How do you balance time for playdates vs family time?
Generally at recess, they choose their activity and have opportunity for one to one interaction. Of course, if your child has difficulties with social interaction, additional help with this is VERY important. Also, if your child's school does not offer choices and some freedom at recess, then too, you need to encourage that interaction through playdates.
Dec
19
comment How to prevent “open air incidents”?
+1 for ninja skills
Dec
11
comment How should a child be prepared for adulthood?
I did not mean to make it sound as if finding careers we like is easy, as a matter of fact, I changed my career drastically from engineering to education in the search for that happiness. It takes hard work and determination as well as self knowledge.
Dec
10
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
It is different if you are old enough that there was not Internet when you were a child. Admittedly there were similar dangers from strangers, but they were local and easier to monitor. The Internet allows for dangerous adults to masquerade as children to gain children's trust.
Nov
17
comment How do you measure a child's “learning to learn” skills?
One of the biggest arguments against standardized tests is that it does not measure student's ability to learn or think, just regurgitate information or even just to be a particularly good test taker. In my 11 years in all levels of education, I have never heard of such a test and even if you find one, I would have no faith in the results. What are you trying to measure and to what end?
Nov
3
comment When should a child transition through the different car seats, to none, and to the front seat?
Many states now have laws requiring two of three criteria, I would check the laws in your state regardless of recommendations that come from manufactures and others.
Oct
24
comment Can I save rice cereal for short periods of time?
I don't know if you "can" but I have noticed that rice cereal gets more and more runny as it sits...
Oct
21
comment What is the impact on kids of having two working parents?
I was being a bit flip - but I have heard repeatedly that people feel that once their child has entered school they do not need to be there as much, however while a child is developing their prefrontal cortex, parental guidance is extremely important. Further, there is developmental information that tells us that infants view all of us as a version of Mommy until 8-10 months. Further, they can learn to trust parents as long as their needs are being met regardless of who is meeting them.
Oct
14
comment How to stop my son being overly sensitive of his peers?
@DVK How do you know that the child is not pointing out he has "better" things to make the other child feel bad? Or at least to make himself feel better. I see verbal bullying happen far to often and too many people write it off as being a jerk. Perhaps if those children we taught to be kind, there would be less adults who are jerks.
Oct
12
comment How to stop my son being overly sensitive of his peers?
Bullying is not just physical and if the children were older I would absolutely say your child is being bullied. I suggest talking with the other child's parents about it.
Oct
3
comment How can my toddler learn to stay under the blanket at night?
Sadly, my experience is that the process of letting children learn for themselves is often harder for us adults than it is for the children. I would always rather err on the side of not hovering and doing for them because of the long range consequences of always doing it for them. If your child wakes cold, tell him that all he needs to do is pull his covers back up, perhaps at first accompany the statement with actually doing it. It is a relatively safe platform to learn some consequences - if I kick my covers off, I may get cold... if I am cold, I should pull my covers back on. Good Luck!