The “I Can” Kid

by Carole Richards   Recently I met with a delightful smart and insightful ten-year-old fifth-grade girl. She spoke lovingly about spending time with her family. She was a happy child. Her mother brought her to see me because the parents thought she had dyslexia. The girl described school as difficult and reading was hard. However, when I tested her, she …

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Have a Happy and Stress-Free Holiday!

How to Make Your Family Holidays Stress-Free (Almost) by Carole Richards   Parents are busy with work, homework, and children’s activities on a daily basis.  Now, add to these activities, “cram-preparations” for the holidays.  Let’s look at making the magical holiday season more relaxed and more fun for everyone.   Prioritize What Is Most Important Is it gifts, a fancy …

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Cook for a Cause: 5 Lessons Kids Can Learn in the Kitchen

The holidays are here!  (Has a whole year really gone by that quickly?)  No doubt you have a seemingly endless list of chores and errands on your calendar.  Wash this, dust that, straighten this room, etc. In the midst of the holidays, it’s difficult to find time to educate your children.  With so many other things to do, how can you …

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5th Annual Meet & Greet for Connecting for Kids

Join North Coast Education Services at Connecting for Kids’ 5th Annual Meet & Greet!   This event is FREE and open to the public.  Come network with local agencies to learn about the resources available for struggling children (with or without a diagnosis).  Discover therapies, summer camps, after-school programs, and more.  Network with area professionals to discover the best resources …

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5 More Fun (and Educational) Snow Day Activities!

I’m sure you were among the thousands of Ohioans who rejoiced when it hit 60 degrees in mid-December.  Like me, you probably crossed your fingers thinking, “Maybe it won’t snow this year.”  “Maybe winter will pass over us and give us a break.” Well, welcome to Northeast Ohio!  (My city received nearly two feet of snow in the past two days.) …

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3 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged Over the Holidays (…and Away from Electronics)

Believe it or not, we are not that far away from every child’s second favorite part of the school year – winter break!  Two glorious weeks without school and all the time in the world to catch up on texting, TV, and Minecraft.  Right? It sounds like every kid’s dream come true.  Admit it – when you were young, you …

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5 Steps to Addressing a Bad Report Card

It’s almost the end of the first quarter.  Your student will be getting the first report card of the semester very soon.  (Or you may already have it!) Report cards can create a lot of stress for families.  But angry parents and upset students do not solve any problems.  In fact, they could create more.  Yelling and scolding can cause …

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Does My Child Need Tutoring?

  Class is back in session and report cards will be coming out soon.  No doubt by now you have already heard the moans and groans about homework, projects, and upcoming tests.  It is common for students of all academic abilities to dread classwork and exams. The question is when is it too much?  When is it more than they can …

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How to Keep Elementary Kids Safe Online

Preschoolers are learning how to log online.  With iPads and tablets readily accessible, they learn at an early age how to navigate the system.  Once they start school, computers can be quickly introduced as an enrichment activity.  Sooner or later, they will start asking to go online and search websites.   When students want new responsibilities – like playing outside …

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Family Fun Day — Sensory Storytimes & Yoga

I think it is wonderful to see our community providing more activities for children with special needs and their families.  Awareness is important and can lead to big changes.  I am delighted to present this Family Fun Day article and I hope it will lead to more similar events in the future.   Cuyahoga County Library – Sensory Storytimes & …

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