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Deciding to Redshirt My Kindergartener

If you are a fan of college sports, you’ve likely heard the term “redshirting” referring to keeping a college athlete out of competition for a year in order to develop their skills without losing a year of playing eligibility. If you are the parent of a five-year-old with a summer birthday, you might have also heard of it in terms of kindergarten. Redshirting for Kindergarten has become a popular topic in suburban America as some parents worry about giving their children an academic leg up, and others fear pushing a…

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#RealityDad: Learning Challenges and Deciding to Get Tested

It began with a meeting to discuss Darcy’s “challenges”, a euphemism for the word “deficits” that was used when I was a boy. I’ve always hated both. The former reeks of some sort of 1984 Newspeak and the latter is rife with potentially detrimental consequences. Regardless of my thoughts neither word is one a parent wants to hear in context with one’s child. My daughter Darcy, all of six and in first grade, had been performing below grade level for some time and in many ways the meeting wasn’t a…

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It’s Time for School Registration: Mom is Ready for Kindergarten

My son starts Kindergarten this fall. In the words of Chandler Bing, “Could I BE any more excited?!” I am SO excited. I understand that having your child start kindergarten is hard for many parents. But for me it’s not. And I am definitely uncertain about if this is the “best” choice for him, because he’s a summer baby and a boy, but guess what? I’m still really excited for him to be going to kindergarten. In fact, when I heard my son’s kindergarten day is just shy of five…

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Snow Day? 100 Fun Indoor Activities

It’s wintertime and cabin fever is rampant for many of us! Whether it’s Christmas or holiday break with the kids or its snowmageddon outside and you’re running out of ideas to keep your children entertained, you are sure to find some family fun tips and activities here! 100 Fun Indoor Activities to Beat the Wintertime Blues Have a wedding for all the unmatched socks in your home. Make a list of 100 things you can do with…. (ie: inflatable ball, balloons etc) Hold a movie marathon of your favorite family…

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Confidence in the Classroom: Can He Do It?

We stare each other down for what seems like an eternity but in reality is all of thirty seconds. I try so hard not to look away or even blink. Something inside of me is screaming that he can do it and I wait. His answer is quiet at first and then when repeated gets louder as if he just found some new confidence. Then it became my turn to react. The question was how? Any expression to his response would give it all away. The fact that the answer…

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