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  • The Secret to Better Homework Completion for Teens

    Routine, Routine, Routine. This is essential for teens. They’re frontal lobes are still developing.  You know, the part of the brain that deals with organization, emotional regulation, and impulsiveness: the part of the brain that drives parents nuts. Those kids that have their binders in nice neat rows and get all their homework done aren’t […]

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  • Conversation Tips to Talk to Your Teen About Tackling Homework

    Your teen struggles to get homework done.  Maybe it’s a battle.  Maybe it’s a tear fest.  Maybe it’s unproductive.  However it manifests itself in your home, I’m sure it’s frustrating. You want to help them.  You want them to develop good strategies and habits. Maybe you’ve read my posts on 6 Solutions to Homework Completion […]

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  • 6 Solutions to Improve Your Teen’s Homework Completion

    homework refusal

    To solve this frustrating dilemma we need to get to the root of the problem: Why do they not turn in homework? As a middle school teacher I’ve seen many reasons why students do not turn in their homework.  I’ll go over the main ones I see and give you strategies to tackle the problem.  […]

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  • 5 Easy and Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate New Year’s at Home

    family friendly new year's eve

    It’s almost New Year’s.  Wondering what to do?  Do you really have to do anything?  Nope. Maybe you’re like me – not big into New Year’s parties or imbibing, but up for some low key fun.  If you find yourself wanting to do something different here are some ideas of family friendly activities to do […]

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  • Building a Better Relationship with Your Teen

    Here are some ideas I learned as a middle school teacher over the years. Don’t just ask how their day was.  Ask something specific. If you get the general answer of okay or one word answers try some questions like these: Any good songs they’ve been listening to? Did their favorite YouTuber post anything interesting […]

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  • Helping Teens get Organized

    teen organization

    The abyss. The black hole. These are nicknames I give to students’ binders in middle school.  Who can find anything in an explosion of papers? You know this all too well.  So what’s a parent to do?  Here are some steps I found that helped my students. Identify a System they already use (even if […]