Engage your school officials. Teachers and principals are overworked and underpaid. Active parental engagement can help schools to create not only a better educational environment, but a healthier one.

Constantly focus on giving your child/teen the confidence, self-esteem and social skills required to resist peer pressure without destroying friendships. Remember teaching your kids to “just say no” is not enough. The self-esteem plays a critical role in your child’s decision making ability. Self-esteem creates confidence – confidence creates power – and power creates a leader not a follower.

Yes goodbyes are difficult. Hopefully, we learn something from each one of these losses (or changes in our lives). As with my dad, he was the one who truly taught me the meaning of love. I lost him when i was only 22 years old. That left an enormous void in my life. He never got to see, know and impart his wisdom to my children. These losses have helped me grow stronger in my life.

Dry cereals usually contain corn, wheat, bran. And sometimes includes nuts and honey. It’s accepted by kids of all ages (even adults). Make sure to check the Nutrition Fact label. Dry fruits may be harder to get them to eat. But you can try out dried cranberries, apricots, bananas, kiwi, strawberries, raisins, pineapple, and mangos.

Play learning games like word games and letter games. Include lots of pre-school activities. But at the same time, don’t let play distract form studies. Keep a good balance between work and play. Think of it as a balance. Work is on one side, play on the other. If the work side gets too heavy, the child may end up disliking school, get grumpy about doing his work, make your job of teaching harder, and learn almost nothing. On the other hand if the play side of the balance gets too heavy, the child learns no study skills which will be a disadvantage when he gets in higher grades.

School Two uses money earned from the teacher’s soda pop machine to buy gifts and candy. Some teachers use their own money to buy goodies. Parents supply cakes for the cake walk. Everything is free for the kids who come – it is a time for community – not a fund raiser, because so many parents lack extra money.

Remember to spy (physically go through your child’s things) only if they give you reason to believe that they could be in harm’s way. If your child is willing to talk openly about what is going on in their life then you should avoid going through their things and listen. Spying in this way should only be done as a last resort. Following your child around in an unmarked car is less meddlesome than ransacking your child’s belongings. Your child will not be too offended by this gesture, just a bit freaked out. So it is always okay to follow your child if you suspect something is wrong.

Set up one room of your home as the classroom. Don’t allow this room to spread out into other rooms of your house. If you’re using your classroom for other things as well, be sure to put away all school supplies as soon as class is over for the day. It’s important to allow students to completely get away from school when class is over. This gives them the down time they need to just be a kid.