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How to Help Your Child Get Started on Homework

Feb 20, 2017 9:47:13 AM

Imagine walking through the city on a bright, sunny day, when you’re approached by a person holding a clipboard. Would you be more likely to stop and listen if the person says:

“Would you be willing to take a survey for me?”


“Could I have just two minutes of your time?”

If you’re like me, the second request seems easier to agree to than the first. I don’t want to waste my day taking some random survey, but I suppose I can spare two minutes.

Now, apply the same principle to starting homework.

The Adolescent Brain: Why Executive Functioning in Teens Is a Challenge

Feb 6, 2017 11:30:13 AM

Editor's note: This blog is an excerpt from a longer article The Adolescent Brain: Primed For Thrills And High On Life. Reprinted by permission from The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, a division of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Teenagers are convinced they are ready to take the reins, no longer wanting to be held back by overly-cautious adults who don’t really "get it," who don’t understand the urgency of whatever situation is brewing at that moment.

How to Organize an Essay: 3 Graphic Organizers for Young Writers

Jan 23, 2017 10:15:13 AM

Have you ever listened to your child lament, “I just can’t think of what to write”? Perhaps you have heard your child utter, in the mode of a 19th century Romantic poet, “I’m waiting for inspiration.”  

As a parent, you may find yourself thinking, “My child is smart and articulate, so why are writing assignments so stressful?”

Executive Function Skills: A Foundation for Success at School & Beyond

Jan 9, 2017 11:28:35 AM

Imagine a builder getting started on a new home. Maybe he’s behind schedule. There’s pressure from the owners. He knows that the foundation has to go in
before he can build but maybe he can
find a way to get back on schedule by modifying his approach.