A challenge for many parents is wanting to help their kids succeed in school but not always knowing how best to do that. When they see a child struggle with homework, where do they start? A math and science tutor for many years and co-founder of the PTPA winning online tutoring service Virtual Nerd Leo Shmuylovich, says parents can do two critical things: observe, then assess what the problem is.
“Parents are in a unique position – they can sit down with their child, one-on-one, and devote extra time at home to understanding their child’s needs. Teachers in a busy classroom don’t always get that opportunity or it can take longer in school to identify the student’s need,” says Shmuylovich. Shmuylovich offers these suggestions for parents to help overcome a child’s learning struggles:
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Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. -Robert Fulghum
Being a mom in our generation is a tough gig. As we stumble along the path of motherhood, injuring our backs, sponging the spit-up off our clothes and constantly wondering “What’s that smell?” who do we turn to for parenting advice? Women used to be surrounded by wise experienced grandmothers, aunties and neighbors who showed them the ropes. These days it’s rare for us to have such close-knit communities and this is why a rookie mom needs her comrades. A fellow mom knows best how challenging the role is. A fellow mom understands that many aspects of raising a little one are anxiety-provoking or confusing. Most importantly a fellow mom will offer honest, down-to-earth advice.
I don’t have a cell phone. Interestingly, I don’t think I know another single person who doesn’t have one. Sure, there are times when I think, yup, it would be convenient right about now. But mostly, I manage quite successfully without one and have no plans to leap into the cellular world anytime soon. Suffice it to say though, lack of a cell phone by no means translates to me being “unplugged.”