Blog - Insight into LD


blog 14.4.7When their children begin to learn to read, parents want to know what they can do to help them build the literacy skills they will need for success in school. But raising a competent reader can start much earlier. Children establish their relationship with books well before they are ready to read.


blog 14.3.28The end of this school year is approaching. Now is the time to think about storing your student’s final report card for this past year. Why? Sometimes children begin to struggle in later grades or as adult students, either due to an undiagnosed learning disability or undiagnosed attention/focus problems.


blog 14.3.18I recently had the opportunity to attend the Hamilton County Summit on Kindergarten Readiness. John Pepper, Retired Chairman and CEO of The Proctor and Gamble Company opened the Summit with a charge to create communication and collaboration on behalf of early childhood education and school readiness. He has been an advocate of Early Childhood Education on a national level for years, and a force majeure locally. 


blog 14.3.13The website PBS Parents stated in a recent article that “the skills and behaviors children develop early in life lay a strong foundation for their adolescence and adulthood.” Part of this strong foundation relates to self-determination.


blog 14.3.7If you read Part I of this blog on homework hovering, you may have been able to relate to the scenarios discussed. Included herein are some tips for parents struggling with an elementary age student, with a couple of goals in mind. One goal is to provide some parameters around fostering independence, and a second is to give you guidance on how best to address the issue of early learning difficulties.


blog 14.3.4Everyone from the TODAY Show to Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary has weighed in on the hovering mother, often referred to as a “helicopter parent.” Parents Magazine even has a quiz to identify whether you too could be labeled “A Hover Mother.” 


blog 14.2.25Many parents have strong opinions about whether to provide an allowance to their children. Some are of the opinion that children should do chores and other jobs at home without receiving a monetary reward. Pride in making a contribution to the family should be enough motivation. Other parents find it perfectly acceptable to provide a weekly allowance at a certain base rate, perhaps with extra pay for additional work.


blog 14.2.21It’s 7:45 p.m., and the lights should be going out in 7 year-old Thomas’ bedroom, but not tonight. Thomas has snuggled in, and the bedtime story has ended, but he looks up with his big brown eyes and melodically chants, “Mommy, can you tell me the story about when you and daddy drove us home from grandma’s house in the snowstorm? I love that story.” Is this a ploy to stay up longer?


blog 14.2.18Sometimes parents feel like giving up on getting their children to “pitch in” and help. You feel like more time is wasted following your children around trying to get them to follow through on a small task. It would be quicker and less bother if you just did it yourself. Let’s fast forward for a moment. Do you want to be living with a 19 year old who cannot put their dishes in a dishwasher, wipe off a counter, or put their clothes away? No, you don't want that!


blog 14.2.13My previous post discussed ways to set up a daily schedule for the family, listing all the important events, tasks, assignments and deadlines for the week.