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3 Simple Ways To Raise Good Kids

Many parents tell me: My kids are always misbehaving! My kids are so irresponsible! My kids act all entitled! My children are so impatient! They want everything and they want it right away! And I tell them that kids are still kids. They are still learning how to behave. They are going to act irresponsibly because they haven’t learned how to be responsible yet. They are going to act entitled because they have not learned how to restrain their impulses. They have no self-control because their brain has not fully developed, they actually … [Read More...]


Disciplining Our Children: 3 Simple Phrases That Work

Last night we had our book club, the last one in our series. We discussed, Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel. This book is so chock full of wisdom and there was so much to talk about. We had some very animated discussions on the topic of chores, responsibility, respecting parents, over scheduling and food. There are things that we missed though. That is what I love about a blog, I get to write that stuff down here. One of those topics was discipline, I loved Mogel's suggestions on how to rebuke a child and gently correct their … [Read More...]

Our Cleveland Summer Reading, Math and Social Skills Groups

Last year A+ Solutions launched our Summer, Reading, Math and Social Skills Groups. Why? Because we wanted children's academic skills to remain fresh over the summer, so that they could go back to school without missing a beat. It was a great success and we are doing it again this year. We want to give you a sample of what students learned last year in our Reading, Math and Social Skills groups: Marci Friedman taught our Reading classes last year and she wrote all about it: We are having a fabulous time making learning fun and … [Read More...]

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Parents and Worrying: How Much Is Too Much?

I am really excited for our next book club, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. We are reading The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, by Wendy Mogel. I love this book and I am rereading it now in preparation for next week. This book is chock full of wisdom. I just finished reading this:(p.97) "I once heard a Jewish educator say that parents should spend twenty minutes a day thinking about their child's education. This is both a lower and an upper limit! This wise woman was asking parents to reflect and be thoughtful, but not to obsess. If you are spending … [Read More...]

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Respectful Kids? You Can Teach Your Kids Respect

I have a good friend who grew up in a difficult home. She often tells me that she because she grew up surrounded by dysfunction, she has had plenty of time to contemplate the makings of functional, loving homes. Her latest, is this: "Respect". Respect, she feels, is the cornerstone of a good home. If people in a family respect one another and others, then they will generally be kind, thoughtful and loving. I tell her that she is not alone. Wendy Mogel, the author of "Blessing of a Skinned Knee" feels the same way and even takes it one … [Read More...]

Parenting Responsible Children

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Emotional Intelligence For Kids: Teach Them To Calm Themselves

                What is all this hype about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the new buzzword in education and parenting. Research has shown that it is an important factor in helping our kids have healthy relationships with their spouses, friends and co-workers. Adults who are emotionally intelligent are happier […]

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Whose Report Card Is It Anyway? Encourage Your Child To Take Responsibility For Their School Work

I remember the feeling of anticipation and nervousness in elementary school when report cards were handed out. I wasn’t the greatest student but I always did okay, A’s, B’s and once in a while a few C’s. Whatever I did get my parents were pretty cool about it. They knew I was an avid reader […]

Nurture Yourself

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5 Surefire Ways To Stop Losing It With Your Kids

Every parent messes up. We say things we don’t mean. We yell at our kids because we are tired. We sometimes blame our children for things they never did. We may accuse our children of behaving badly when that was never their intention. We act in a way that we swore we would never act. […]

Moms Have Got A Lot To Do: Manage Your Time Effectively

Sometimes I feel like my world is spinning out of control. There is always so much to do, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. In our fast paced world it is important to stop and think about effective ways to manage our time. Julie Morgenstern, in her book “Time Management from the Inside Out” advises […]