Why Our Kids Play Competitive Sports

Why Our Kids Play Competitive Sports

I was recently privy to a conversation where a parent was describing her family’s schedule, which was filled with her children’s sporting events. Most evenings and weekends, at least one child, if not both, had a game or practice. Another parent wrinkled her nose and...
Homework Woes

Homework Woes

If your household is plagued by homework battles, rest assured, you’re not alone. You may feel like the only way homework gets done is through nagging. Or perhaps the levels of frustration, for both you and your child, are through the roof as you work through the...
An Open Letter to the School Bully

An Open Letter to the School Bully

Dear School Bully & Your Parent, There are so many things I want to say and ask you that I don’t really know where to begin. I guess I’ll start by asking you why you do and say the cruel things you do. Do you realize how hurtful your words and actions are to those...
The Over-Scheduled Family

The Over-Scheduled Family

Recently, during a particularly crazy week of racing around to get my children off to their various activities, I had the sudden thought, “Oh no. We’re that over-scheduled family people keep talking about.” The thought came to me as I left work, stopped to watch some...
Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

CALLING ALL EDUCATORS, PRACTITIONERS, AND PARENTS! Nogginsland has a Facebook group and we would love to have YOU join our community! We are a group of educators, practitioners, and parents dedicated to sharing ideas on education, innovation, and child development. We...
5 Ways to Deal With a Shy Child

5 Ways to Deal With a Shy Child

When you’re at home your child is a non-stop chatterbox. But, as soon as you get out in public, he or she hides behind you and doesn’t say a peep. Sound familiar? Outsiders may think your child is being anti-social, when in reality that’s not the case. You just have a...
What’s Up with This New-Fangled Math?

What’s Up with This New-Fangled Math?

You’re trying hard to help your child with his math homework but all you hear is, “You’re doing it wrong!” Up until this point, your math skills had served you quite well in life. Now, all the sudden, your child’s second grade math questions have got you feeling a...
School Success Tips

School Success Tips

The new school year brings so much promise and excitement. Besides the new pencils, supplies, folders, and planners (my personal favorite), there is also a high energy this time of year that gives you and your kids the feeling that anything is possible. Anything...