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College prep 101: Teach responsible study habits

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College Prep 101 | Responsible Study Habits - It's a myth that procrastinators work better under pressure. so teach good study habits while they're still in high school.

Procrastinators generally don’t do well under pressure,” says Ferrari. The idea that time pressure improves performance is perhaps the most common myth among procrastinators.

[A study by Tim Pychyl, Ph.D.] found that “procrastination is detrimental to physical health. College students who procrastinate have higher levels of drinking, smoking, insomnia, stomach problems, colds and flu.” ~from “Stand and Deliver,” Psychology Today

Obviously, there’s more than just a deadline. The wise parent will begin early to teach study habits for college...... continue reading

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Learn to meet deadlines: College prep 101

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College Prep 101 | Homeschool teens must learn to meet deadlines if they hope to survive the demands of college coursework.

For high schoolers, there’s more to planning for college than simply getting accepted. Unless your student has experienced a more rigorous course of study and has learned some good study habits, he’ll be overwhelmed to arrive on campus and discover the mountains of reading, writing, and studying that await.

Parents can do a lot to prepare their students, and in doing so, will help deter the stress and erratic grades that separate the unequipped college freshman from the equipped. Train your child during high school—or even junior high—by encouraging responsible study habits that will serve him well in college. .... continue reading

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5 Fun Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

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5 Fun Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

IT CAN get pretty hectic around the house in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Instead of assigning your children their normal writing schoolwork, why not take a little break and let them choose one of these clever creative writing prompts? For added fun, have them read their stories after Thanksgiving dinner!

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Limit Social Media Time: College Prep 101

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College Prep 101: Limit Social Media Time | Teach teens the value of unplugging during school time.

Your teen lives in the modern world. Between phone calls, texting, email, instant messages, Snapchat, and any other number of social media opportunities that distract him, he has to learn to establish boundaries for himself in order to get any work done at all.

Do Not Disturb

When students are hammering out a paper or other project, there should be none of this electronic interruption until they’ve finished, and for good reason. Setting aside these distractions is sort of like hanging an e-version of the “Do Not Disturb”....continue reading

 

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The President Should NOT Be Your Child's Role Model

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The President

Over the past month or so, I've seen so many parents talking about their distress that it might happen that the next U.S. President would be someone that they would not want to be their child's role model.

I sensed a lot of hopelessness about this, and wanted to share my own philosophy about role models and our children.

I wrote this well before the election, so please know that it is not aimed at any particular candidate. Instead, I want to encourage and build up parents and help them realize that they should be looking inward instead of outward.

Whether you are disappointed, elated, cautiously optimistic, or apathetic about the outcome of the election yesterday, I believe you will be encouraged by my message. Read it here.

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