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Leslie Crawford
SF Bay Area
GreatSchools.org senior editor and a mother of two
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A new study says that kids today prioritize happiness and academics over compassion. Are parents sending their children the wrong message? Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at The GreatSchools Blog
To all commenters: I appreciate the thoughtful debate about whether or not listening to a book is cheating or not. Because of my own ambivalence on this issue, it's so helpful to read insights from both sides. For those who have expressed - some in very strong language - that I'm the worst mother ever, maybe I'm asking for strong criticisms by exposing moments that as a parent, one (me in this case) doesn't always do the right thing. But I'd argue that it's helpful to keep in mind that we all have our strengths and weaknesses as parents and most of us are trying the best we can, even when we stumble and make big mistakes. When we do make mistakes, what's important is to decide, "How am I going to do this next time, how can I do much better?" Getting helpful advice, not biting criticism, is far more effective in changing a person's (be it a parent or child) behavior. So thank you to those who gave constructive criticism. I like the idea of insisting on both book reading and having some flexibility for audiobook reading, since both have value and their place.
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Is reading a book better than listening to an audiobook - or is it cheating? Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The GreatSchools Blog
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@ Mom of Tweens, It really helps to hear from other parents going through this - thank you. You echoed the situation with my older child who for eight years was an only child and came into a small private school a year later, after most kids had established strong ties. I also found this to be true that for some kids, their friendships will be outside of school, not in it, which is helpful. I love what you wrote - and comes as helpful advice - to support your child's passions so that he can find friendships (and know he's capable of making friends), even if it's outside of school. Good luck this school year!
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@Scott: Great questions to ask the teacher...if only I had requested this-for her to be placed with her friends-last spring. But also to talk to the teacher about what she can do to facilitate things. Here's hoping schools improve in developing the whole child. Learning how to make friends is not a given and doesn't come easily to all kids.
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Typepad HTML Email @Nola: Thank you for what you wrote and you made so many valuable points: I think telling a child she/he doesnt have to Play with other kids all the time is important and telling the child that its OK not to want to do what everyone else is doing. Leslie Crawford Senior Editor GreatSchools.org www.greatschools.org | 415.983.3829 iPhone New! | Facebook | Twitter | Blog Giving children a greater opportunity to succeed in life by inspiring and guiding parents to be effective champions of their education.
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By Leslie Crawford, Senior Editor “Could you give her some advice?” I ask... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Chris Melius: Thank you!
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By Leslie Crawford, Senior Editor I don’t know why, but nobody tells you,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Meet Mensa's newest genius, 3-year-old Selena Janik. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Should kids attend summer school or relax - like this mom did growing up? The answer is enough to put a damper on even the most sunshiny summer day. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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How did this happen? The day my child became a teen, my IQ suddenly plummeted. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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Students at a Grand Rapids, MI high school were suspended for doing the Harlem Shake. Does the crime really fit the punishment or, as Alfie Kohn suggests, should schools try harder to be places of joy? Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
@KnittingMami: Boy, I love hearing these stories from people who remember and value how their parents intentionally spent time with them. Thank you for sharing yours.
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@Sheryl: I hadn't heard of Bryan Post's work! I'll look him up. Thank you. And which child goes first...yes, that's a toughie, one I don't always get right. Good luck!
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@Mary Jo: Yes, I think it's more about making yourself available and seizing the moment to connect with one's child. I've learned I can't force it but have to be, as you perfectly put it "on call."
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@Karen: Thank you for sharing this about your mother, who sounds remarkable and inspires me to do more sitting down during meal/snack times since I'm always running around cleaning up, cooking, etc. Thank you!
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@Lalese: I empathize with you. This having a 15yo is not for sissies! But I'm no expert and wouldn't presume to give you advice, except for me these are times I seek out advice of friends who are great parents and have been through similar situations. Also the book on teens I mentioned in my blog has helped me so much(Michael Riera's "Staying Connected to Your Teens: How To Keep Them Talking To You And How To Hear What They're Really Saying") as well as "Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager." Best of luck!
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How do you raise an emotionally intelligent child? Follow the 10-minute-a-day talking rule. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
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When it comes to your child's education, there's plenty to appreciate about having choices where your child attends school. Here's to National School Choice Week 2013. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
As children turn into teens, they don't want to spend time with us. My solution? Put my teen behind the wheel. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at The GreatSchools Blog
@Caloundra Bookkeeper: Thanks for your input. Yes, even some very involved parents forget to do their homework in checking out all possibilities in local schools, and look for ones that aren't the "in" schools but are in fact great.
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Is it OK to lie to our kids about Santa? You might be surprised what the experts say. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
By Leslie Crawford, Senior Editor If only. When I pick him up from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog
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LAPD school sells cheesecake to fund anti-obesity program-and other tales of grown-up insanity. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2012 at The GreatSchools Blog