What You Need to Know About 6-Foot Trick-or-Treaters

In five minutes flat, everyone is partially in costume and heading down the sidewalk. I hear their deep voices as they laugh. I cross my fingers that the neighbors will understand.

This article offers a great perspective on the adolescent dilemma of childhood versus adulthood, as demonstrated by teen trick-or-treaters. Read it here before you open your door to pass out candy this Halloween.


‘How was your day at school?’ never works. Ideas for getting your kids to actually, like, talk about their day.

Ask open-ended questions, and try not to have an agenda. For more tips, read the full Boston Globe Article here.

“So how was your day at school?” A perfectly innocent question, you’d think: neutral, caring, open-ended. But it’s one that makes most kids yawn and feign deafness, even as they reach for their cellphones. In their eyes, when you ask this question, you’re committing the most heinous parent-child sin of all: You’re boring.

Engaging the Brain

learningThis is an excellent graphic about why teaching must be multi-sensory; the more paths the brain uses to process information, the more students will absorb and retain. Going beyond just auditory and visual stimuli and adding a tactile or kinesthetic element will make a learning experience even more powerful. This is something I strive to do every time I work with students, and it is often my main focus in coaching my student-teachers as well. 

Help your teen stay organized

The middle and high school years bring many challenges for teens, and often organization is at the top of the list. Especially as they adapt to a schedule with multiple different teachers (and, by extension, varied expectations around materials and homework), many students struggle to keep up as their lockers and backpacks slide into chaos. This article Psychology Today article has some great tips on helping your teen stay organized and on top of the homework piles.

“The single most important thing you can do is to help your child make good organizational skills AUTOMATIC. The less they have to think, the less likely they are to make mistakes. The goal is for good organizational skills to become habitual so your child doesn’t have to think about and remember what to do. They go to class, sit down, and open their planner and check the board for assignments.”

Read the full article here.