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Welcome to the Parent Power Blog!

I know that you're used to tuning in and finding resourceful answers to tough parenting questions. If I followed my own advice, I'd take myself out for dinner, have a long soak in the tub, and get to bed early so I'm better able to cope tomorrow. But every mom has a day or week that kicks her butt, and right now, my butt is kicked.

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Am I "conservative" for not wanting my 12 year old to have cleavage busting out of her school shirt? What are your thoughts about teens wearing push up bras?

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What is meant to be a convenient, organized way to teach the kids to keep track of assignments and due dates, reading time, set goals and check their progress, and keep parents in loop, ends up being another thing teachers and parents have to remember to remind/nag the kids about.

But maybe that's just our experience.  Does your school use planners?  Do they accomplish what they're meant to do, or are they another dreaded item on your to-do list?

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There's a heavy debate about reading incentive programs and their effectiveness.  Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer blog, provides some research on the topic.  Follow the link to read the pros and cons of reading incentive programs and learn why they aren't the answer for developing a lifelong love of reading.

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I remembered our philosophy here at TLC, of seizing teachable moments, and got out paper and pencil, dug waaaaaay back into a high school physics lesson, and was somehow able to give him a passable, albeit very basic, explanation of nuclear physics.  About halfway through me drawing electrons shooting out of their orbits, he started getting glassy-eyed, but I brought him back in when I compared a basically nonradioactive element, gold (his favorite metal), to uranium.

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