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Welcome to the Parent Power Blog!

Author: host Created: 4/14/2008 1:21 PM
The Parent Power Blog provides support and resources to parents with suggestions, the telling of (often humorous) experiences and a sharing of resources. We seek to ask thought-provoking questions that challenge us to think about our parenting methods, and about ways that we might improve those methods to be parents that nurture our children, support them, love them, challenge them, and encourage them to be successful in all areas of their lives. Together, we can build a strong community for our children—The Learning Community, energized by Parent Power.

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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Note the fists balled up tightly and clutched to her chest, as if she already has a new gift in her possession and I am attempting to wrestle it away from her.  Her eyes are large, pupils dialiated, because she anticipates she will have to physically defend her yet-to-be-received presents. 

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All that time sitting there, not catching any fish, was a great excuse to shoot the breeze.  At one point, Logan asked me, "If there was no gravity, all the water and fish from the lake would just be floating around, right?"  I had an Inception moment and imagined blobs of silvery water (for some reason, they resembled mercury) floating in the air, with fish randomly paddling by, and us just picking them out of the air.

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One question that I see nearly every year on teachers' "getting to know you" forms never fails to trouble me: "What area/s does your student struggle with?" Or, "Do you have any concerns about your child this year?"  These questions cause me to pause because I am highly aware that labels on kids become self-fulfilling prophecies and the last thing I want is my son's iffy ability to write cursive to stay foremost in a teacher's mind--over all the things he does really well.

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Honestly, I don't think my kids would be any happier riding thrill rides at Disneyland than they were last night tunneling through the bracken.  Times like these, I love the simple stuff.

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This weekend we had the great pleasure of being kid-free.  Don't worry, we didn't duct tape them and lock them in the closet. 

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