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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.

Judging by many of the parenting, teaching and news websites, the topic of bullying is at the forefront of many of our minds...perhaps more so than ever, as several kids have committed suicide because of intense or ongoing bullying. I've been thinking and thinking about this topic. Who's at fault? What should have been done? What rights do people have to protect themselves?

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Last week we went to our son's first parent teacher conference at his new school. Frankly, it was awful and we left both enraged and confused. The teacher seemed to have no interest in our son and said, "He's so quiet, he falls under the radar." First ALARM.

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This year, I have the biggest reason yet to loathe school pictures. To my shock, this year they are now offering the option to retouch your child's photo. To me, what this is saying to our kids is that what they look like is more important than who they are. And what they look like isn't good enough, so mommy and daddy are going to pay extra money so that the child's flaws can be airbrushed out.

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Have your kids had a hard time remembering to do certain tasks? How have you gotten them to remember?

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Would I rather my kids be city kids or country kids? What I'd really like is for them to experience the best of both worlds: the diversity, culture and green-ness that I love about the city, with the ability to enjoy nature, grow green things, and see all the stars in the night sky in the country. Maybe that's one of the things I like most about living here: we don't have to be one or the other. We can be both!

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I am completely certain that my ridiculous laughing did NOT give the impression that I meant to portray, which was that I would be horrified if I heard her say that. And why would I laugh at such a middle-school, immature insult? I am ashamed to confess that although I've never used the saying myself, I never fail to be delighted when I hear someone else use it. Thank you, Jack Black.

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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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