Monthly Archives: September 2011

5 Success Strategies for Tackling Academic Challenges

As the school year moves along, our kids inevitably hit a few bumps along the way.  They will encounter academic challenges that will cause them to lose momentum and the cadence of the new year will shift as the scramble to find the best way forward.

Often we don’t know about these things until we’re well into the first marking period and progress reports start coming home.  We can have a heads up on the issues our kids may be facing and do our best to jump on it sooner rather than later.

5  Success Strategies for Tackling Academic Challenges include:

  1. Identify the problem – Is the problem strictly academic in nature? Has it just surfaced or is it been a recurring one?
  2. Help them decide on an action plan – What learning styles and motivation have to do with true learning.
  3. Be their compass – Goal setting and guidance and how we as parents can help our kids get there.
  4. Come up for air – More than just school and grades, how are we helping our kids discover other strengths that they can transfer to their overall education?
  5. Reward their efforts – Finding ways to motivate our kids so that they bring the best of themselves and value excellence over perfection.

If you missed our Back to School/Forward to Success Teleseminar Series- Part 2–Tackling Academic Challenges, you can:

 

Wishing you and your family all the best for a successful school year!

 

Donna and Pat

The Power of a Fresh Start

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Notebooks and new clothes, the smell of fresh paint and newly sharpened pencils, changing leaves and the crispness of the air!  Its fall and it’s time for starting over. We begin to settle back into the cadence and familiarity of routine and we can start again. I love that –it gives us another chance to finish well no matter how we started. We may have begun past years with all kinds of hopes and intentions but we didn’t quite get there.   Here we are in September– new page, a new chapter, a new season – it’s an opportunity for a fresh start.

 

This is an excellent time for us as parents to speak that promise and potential into our kids.   They may have had a rough year and fear failure again. They may be new to their school and worried they won’t find any friends. They may have decided in themselves that they want to do better this year and need to set new goals and find new friends. Even if they have been an “A” student or star athlete, the fall gives them a chance to reach higher and push farther! Whatever it is you can be sure that when your children return to school they are toting with them more than just their backpacks. So, let’s prepare ourselves for this new leg of the race so that we can help them have an amazing school year.

 

If you didn’t get a chance to join us for our  “Back to School/Forward to Success” Teleseminar Series, you can listen to the call and read the full article by clicking the links below:

 

Part 1–The Power of a Fresh Start


Listen to the call

Read the full article

 

All the best for a great school year!

 

Donna and Pat

 

 

 

 

Overcoming Organizational Overwhelm

By now the novelty of heading back to school is wearing off and we’re all settling into a routine. But inevitably, somewhere in those first few months, our kids’ organization starts to slide.

What starts out as assignments written in planners and papers in their rightful folders soon turns into a backpack full of graded tests and homework, fliers sent home from school and an interesting assortment of snacks, bits of paper and pencil dust.

Organizational overwhelm is beginning to set in and if we don’t catch it in time, it can play a major role in tripping our kids up and throwing them off course.

Does your child struggle with any of the following organizational areas?


  • “TAKING IT ALL IN” – Your child struggles with how to organize thoughts and information that are coming in.
    Read the full article…
  • “CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD!” – Your child struggles with the ability to gather, organize, and express thoughts in a way that is comprehensible.
    Read the full article…

  • “TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE” – Your child finds keeping track of time difficult and struggles with how much time it takes to get things done.
    Read the full article…

  • “MOM, WHERE’S MY STUFF?”- Your child has a difficult time keeping track of stuff–books, papers and things.
    Read the full article…

Click here  to download the recording of Overcoming Organizational Overwhelm.

All the best for an excellent school year!

Donna and Pat