"I know it’s not unusual to see little babies with studs in their ears before they can even say mama," wrote Omaha mom Jen Schneider. "But I fully believe the only person who should be able to choose whether or not they get their ears pierced is the person who will have the holes in their ears. Period."
“My teacher doesn’t like me.” Maybe you've heard your child utter these words. As an educator and parent, I have heard the statement from children about other teachers, my own children and even from parents of my students. Here's the truth.
"When my grandparents were born, only men (and mostly white men) were allowed to vote. When she turns 18, she can make decisions at the polls that will impact her community and country — and wear an 'I Voted' sticker with pride."
"The list of must-know skills can be overwhelming for students and parents alike. As a parent of a former kindergartner who did not enter school as a thriving reader and writer (but who now loves to read and write), I’d argue that there is only one characteristic that incoming kindergartners need."
Here's some insight into the life of a teacher during "summer vacation."
"...our kids are growing up with technology. Rather than run away from it, I am going to try to let her experience it properly and safely. Here’s a few reasons you might want to let your child use your phone."
It’s spring, which means standardized testing season is upon us. Public school students in Nebraska will be taking Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System tests in English-language arts, math and, in some grade levels, science. Here are ways parents (and teachers) can help.
There’s an underlying message that kids are given in structured school — and even at home — that is unrealistic to expect from any school-aged child: Sit still.
We don’t know everything, and not all our advice will work in every situation with every student, but teachers do provide a wealth of knowledge for parents trying to be their child’s best advocate at home and school. Here are some things teachers at all levels want parents to know to help their child succeed.
"What I really believe we can do is provide compassion and empathy. This is something that may seem lost in this world of political arguments, materialism and social media one-up-manship, but I believe it’s still alive."
"I edit some images in Photoshop for lighting and levels, but never have I fixed a crooked smile or an enduring birthmark. Those little so-called imperfections are what make our kids who they are," wrote one Omaha mom. "Apparently, one photographer didn’t see it that way."
"It’s so easy to shut our doors, socialize via electronics and close ourselves off to the people in nearby houses, but regardless of our ages, neighbors can really make the best friends."
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or dad, or a parent who does the 9 to 5 p.m. (or beyond) thing, running a household with a little person can be quite challenging. Many parents have found a solution for everything from housekeeping to hiking – and that's babywearing.
Valentine’s Day may bring to mind romance, flowers and chocolate candy, but for parents, love extends to our kiddos. Here are three ways to celebrate the day with your kids and even give a little love to others in the community.
Instead of having the same old resolutions this year, many goal-setters are focusing on one word. This single word will give meaning to your year, set your focus and keep your eyes on the prize. For local mom, Jen Schneider, that word is "present."
You don’t have to be friends with everyone, but you do have to be kind.
Not every family can get passports for everyone and fly around the globe. We have jobs, bills to pay and schools to attend. However, there are so many things you can do to expose your children to the world. Here are some tips from one local mom.
When students don’t understand what autism is, they may think a student is just being mean or weird. As parents, we should be asking our kids about their classmates, teachers and what’s happening at school. Teenagers will often try to avoid these conversations, but if we start early with communication, it will become an expected and welcome habit.
Everyone makes excuses from time to time. Adults have an arsenal for everything from tardiness to weight gain. Teenagers come up with justifications for late assignments, messy rooms or missing curfew. However, these excuses rarely cause laugh-out-loud chortles that come with toddler reasoning.
"As an educator, I believe the old school 'three Rs' are imperative at all levels," writes local mom Jen Schneider. "But I don’t want my little girl to miss out on what I believe is vital at every age – play."
Random acts of kindness – things done for the sake of others without asking for any recognition – are all around us. Take Omaha's “Secret Kindness Agents" for example.
Mom Jen Schneider has never been much of a "Star Wars" fan. But then something happened. "My husband introduced our 4-year-old to 'Star Wars,' and her excitement stimulated my interest," she writes.
Although the financial savings and the elimination of soiled diapers are the big advantages to having a toddler who no longer requires diapers, there are some hidden benefits parents can look forward to when their children start wearing underwear full time.
What’s the number one gift request on teachers’ lists this school year? Well, it’s affordable (free), thoughtful and can be given often.
It’s back to school season! Chances are you are shopping for school supplies, trying to find the best deals and possibly picking up a few extras that seem to be the perfect addition to your child’s backpack or locker.
As an educator, I love having summers off. Even though I spend some days planning for the fall and taking classes, it’s nice to have a little extra time with my family.