- Saturday, March 5, 2011
Ask Evelyn: Kindergarten testing
Ongoing assessment of children in kindergarten is not new; it's the methods that have changed. Today, assessment in schools is more formal and more "pencil and paper" in nature. The more we know about assessment, however, the better we can ensure that it's is being done in appropriate ways with our children.Continued ...
- Saturday, February 19, 2011
Ask Evelyn: Kindness not just for holidays
I think all of us need to put some random acts of kindness into our own lives, right at home with family, and not just on Valentine's Day or birthdays. If we model this, it could be contagious. How about surprising your child with an unexpected note on the bathroom mirror saying I Love You, or a snack sandwich cut into a heart shape. What about putting a funny poem in a coat pocket or a note inside the homework. What about a paper smiley face on the bed pillow with a piece of chocolate on it. What about going bowling together just for fun, even if you are a terrible bowler.Continued ...
- Saturday, January 29, 2011
Ask Evelyn: Enforce bullying policies
We need to teach our children that bullying is not just the bully's problem. Yes, bullies need to see that their actions can have tragic consequences. But it's also just as vital that the rest of us — both kids and adults — speak up against harassment and bullying wherever or whenever we see it. We need to make sure that kids of all ages in our own circles of family and friends realize that if we ignore bullying or pretend we don't see it, we are actually giving that bully permission to continue harassment. If you don't say no, you are really saying yes.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Break out the board games
Family games also teach honesty and fair play, how to follow rules and cooperate, how to make choices and be responsible for the choices you make and how to win or lose graciously.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Shopping with kids
Q: I worry about our very active 6-year-old when I have to take him shopping. He gets excited, he moves too fast and talks to absolutely everyone he sees. I don't want to be paranoid, but please list some safety tips for me.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Humor is a holiday gift
Q. I enjoyed one of your past columns about using humor to reduce stress during the holidays. Can you do a reprise?Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Share special moments
Q: Our family did something new for Thanksgiving; we helped serve food at a community meal. It was such a good experience for our children that I wanted to share my feelings about it with others.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Evelyn Petersen's column will return
Evelyn Petersen is taking a break for the holidays. Her column will return.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Helping survive failure
Q: My 15-year-old daughter has been working day and night practicing for an audition for a leading role in a play at school. I'm worried that she will be devastated if she doesn't get the part. I think she should quit the drama club and not go through this trauma.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Calm temper around teens
Q: I find myself absolutely losing it with my young teenage sons and just screaming at them when they break a rule that I know they understand perfectly.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Help daughter make friends
Q: My 7-year-old daughter has no friends. It's probably because we had to move to a new community this summer and she just started school last month. I don't know other parents with kids her age.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Finland's secret to success
A few weeks ago Finland was in the news for having one of the best educational systems in the world. This isn't new; they've had an excellent system since the 1960s.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Be ready at conferences
Let's extinguish some rumors and share facts you need to know before parent conferences this month.Continued ...
- Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Blocks in kindergarten
Q: They said blocks and dramatic play were not appropriate in my son's kindergarten, and were planning to remove them. Did the Michigan Department of Education say these things don't belong?Continued ...
- Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Ask Evelyn: All-day Kindergarten?
Dear readers: Starting last summer people started to ask me, "What do you think about all-day kindergarten?" Here's my answer, but this is only the first of several kindergarten questions asked of me.Continued ...
- Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Kindergarten taught at home
Q: My son is a kindergartener going to a public school for the first time. He has completely changed his personality and attitude about school and learning. He is unhappy, cries, and often lashes out, saying he hates school and wishes he could stay home. What should we do?Continued ...
- Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Online safety early on
Q: Our children are only 3 and 5. We have a personal computer and we do searches, use e-mail and write letters, but are not into chat rooms. We are already afraid that our kids will know more than we do about the computer in a few years. How are we going to protect them from the dangers of email from strangers and bad chat rooms?Continued ...
- Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Teens need you in touch
Maintaining a positive and open attitude is your most important asset as a parent of teens, but it's tough to do consistently, particularly during conflicts.Continued ...
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Events need balance
Q: Last week's "Anxious Mom" wrote to say she was worried that her preschooler might be less successful if she stayed home and did things with her instead of being in "enrichment" activities all week. She wondered why other moms seemed so frantic about their children's academic preparation. Why are so many parents feeling this pressure?Continued ...
- Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Children projects or people?
Q: I have our 3-year-old in a play group that meets twice a week. I like the socialization with the other moms, but feel great pressures when I hear them talk about their plans to get their children into pre-dance, pre-gymnastics, sports and so on. I don't understand why!Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Languages at home, school
Q: At what age should we send our child to a nursery school? My parents, my wife and I agree that our child can profit from being among peers in a nursery school, but we disagree about when our child should start.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Keep 'em busy when you're busy
Q: My 3-year-old is always whining and pulling on me when I am on the phone making calls to family members out of state. He wants attention, especially now that he knows a new baby is coming soon. What can I do with him? — M.L.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Mom sleeps with 10-year-old
Q: My wife has made a habit of going to bed with our daughter every night since she was born. She is now 10 going on 11. This is not helping our marriage.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Toddler adds guns to tantrums
Q: Our son is 2&½ and over the past month or so, he's changed into an angry and aggressive little boy. He shouts at those around him for no reason, and he wants to shoot everyone with his toy gun, including birds and insects.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Ask Evelyn: Dispelling parenting myths
I'm doing my "soap box thing" today because I feel it's necessary to dispel a few myths that are causing problems for many of today's young parents.Continued ...