All Entries For michelle stroffolino schmidt

Why All Kids Need Recess

Reading, writing, 'rithmetic... and recess? According to experts, recess isn't a perk--it's a necessary part of the schoolday. Find out why more kids are losing their recess access
Posted 2/27/2013  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 39 comments   60,468 views
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Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes: Help Your Children Embrace Theirs

Today, there is not one model of "family." Here's how to teach our kids to love and appreciate their own families in today's diverse society.
Posted 1/25/2013  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 25 comments   16,535 views
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How to Help Children Deal When Tragedy Strikes

In explaining tragedy to children, parents face a difficult task. There is no single right thing to say, and you cannot predict reactions. You can love, communicate, and protect...
Posted 12/17/2012  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 11 comments   10,344 views
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How to Ace the Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent-teacher conferences can be tough for the adults on both sides of the little table. Learn how to really listen to your child's teacher(s) and make the most of your meetings.
Posted 11/28/2012  12:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 14 comments   13,673 views
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I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends

Our guest blogger, an expert on friendship, takes a break from quantifying how it's important--and shares why friends really matter. You won't want to miss this!
Posted 10/11/2012  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 9 comments   12,902 views
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Confession: Parenting is Hard (Even for the Experts)

Nobody's perfect at anything--so why expect yourself to be a "perfect" parent? Here's a lesson in giving yourself a break.
Posted 10/10/2012  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 13 comments   10,061 views
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Helping Your Kids Cope with Back-to-School Exhaustion

Starting new routines and learning new skills can make kids cranky and downright tired. Here are five ways to help your kids adjust to a new school year.
Posted 9/25/2012  10:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 7 comments   18,340 views
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How to Teach (and Learn) Self-Control as a Parent

If you're a parent, you've probably experienced your share of frustrating temper tantrums. Here's how to keep your cool when your child gets heated.
Posted 8/28/2012  10:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 20 comments   18,301 views
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How to Keep Your Child Safe in Cyberspace

It's the end of the school day: Do you know where your child is? Chances are, he's probably on the Internet. Here's how to keep your family safe from potential online dangers.
Posted 8/23/2012  10:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 17 comments   17,612 views
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Kindergarten 'Redshirting': A Leg Up or an Unfair Advantage?

When we were kids, you started school at age 5, plain and simple. The decision isn't so easy these days. Our parenting expert explains the controversy.
Posted 8/9/2012  10:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 129 comments   49,625 views
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Can We Teach Ourselves (and Our Kids) to Be Happier?

There are 2 kinds of happiness, explains parenting expert Michelle Stroffolino Schmidt, Ph.D. So which is more important? And, how can we teach happiness to our kids?
Posted 7/26/2012  2:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 28 comments   18,709 views
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The Popularity Contest: Why You Don't Need to Finish First

Everyone wants to be popular, but is popularity really all it's made out to be? Here's what you can do to help your kids through the social food chain.
Posted 7/12/2012  10:00:00 AM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 36 comments   26,180 views
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How Do We Raise Morally Healthy Children?

In a world full of outside influences, how can you make sure your child develops a solid moral foundation? It might not be easy, but it is possible. Here's how.
Posted 6/28/2012  2:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 49 comments   20,034 views
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4 Fun Ideas to Ban Summer Boredom

Now that school's out, it's up to you to keep the kids occupied all day, every day. Get expert tips on keeping kids (and parents) happy--without hours spent planning activities.
Posted 6/14/2012  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 14 comments   15,610 views
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