Good Study Habits for All Ages

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jan 29, 2019 4:00:00 PM

 

When it comes to choosing what to do in their free time, studying is probably not at the top of most children’s list.  It’s most likely not even on their list.  Most children and teenagers spend around seven hours a day in school, and so their first instinct when they come home is not to crack open their math book and start plugging away at algebraic equations.  Yet studying is an essential part of maintaining good grades, being prepared for tests, and retaining all of that information that students need as they advance in their studies.  Whether your child is five or seventeen, here are a few helpful tips in teaching them to practice having good study habits.

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Topics: School, Homework, Study Habits

MEANING IN THE MANGER: Insight into Christmas’ Most Popular Scene

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

 

The manger scene is one of the most iconic scenes in the world. It is easily recognizable to people of almost every nation, tribe, and tongue, and though it is a subtle picture, it loudly speaks one word to all who behold it: Christmas.  Whether your nativity set is life-sized or miniature, brand new or passed down, let’s take a moment to pause and consider this well known Christmas scene.

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas, Perspective

PRACTICE WITH PURPOSE: 4 Benefits of Homework and How it Helps

Posted by Abby Koch on Dec 14, 2018 4:00:00 PM

 

We’ve all been there.  You are rushing through the dinner making process or the after school activities and you hear your child speak those dreaded words, “I still have homework to do!”  Or maybe you have watched your child work for hours on their homework, only to be left frustrated and exhausted come bedtime.  With our children already attending close to seven hours of school a day, it’s no wonder why homework may be viewed with such contempt.  Because our dog can only eat so much homework, here are some practical and reassuring reasons why homework is beneficial and important for every child.

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Topics: Perspective, Homework

Top 10 Christmas Activities for the Family in San Diego

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Dec 6, 2018 4:00:00 PM

There is no doubt that the Christmas season brings joy, excitement, wonder, and gratitude into our lives. However, sometimes the most wonderful time of the year is also fraught with long to-do lists, busy schedules, and stress.  While you may find yourself grasping for more time in each day, remember to take a minute (or two) to invest in the memories that will last long after the lights are taken down and the batteries on the toys run out.  If you are local to San Diego or just visiting for the holidays, here are a few festive things to do with your family that will keep you in awe and wonder this holiday season.

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Topics: Holidays, Family, Christmas, Fun

Falling for Fall: A Healthy Perspective of the Holiday Season

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Oct 25, 2018 4:00:00 PM

 

As the holiday season approaches, do you find that looking at your calendar brings a sense of anxiety as you focus on the many to-do’s and get togethers that accompany this time of year?  Unfortunately familiarity with the holidays has the potential to breed a lack of appreciation for what they truly stand for.  As busy as this full and festive season can become, let’s look at a few ways we can change our mindsets into ones of appreciation and thankfulness this time of year.

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Topics: Holidays, Thankfulness, Perspective

Back To School Rhythm Without Singing The Blues

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Sep 13, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Congratulations!  You and your children have made it through the first few weeks of school. The schedules are filling up quickly and hopefully everyone seems to be finding the rhythm of their routines. Here are a few tips to ensuring you and your family experience a healthy and happy school year.

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Topics: Back to School, Family, Healthy Habits, Preparation

Encouraging Curiosity and Why it’s Essential

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Aug 28, 2018 4:40:00 PM

Have you ever wondered why your toddler’s favorite word seems to be ‘why?’ Have your older children lost their curious drive or do they no longer ‘care’ why something is the way it is? You may have even been told that ‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ but let’s look at some reasons why curiosity should be encouraged and fostered in our children.

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Topics: Parenting, Child Development, Curiosity

Great Ideas for Beating Summer Boredom

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Jun 12, 2018 4:00:00 PM

“Mom, there’s nothing to do. I’m so bored!”  Sound familiar? Parents would be millionaires if they had a nickel for everytime they heard that phrase come from their children’s mouths. Without the rigorous schedule of homework, sports, and after school activities, the summer can be open season for boredom to find its way into the minds of our kids and sour the sweetest summer day.

First of all, boredom is a choice that people make. They choose to discard all known options of occupying themselves and instead vocalize that decision to the person they believe can solve their problem. Children are masters at doing this, and often parents don’t want the battle so they cave to the demands of whatever is being asked of them. Here are some fun, creative, and mostly free suggestions to help your kids choose being busy over being bored this summer.

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Summer, Boredom

Must-Have Advice for Graduating Seniors

Posted by Rachel Urbina and our amazing Kindergarteners on May 31, 2018 4:00:00 PM

With graduation just around the corner, we decided to send our high school seniors off to college with some helpful, practical and much-needed advice. Naturally we decided to consult the experts for this important project, so we interviewed our Kindergarten students to find out what they had to say:

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Topics: Helpful Tips, Encouragement, Good Advice, Graduation

The Benefits of Being a Benchwarmer

Posted by Rachel Urbina on May 25, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Just hearing the term Benchwarmer may conjure up some unhappy memories for many. Maybe some of us have felt the frustration being a ‘reserve’ or bemoaned the thought of ‘riding the pine’ for another game. Being left-out is no fun, but the experience seems to be harder when it happens to your own child. Here’s some helpful insight we can pass on to our young athletes to help them to score even when they're on bench.

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Topics: School Sports, Helpful Tips, Character Education, Encouragement