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Parents and Perfect Children

Jan 27, 2011 | By Harvey Craft
Some parents have unreasonably high standards for their children in school and elsewhere. Healthy children don't have to be perfect, just normal. Parents and other adults may occasionally describe a child as perfect. Generally, that description is meant as a compliment rather than an accurate assessment. Unfortunately, some parents have ...
Homework is an accepted part of school. Parents seldom question its purpose or effectiveness. And most parents don't know that it's a matter of controversy. Homework was not always an integral part of education in America. During the 19th and early 20th centuries homework was generally not assigned. Indeed, homework ...
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Children's Grades and Parental Expectations

Jan 08, 2011 | By Harvey Craft
For parents to want their children to perform well in school is normal. But when expectations become too lofty, they can be counter-productive to learning. Few things bring joy to parents like a child whose academic efforts are validated by a straight-A report card. High expectations are an important key ...