Students At Home

For Everyone Who Learns at Home

Losing is a big issue at my house. Michael shares exactly what I try to do with my children, and honestly, we as parents need to practice losing as well sometimes. While it’s never easy to lose, everyone can’t win all the time. This post includes excellent advice for every parent and teacher.

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The Olympic Games is not about winning but about competing. In every competition there are winners and losers. Our athletes have the potential to show our children how to win with dignity and humility and how to deal with the disappointment of losing. I think its fair to say swimmer James Magnussen could have reacted with more class after his performance in the relay team proved underwhelming.

Courtesy of below are five tips for teaching children how to lose:

Putting the emphasis on giving your best.

While everyone wants to win, shift the focus from winning to giving your best and to having fun. Explain that playing the game is like the cake and winning is like the frosting on top. It’s sweet, but the cake can be enjoyed without the frosting too.

Providing your child with opportunities to lose.

While it can be tempting to let your…

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Thoughts on Sports for Boys

An Olympic fan, I eagerly anticipate the games every two years and sit glued to the TV.  This year is no exception, and I’m hearing amazing stories of athletes and their families. 

Two male athletes give me hope for my energetic, challenging son.

At age 9, Kieran Behan started gymnastics to use up excess energy.  He is now only the second male gymnast from Ireland to compete in the Olympics. 

Michael Phelps started swimming at age 7.  His mother sent him to the pool with his older sisters because he was energetic and rambunctious. He competes this week to become the winningest Olympian of all time.

So many parents start their kids in sports at a young age.  The consensus almost insists that kids must start young in order to succeed in their sport.  These two young men disprove that theory.  Yes, 7 and 9 is young, but it’s not 3 and 4.

My son took gymnastics two years ago and loved it.  He grew tired of it after 18 months, though, so we stopped.  He’d like to start up again, and his occupational therapist insists that he would benefit from a sport where he’s active and moving.  I’m seriously considering re-enrolling him.  Sure, it’s a time and financial commitment, but the benefits are worth the sacrifices.

Just ask our Olympians.

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Do students need a desk?

My husband is home this weekend, a rare treat.  However, he’s also playing Wii with the kids.  They saved their coins, we searched for a secondhand console and games, and we finally found one this week.  As a result of the fun and games, I’ve had to give up my favorite working chair that sits in the middle of the gaming action.

At a chair at the table, I attempted to meet several deadlines.  Somehow, the dining room chair and table just didn’t seem right.  I found myself struggling to concentrate and mentally write what otherwise would have been easy assignments.    

This involuntary move started me thinking about the upcoming school year.  Would my son be able to better concentrate if we established a regular spot designated solely for school work?

Nearly every professional agrees that a routine helps them concentrate and prepares their mind for work.  Why is school any different? 

I know I perform better when I sit in my favorite writing chair.  In the next few weeks as we prepare to head back to school, I plan to find a designated spot for my son.  At his desk, he can complete worksheets, listen to lessons and hopefully find the concentration he needs in order to succeed.  


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Journalism is like Parenting

I especially enjoyed this post because I’m up way too early writing…so I can spend time with my little guy — away from work– today.

Plus, it made me smile.  Enjoy!   🙂


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Liz Kovak has written a very amusing piece which compares parenting with the newsroom:

1. You’re living in a 24-hour cycle.
The news never stops, and neither does parenting. Disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. Breaking news! Flash pee flood causes two-hour laundry pileup. This just in! A new tooth erupted on the Southern Gum Coast at 3 a.m. Details at 11 — kids on bedtime strike stall negotiations until opposing forces are given chocolate pudding and an American Girl doll. And just think about it — Wolf Blitzer doesn’t live in his “Situation Room” 24 hours a day, but you sure do.

2. Sometimes, you have to throw away the script and wing it.
Every parent knows the best-laid parenting plans are just like that generic footage of pills being spilled out on a formica counter that every local newscast uses for medical reports: out of date…

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