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Off to University: Empty Nest …Empty Wallet?!

December, 2012
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Whether you say goodbye at the airport, train station or accompany your child all the way to the hallowed gates of their university, a child going off to college is a tearful affair. Years of studying, hard work, discipline, hope and savings, sometimes as much as USD$65,000 during the first year alone, can disappear in [...]

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How We “Parent”

November, 2012
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Our parenting style is a reflection of our parents. We either try to do it the same way they did or we try to do it differently. We either believe our parents did a good job or we believe they made mistakes…and we turned out okay in spite of them!
How we “parent” is a demonstration [...]

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Does Character Count?

November, 2012
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Does character count? Can it be taught?
These were the key questions raised by Dr. Hardin Coleman at a speech to a group of teachers and parents on October 29 at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB).
The speech was one of the latest in the WAB Distinguished Speaker Series, whose theme is “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make [...]

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Just Playing Around

September, 2012
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The latest gripe that many adults have of kids these days isn’t that their music is too loud, their hair too outlandish or anything that would sound remotely like what our parents nagged us about; rather, it is that they don’t go outside enough.
They don’t know the joy to be gained from a skinned [...]

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College Admissions – It’s the FIT that Matters!

September, 2012
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Imagine buying an expensive pair of shoes without ever trying them on. Would you simply look at a shoe on someone’s foot and immediately order it in the same color and size without ever checking to see if it looked good on you or even fit you? Of course you wouldn’t. Yet so many students [...]

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Combat the Downsides of Social Media

September, 2012
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Recently, the Associated Press published an article on a new phenomenon called “Facebook depression.” The condition can be described as becoming upset by Facebook content and an inability to cope with the emotional impact. Though “Facebook depression” is a relatively new discovery, the fact that the condition exists doesn’t surprise me.

The Impact of Screen [...]

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Choosing a School - Speaking from Experience

May, 2012
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Moving is never easy, and finding a school for your child can be the hardest part of all. Why don’t we learn from the experiences of other families? Three moms of Concordia International School Shanghai talk to LittleStar about their school search, offering some great ideas on how to find a perfect match for your [...]

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Parenting Teens: Who Owns the Problem?

May, 2012
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According to a statement attributed to Sigmund Freud, adolescence is a temporary mental illness. Anna Freud suggested that being normal during puberty is itself abnormal.
Statements of this type create veils and prevent people from seeing the wonderful opportunities for personal growth that open up during adolescence.
Problem solving contributes to the empowerment of both parents [...]

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Beyond Camps: Summer Learning for Everyone

May, 2012
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When I was growing up in the Midwestern United States in the 80s, the highlight of summer for many kids was getting to spend a few weeks away from home, usually at a remote lakeside location participating in some form of educational camp, the most popular of which were band and sports camps.
Fast forward 30 [...]

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Raising Your Child’s Intelligence

May, 2012
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“Mensa welcomes two-year-old into its ranks, second toddler this year” – this is the headline of a recent news article on Yahoo.com.
The news reports that Anthony Popa Urria is the youngest Canadian ever admitted into Mensa and has an estimated IQ (intelligence quotient) of 154. The toddler can recite the alphabet backwards and forwards, [...]

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Bedtime Routines: The Path to Perfect Sleep

May, 2012
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Parents often ask me about how to get their children to go to sleep at night…. and how to get their children to sleep in their own beds.
It is important to remember that you create you child’s world by the choices and decisions you make. If you live in Paris, or London or Shanghai, that [...]

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How to Choose A School

March, 2012
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Choosing a school – or more precisely, choosing the right school – is one of the many important decisions parents must make. At the risk of using hyperbole to prove a point, choosing a school is arguably as important as choosing a doctor or choosing a spouse. Why? Because at school more so than at [...]

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Three Parenting Styles

March, 2012
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George Bernard Shaw said: “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
We never went to a school for parents. So, how do we deal with the difficult task of parenting?
Dialog between parents and their teens – is it possible? How do I listen to my child? Can I understand an only child? [...]

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Selling Yourself to a College

January, 2012
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- How to write the Perfect Personal Statement

It’s that time of year for High School seniors to begin applying for entrance to colleges and universities. The most challenging part of the whole ordeal is writing the personal statement. How do you encapsulate your past, your motivations and your dreams for the future into the required format and [...]

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Teen Misbehavior: Understanding Their Goals

January, 2012
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Everyone needs to feel as if they belong.
Misbehavior is a negative way to achieve this natural and basic human need to belong.
The famous American psychiatrist R. Dreikurs has formulated four negative ways of expressing this need. They are based on the following goals of misbehavior in children and teenagers: Attention, Power, Revenge and [...]

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