Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity

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As the mother of a senior in high school in the midst of the college application process, I can say that there is definitely an added stress in the home. The stress is at times very exciting - looking forward to his new adventure. And it can also be very overwhelming. So how do you decide where to apply and where to go? And do the rankings play a role in your decision?

According to a white paper published by Challenge Success, a research program at Stanford University, where you go means much less than how you engage in college. And, in the fifth episode of Parenting Beyond the Headlines, with my co-host, Sarah Cody, we look at the issue of college rankings. We welcome special guest, Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Stanford University, Co-Founder of Challenge Success, and author of Doing School and Miseducated Students.

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Practicing What I Preach

Practicing What I Preach

I was out for a run in our new neighborhood and saw a pond that was frozen over. It appeared it had been skated on and I was excited by the possibility of having a recreational ice skating park so close to the house that the kids could go to. I shared this discovery with my daughter when she came home from school before I had the chance to weigh out the possible dangers:

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Talking About Food Allergies

Did you know that 1 in 13 American kids has a food allergy? Are you afraid of hosting kids with them? 54% of parents in a study admit to excluding kids from parties because they are afraid of the consequences of food allergies. In our fourth episode of Parenting Beyond the Headlines we talked with Gina Mennett Lee, Food Allergy Consultant. She shared some strategies for hosting kids with allergies and helping kids advocate for themselves.

Talking About Gaming Disorder

Here is the third episode of my new adventure, Parenting Beyond the Headlines - a podcast I am hosting with my colleague and friend, Sarah Cody. We are going deep into the headlines and talking with experts about current events, how they affect our families, and how to talk about them in a meaningful and family-friendly ways.

In this episode, we talk to special guest, Michael Robb, Senior Director of Research at Common Sense Media about the recent classification by the World Health Organization of “gaming disorder.” What is the disorder, how likely are kids to develop it, and what should we be looking for? Michael shares some great strategies.

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