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Learning from a Child With Dyslexia

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Curly-headed, with big, expressive brown eyes, Amelia was a late-in-life baby, an only child who, in the opinion of her adoring parents, was destined for greatness. When she began Pre-K, my husband and I had big dreams that her little school…
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Back to School Tips from Teachers

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The start of the school year brings a flurry of activity and, often, a wave of anxiety. Along with the latest clothes, the fresh supplies, and the promise of a blank slate, there is also an undercurrent of worry—for both parents and students. Worry…
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Tips to Empower Your Daughter

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When one comes from a culture of kids being seen and not heard, it's important to empower your daughter through words and actions. Validating her voice. Children are meant to be seen and not heard. Not now, honey, Mami’s talking. Oh…
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Illustrating Go the F**k To Sleep

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Once upon a time parents simply swallowed their discontent when it came to whiny kids who didn’t want to go to sleep. We lived in a land where, on any given night, mom and dad displayed more patience than Gandhi; never a single bleepable…
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Is Your Child Ready for Advanced Placement?

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The good news: more Latino high school students are enrolling and succeeding in elite Advanced Placement courses. The bad news: many students—of all ethnicities and races—are walking into the rigorous, college-level classes unprepared…
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Q&A: Award-Winning Author Esmeralda Santiago

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Esmeralda Santiago, author of best-selling memoir When I was Puerto Rican, and numerous other titles (Almost A Woman and The Turkish Lover) has a new, historical novel hitting bookstores this week. Conquistadora (Alfred A. Knopf), an epic…
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How to Keep Your Back To School Spending in Check

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It’s that time of year again. The time retailers (and our bank accounts) know that we’re gearing up to spend in droves. Back-to-school shopping is second only to the December holidays when it comes to spending. We are set to throw down…
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Tips for KickBoxing Yourself to Fitness

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You’ve tried power-walking and pilates to shrink your waistline, yoga and meditation to clear your mind...but there are those days, when you just want to throwdown and punch something—anything! For a good, old-school-style sweat that gets…
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How Much Should You Trust Your Child's Teacher?

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Karina Quezada knows what can happen when a parent places too much trust in their child’s teacher. In her native Mexico, a teacher berated Quezada’s eldest son for writing with his left hand. Later, in Houston, another teacher used her…