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This has been a tough year for my family medically speaking. Suffice it to say, seeing loved ones close to you become sick, really makes you question your personal strength and mortality. We all know that no one here gets out alive; what we do not know is when our demise will happen. It seems that illness and unexpected accidents can occur quickly, be irreversible, and have you wondering what just happened and how you could prevent it from happening to you. Several questions with few answers. Everyone in my family seems to be on the road to recovery, in large part due to prayers and positive mindsets of strong individuals. I am in awe of the strength of people. I am hopeful that whatever the world brings you, you have the positive energy and strength to overcome any obstacle that is put in your way. Remember: Other people are watching and sometimes your strength is just what is needed to see the good in life or to keep fighting for another day.
HOMEWORK HELP 5 Ways to Support Great Study Habits in Your High Schooler
From homecoming dances and Friday night football games to hours spent playing Block Dude on your TI-84 graphing calculator, high school is sure to leave you with plenty of fond memories. But no matter what kind of student you were, we’re willing to bet you aren’t too nostalgic for all the time and energy spent on nightly homework assignments. Still, if you’re the parent of a high schooler, you should consider spending a little time helping your student hit the books. This is easier said than done. When your kids are young, helping them with their education can be as simple as having them read aloud to you. But homework gets significantly more challenging in the high school years. You’d be forgiven for not being able to answer your student’s questions about calculus, mitosis, or the meaning of a Shakespearean monologue. However, there are many great direct and indirect ways you can help your high schooler study effectively. Set a schedule. First and foremost, you should help your high schooler set aside clear blocks of time for homework and studying. This will help your child establish a routine, which leaves less time for hemming and hawing before getting started. It can also prevent your student from putting off long-term assignments until the last minute, resulting in less stress and a better night’s sleep before a big test or presentation. The great thing about setting a schedule is that it is a teachable moment in itself. Consider letting your high schooler be the one to plan out the details of their schedule. Giving them this responsibility will underscore multiple organizational skills, including the importance of planning ahead and setting attainable goals. They may find that they didn’t set aside
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