Expert advice and practical ideas for raising kids
and becoming a vital part of their education.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Pressure on Parents:
How to Overcome the Stresses of Parenthood
Competitive Pressures on Kids
PTA Resources for Stress Relief
Hints to relieve homework stress from Our Children.
Stressed Out About Summer Safety?
Read an expanded version of the previous newsletter's summer safety tips from Step 2.
Ways for parents to relieve competitive anxiety
The stress a competitive society places on kids can be as unbearable for the parents as for their kids. However, child researcher Wendy Grolnick says competitive anxiety can be channeled into positive parenting. Find out how to combat the Pressured Parent Phenomenon.
Stress Relief Solutions
Establishing a support
system for yourself
Parenting poses difficult challenges, and feeling overwhelmed is a common condition. All parents need support. If you think stress may be affecting how you treat your children, read on for solutions.
2008 PTA Parents Expo
Connecting parents with resources—and kids with fun!
Saturday, June 21, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Town and Country Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
Open to the public — FREE admission
Entrada gratuita — Todas las familias son bienvenidas
The 2008 PTA Parents Expo will feature education for parents and fun activities for kids—with hundreds of exhibitors offering parent resources, programs, and outstanding school tools. Visit pta.org/expo for more information today.
Sponsored by Cartoon Network, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Norton, and Everlast Climbing Industries.
PTA MORE Offers Opportunities
for Enriching Experiences
As Father's Day approaches, dads and father figures come into the spotlight. PTA's latest initiative, MORE (Men Organized to Raise Engagement), also puts significant male role models in the spotlight, providing ways for dads, father figures, and children to reap the rewards of increased involvement.
MORE founding members are dedicated to raising male involvement across the nation. The organizations provide many ways to get involved. Learn how.
Tutoring Club Wins $2,000
2008 Phoebe Apperson Hearst–National PTA
Excellence in Education Partnership Award
North Miami Middle School PTSA in North Miami, Florida, in partnership with Communities In Schools and the Fischler School of Education and Human Services, Nova Southeastern University
Enfield Village School PTA in Enfield, New Hampshire, in partnership with the Town of Enfield
Thirty-Third District PTA in Malibu, California, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education
Washington Center PTA in Greenville, South Carolina, in partnership with the Klaver Klub, a volunteer organization of local 7th- and 8th-grade girls
Many communities exist within the walls of a high school: booster club, drama club, band, choir, sports teams, academic groups, PTSA, and many others. The Students For Success Tutoring Club at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California, demonstrates that when these communities work together toward a common goal, they can effect great changes within their school.
A collaborative effort between the Fremont High School PTSA and the school's National Honor Society, this peer tutoring program serves 450 students—approximately 130 on a typical day. Its impact? In one month, more than a third of the tutored students improved their grades in a core subject by at least one letter grade. Twenty-two students improved by two letter grades, and two improved by three letter grades!
For its collaboration and leadership in this program promoting student success, the Fremont High School PTSA has won the 2008 Hearst Award and $2,000 to continue the program. The award is sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundations.
PTA National Experts Offer Tips for Parents
In today's fast-paced society it seems our responsibilities and our children change and grow daily. A little advice and direction can go a long way! That's why PTA is offering a LIVE webcast on June 17 at 2 p.m. (Eastern) for parents and families about addressing every day issues to enhance children's health, safety and educational success.
Featuring PTA National President Jan Harp Domene, and a very special guest, viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via e-mail and have them answered during the live webcast. From quick parenting tips to ideas on parent involvement, this LIVE webcast will be a one-stop shop for parents and families looking for answers on these topics and more! Whether you're just watching this LIVE or asking a question, we welcome you to register now.
100 Ways to Help Your Child and School Succeed
There are many ways that you can help your child succeed! A few small activities each week will pay huge dividends over the course of the year. Here are a few that you can do this week:
- Talk with employers about holding parent meetings or parenting workshops on-site.
Comente a los empleadores sobre realizar reuniones o talleres orientados a los padres en el sitio de trabajo.
- Encourage employers to adopt flexible work schedules and time off so that employees might attend school functions.
Aliente a los empleadores a adoptar cronogramas de trabajo flexibles y permisos de salidas de modo que los empleados puedan asistir a las reuniones y acontecimientos escolares.
In The News
In This Issue:
Stress Relief Tips for Parents
In The News
EXPO PTA 2008 — Para Padres de Familia
Look for these topics in an upcoming issue:
More summer learning tips
Teaching problem-solving skills
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