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Ask an educator: What are the hidden messages we send our kids?

I recently observed my 5-year-old daughter do something surprising that called into question my parenting skills. We were at someone else’s home and she wanted water. The person who lived there invited her to take a cup and get water from the dispenser on the refrigerator. My daughter took a cup, walked to the refrigerator

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Ask an educator: What will my child’s schooling look like this year?

As we hit month five of a global pandemic that has changed our lives and created new societal norms like mask-wearing and social distancing, many of us are looking towards the start of the new school year with anticipation, fear, confusion and hope. In July, the Governor released the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap, which sets the

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Ask an educator: Why is there a big age gap in my child’s classroom?

After my previous column on advancing or widening a child’s education with more challenging experiences, I received a number of messages and questions from parents who are interested in this topic. I invite you all to join my Facebook group for Parents on which we discuss these types of issues. I have received a number of

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Health

What are the risks of vaping?

It looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a USB port, but it’s not a data storage device.  Instead, it delivers high levels of nicotine, making the product extremely addictive. Vaping rates have surged among teens. In 2018, a national tobacco youth survey found that over 3.6 million middle school and high

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