Dear Dr. Cherrye, As our children reach the age of accountability, as leaders, whether we are parents, or teachers how can we use the mid-term elections (a season of voting) as teachable moments helping children zero-in on the importance of growing up as productive citizens in our society? ~ A critical teachable moment! ~ Dear A critical teachable moment, Parents and teachers should be on the forefront of using this very important moment in our democracy teaching our children first the history of voting and voting rights, and then the importance of using their voices as a platform to expand further engagement, research and conversations. What Teachers/Educators Can Do Prepare mock elections on school campusesGet students excited about mock electionsPrepare[…]

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Dear Dr. Cherrye, My dear friend is kind, loving and is a great mother. I’m trying to find a way to inform her that her son bullies. I think she knows this, Dr. Cherrye, but she either chooses to ignore it, or can’t face the truth. The teachers, neighbors and his peers can’t be wrong all the time.  ~ My friend needs to Wake Up! ~ Dear My friend needs to wake up, Sadly, there are parents who are blind-sided and/or cannot accept or face reality that their own child is the bully in the classroom, school or neighborhood. Parents with these characteristics may feel embarrassed and they are in denial. These parents need a nudge, or person to alert[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, I realize that October is Bully Prevention month. I’ve been seeing your videos on Facebook as you share messages about bullying. What are other key points that educators and parents should know, or pay attention to as we support school aged children who may be experiencing problems with bullies at school? ~ Bullying can be troubling ~ Dear Bullying can be troubling,  Parents and teachers should always pay close attention to the behaviors of children whether at home or in the school setting. This point can’t be emphasized enough, but may be easier for parents since they live with their children. It is[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information.  Dear Dr. Cherrye, Cyberbullying is widespread, growing and hard to handle. As a teacher how can I help with this form of bullying at the school level?  ~ Maybe there’s something I can do! ~ Dear Maybe there’s something I can do! Yes! There is something you can do! I’m so happy you’ve asked this question. As we all know, most children have access to cell phones, tablets, and all sorts of electronic devices. It would be hard-pressed locating a child who doesn’t have a cell phone in their hand, or pocket at school.  After hours, teachers may have minimal effect, so School Officials should have[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information.  Dear Dr. Cherrye, School has been in for three weeks now, and my daughter has had her first test. She was very nervous and appeared to have test anxiety. How can I help her face taking tests without cramming up and making herself ill?  ~ Test anxiety isn’t fun! ~ Dear Test Anxiety isn’t Fun, As a parent, you are in a great position to help your child face this sort of tension, so I’m glad that you’re seeking help earlier than later when things could really get out of hand. Kudos to you! Firstly, let’s define Test Anxiety – From my experience, children who face[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, During my daughter’s monthly playdates I’ve noticed that a few of the young girls aged 4-5 years old play very rough. My daughter plays nice, is meek, mild and loves to be around other girls her age.  As I observe my little girl’s actions, she seems confused. I mean, these few little girls are mean, and often do not want to share toys. Shockingly, the moms of these girls either ignore, or say very little. I sit waiting on the moms to step in redirecting their girls, but it rarely happens. Dr. Cherrye, why is it that some little girls seem so mean[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, Transitioning back to school can be tough on some kids. Most have had a great summer vacation with lots of leeway on curfew, use of electronics, and sadly junk foods. Now, we need to reel them in with schedules because school will begin very soon, so we need to transition them back into normalcy. Do you have any ideas of how to make this a smooth transition without the hype and tension in our home? ~ Less stress is best ~ Dear less is best, Discuss with your children the need for transitioning back into old school weekday routines. They have to understand[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, Just recently I was harshly criticized for my parenting technique of placing my son in time-out as a way of controlling his discipline. My parents used spankings as a form of discipline when I was a child and although I feel loved by my parents and have a great relationship with them, I wanted to try a different approach with my own children. Isn’t time-out still a great alternative for discipline? I remember the wave moving from spankings to a better, more emotionally sound way of disciplining our children, but I thought time-out was still the trend. Am I wrong? ~ Am I[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.   Dear Dr. Cherrye, Just the thought of going back-to-school can incite anxiety, sometimes exhausting, but for some kids an exhilarating time of year. My girlfriends and I were just talking the other day about preparing our children of various age groups for back-to-school. We were tossing around ideas so we’re not so worn-out trying to keep our homes and families organized. Will you offer additional tips, please? ~ No mama burn-out for us ~ Dear no mama burn-out for us, Family dynamics differ from family to family, so Dr. Cherrye will share what she knows, so you moms can avoid mama burn-out as long as[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information. Dear Dr. Cherrye, School is about to start soon, and I’m praying I won’t have students enrolled in my class who aren’t willing to learn, over-the-top behavioral issues, and their parents seem unconcerned. Children who act this way, can be draining for teachers. This may sound harsh, but I sincerely hope my Principal will consider not assigning too many of these children in my classroom this school year. ~ I need a break ~ Dear I need a break, Family and family life are both important to child development, growth and molding children into productive citizens that we’d most certainly want to coexist among in today’s society.[…]

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