This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, Our daughter has had a refreshing winter break away from school. We actually noticed glimpses of her pretty smiles and watched her relax during the holiday season. It has been a much needed break away from the school setting taking a heavy load off her shoulders. Actually, our daughter loves school. It’s the bullying acts that she hates As the days are narrowing down, it will be time to return back to school. What can we continue to say, or do to help our daughter with her anxiety of returning back to a school campus of bullies? ~ We feel her dread ~[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, I’m a Social Worker, and I work with many families within and outside of the school settings. The Winter Break (about two weeks at home with families) can sometimes be tough on some kids.  Please provide activities, or even book title ideas that can be used to assist children with taking their minds off their problems. I want to help encourage better moods, and behaviors this holiday season. Due to the array of backgrounds, some children are just born into terrible home lives. ~ Not all children are as fortunate as others ~ Happy Holidays for some Children Dear Not all children are[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, As a teacher and parent, I realize the holidays can be extremely fun and upbeat for some children, but not all. I co-teach with a dear friend who just cannot wrap her head around why some kids seem sad around the holidays. What advice can you help me share with my dear teacher friend? ~ Not every child’s life is a bed of roses ~ Dear Not every child’s life is a bed of roses, Indeed yes! The holidays can be a stressful time for many children and their families. Teachers can help ease the tension by paying attention to the needs of[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, As I visited an elementary school sharing in Thanksgiving lunch, I was very observant of the atmosphere, and students. Since parents and families were invited to share in this occasion, I wondered if the students had been introduced to thematic lessons teaching them about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States, and how this holiday with family may have impacted their lives and culture. I was disappointed that it appeared to be more of a rushed, money making festivity rather than having any true meaning. I saw no decorations. The cost of the visitor lunch plate was a whopping $5.00, but the[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information Dear Dr. Cherrye, We can use mid-term elections as teachable moments! As our children reach the age of accountability whether we are parents, or teachers how can we use this special season to help 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 (mid-term elections) 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[…]

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information 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[…]

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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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