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John Karmak

Kindergarten Checklist

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The to-do lists look similar – fill out forms, get school supplies, try on clothes, wonder how they got so big so fast, buy new shoes, get ready for Welcome Day – but the emotions change daily. No matter how…

Getting Kids Organized

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I’ve been there. Maybe you have to. You walk into a neighbour or friend’s home and think, “Ugh. How can this house look immaculate when she has three kids and works full time!?” What keeps that home so together is…

Connecting to Your Child’s Teacher

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Ever wonder what it really takes to start out on the right foot with your child’s elementary teacher? While many parents think it means volunteering in the classroom and showing up for parent-teacher conferences, building a positive relationship with teachers actually begins with…

A Parent Quiz on Schools & Education

I was thrilled that The Boston Globe asked me to write a quiz on parent involvement in education. It appeared in the September 14th edition of their G magazine. I’ve posted it here so you can test yourself. And yes…the…

10 Steps to Fewer Homework Meltdowns

It’s an all too familiar scene for many families. Homework overload. Exhausted kids spending too much time on homework  – or doing everything but homework. And stressed-out parents who just want it done. Amidst the ongoing debate around homework (how much is…