December 18, 2018

25 Tips for Holidays with Less Stress

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[Note: I’m taking two weeks off from blogging to enjoy my family.] By Kathy Kuhl      Feeling holiday stress? Are you as behind as I am this holiday season? I haven’t felt this far behind since I had bronchitis! Here are some things I’m doing to cope, and more ideas from others. Basics Exercise! […]

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August 02, 2018

Learning the Art of Thinking: Review of Alan Jacobs’ book, How to Think

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by Kathy Kuhl     How do you recommend a book called How to Think: A Survival Guide for A World at Odds, without insulting your readers? Author Alan Jacobs recommends saying, “I’m sure you know someone who could benefit from this book.” And I’m sure you do. Why am I reviewing a book on thinking, […]

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July 27, 2018

Taming Smartphones: Using Handheld Tech to Help, Not Hurt

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by Kathy Kuhl     A smartphone is both a great tool and a great distraction. How can we harness the technology to help our struggling learners, without making life harder? Last week in Missouri, I spoke on helping distractible students succeed. For teens, I weighed the pros and cons of carrying smartphones. A few of […]

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July 05, 2018

4 Reasons to Homeschool this Summer

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By Kathy Kuhl           Summer: time for sun, vacation, lazing about—and homeschool? Yes! Even if you aren’t already homeschooling your child, I recommend summertime homeschooling. But the homeschooling I recommend over the summer may not be what you think. I firmly believe that kids and teens need unstructured time. So by […]

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February 22, 2018

Three Steps to Protect our Kids from Abusers

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By Kathy Kuhl     I don’t know any parents eager to talk to their kids about sexual abuse. But making body parts and sex unmentionable is more dangerous than being uncomfortable. I don’t want us to be paranoid, but “wise as serpents, innocent as doves.” This is a sad topic to consider, but ignoring it […]

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April 27, 2017

More Life Skills for Teens

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By Kathy Kuhl Part 4 of a series on life skills (which began here). Once I met a new mom at our homeschool group, who asked how old my kids were. When I told her, my oldest was then eighteen, she replied, “Oh, then you’re done!” I smothered a chuckle. I know what she meant. […]

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April 20, 2017

Money Skills for Teens

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by Kathy Kuhl Part 3 of a series on life skills (which began here). My kid bought a $36 soda Remember several years ago, when banks got bad publicity for charging $35 overdraft fees on debit cards? For struggling learners those fees were especially painful. Some consumers thought that a debit card purchase would be […]

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April 13, 2017

Life Skills for Teens with Learning Challenges

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by Kathy Kuhl Part 2 of a series on Life Skills (which began here). Recently, I spoke on helping teens and young adults with ADHD develop life skills. (The link to the audio is below.) This is important for all teens, but especially those with learning challenges. Young people who struggle with attention or learning […]

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April 06, 2017

Learning Life Skills, Part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl Are your children learning the life skills they will need when they are on their own? Imagine your child, grown up and moving out. As the car pulls away, you call, “Wait! I forgot to teach you how to… file your taxes” or “…find a good repair service” or “…change a flat […]

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December 03, 2014

My Top Ten Holiday Resources & a gift or two

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by Kathy Kuhl For a happier, saner, holiday: Instead of Christmas cards, send Easter cards and letters. Enjoy an Advent calendar. I don’t care if it’s a cheap chocolate one from the grocery store, one of the expensive Lego advent sets, or one you make. I’m fond of the traditional cardboard ones from Germany, which […]

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