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Resources for schools to talk about the incident in Charlottesville

Resources for schools to talk about the incident in Charlottesville

by Jen Cort, Founder, Jen Cort Educational Consulting

Traditionally at this time of summer the messages from school are about the newness of the upcoming year, faculty summer professional development and leadership reflections on last year and plans for next year.  The events of the past weekend have many schools questioning when how to redesign their messages to families, faculty and students. If you are wondering how to articulate your school’s position on the incidents around Charlottesville, you are not alone, I have received calls and emails from many schools in the past few days with this same question and have quickly pulled together a list of resources.

  • Reflect your mission. Use it as your guidance to frame your message.
  • Clarify where you stand, articulate who you are as a school.
  • Say it! Of the many lessons of last year, the one that strikes me the most is schools must message who they are, what they stand for while also stating who they are not and what they stand against.  In the aftermath of the election many schools worried about silencing voices of disagreement but these are not political messages, they are value and mission based messages.  Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post created a robust list resources for the start of school The First Thing Teachers Should Do when School Starts in Talk about Hatred in America. My post election blog Schools Called to Clarify Who They Are and Are Not also supports this topic.
  • Reference your handbook. Most schools have statements about physically and verbally acceptable/unacceptable behaviors between students; these expectations can be utilized to frame your school’s position.
  • Model the value statements of your accreditation body and other organizations to which your school belong.  For schools with a religious affiliation, you might consult statements of the religious organization.  Many places of worship are making their position known some examples are Episcopal Diocese of Washington recognized the horror of the events and “the power of collective resolve and mobilized love” and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated “The abhorrent acts of hatred on display in Charlottesville are an attack on the unity of our nation”.
  • Establish community norms.  Community norms are a set of agreements informing member behavior and rooted in community values, beliefs, interests. Establishing norms creates a reciprocal relationship between the individual and the community, the community and society.
  • Ensure consistency of messaging from leadership and faculty (I am using the term “faculty” to refer to every employee of a school a teacher as they all contribute to the educational experience of students) with students and parents.
  • Use available resources.  Cultivate the references for responding immediately and making long term curricular connections.  In addition to the phenomenal list by Valerie Strauss, Teach for Change offers professional development materials.
  • Provide parents with tools for engaging in conversations with their children. Jessica Ravitz of CNN posted ‘Talking to Kids About Hate’. My blog “Having Meaningful Conversations With Kids When the Topic is Uncomfortable for Adults” also provides tips.
  • Deepen advocacy and social justice in your programEdutopia offers social justice materials for schools and parents. Not On Our Campus and Not in Our School provide free resources for starting anti-racism and discrimination programs on your campus. One example of kids starting their own is program Not In Our Town Olney, Brookeville, Sandy Spring, which is staffed by Middle Schoolers (full disclosure, my daughter is the founder).
  • Build community and kindness skills. The Dot celebrates “Creativity, Courage and Collaboration”. Kindness Rocks help kids of all ages serve as change agents by placing messages of kindness written on rocks around their communities.
  • Focus on equity not equality. Equity is everyone gets what they need and equality is everyone gets the same thing. Families need to know their children are physically, emotionally and academically safe and nurtured. This is true of all students, and more so for groups frequently targeted including sexual minority youth and people of color.
  • Resist focusing on the incident in Charlottesville as an isolated incident.  Memories are short lived and focusing on one incident may cause students and adults to let  go of the lessons with their memory.  Focusing on the culture of your school as it relates to any act against your values with the incident in Charlottesville being the most recent, in a sequence of incidents, will reinforce the change you seek.
  • Ensure your school engages the anti-bias and anti-discrimination work. These conversations are not “other” discussions but are needed for all students and in all areas of student life. Teaching Tolerance (mentioned in the Valerie Strauss article but worth standing restating) of the Southern Poverty Law Center is a wealth of information. The Anti-Defamation League offers frameworks for teaching anti-bias education. Owning Up Curriculum by Culture of Dignity and Rosalind Wiseman “teaches young people to understand their individual development in relation to group behavior, the influence of social media on their conflicts, and the dynamics that lead to discrimination and bigotry.”

These times are consistently inconsistent. Create forums for different constituent groups come together to create strong community partnerships reflecting your school’s values and meeting student needs. Invite families and faculty to include you when they are concerned and to partner with you to create the school environment you all seek.

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Degrees or Skills? Who is “Most Likely to Succeed?”

Degrees or Skills? Who is “Most Likely to Succeed?”

by John Templeton (Temp) Keller, Co-founder and Director,  Blyth-Templeton Academy

As I often joke with friends, it always feels like a decisive moment in education. And alas, education tends to evolve at a glacial pace. A much posed question these days is what does it mean to be successful, and who really is most likely to succeed?!  The ensuing debate makes it seem like a defining moment in education.

For quite some time now, many have been debating the value of college degrees and viability of the traditional college business model as a whole in the 21st century. This lively discussion among educators and thought leaders has contributed to a consideration and adoption of some provocative ideas and models for change.

What Are the Good Questions?

One of our fundamental beliefs at Blyth-Templeton Academy is that asking good questions is far more important than regurgitating correct answers. We need to rise above providing standard, ideological education answers and instead ask some of this moment’s most important questions about education, schooling, teaching, and learning:

  • Over 100 years ago the United States went from one-room schoolhouses to the robust, industrial model we have now. It was a transformation that was nothing short of miraculous. Perhaps it’s time for another change?
  • Right now we are attempting to educate a generation of kids who will work in jobs that have not been invented yet.   They will be called on to solve problems in a world so complex we can’t even imagine it.  How do you design a school system that prepares kids for that?
  • While turning students into better collaborators, or having them think more critically might seem like a very good idea, won’t changing a student’s approach to education this radically inhibit their ability to get into a good college?

As educators we are paying attention to the questions, the humanity, and the uncertainty of parents at this decisive moment:

  • “Do I want him to do well on the SAT?  Why?  To get into college?  Well, why?  I’ve had to really reexamine all of those things—and why do I want all the things that I want for him?  Because it’s not like I’m only trying to get him into an Ivy League school or something.  I’m really not.  I want him to be happy.  But I also don’t want him to have any doors closed.”
  • “As I consider the kind of education I want for my own daughter, how do I predict what will give her the best shot at future happiness?  At being successful—whatever that means?”

How Parent Involvement Helps

I for one feel that this is a very appropriate moment to reiterate what we believe:

  • We believe that education is changing—shifting from uniform textbooks that provide facts to project-based, experiential learning that develops unique skills.
  • We believe that most schools, tutoring, and test prep centers have fallen behind this shift—and not changing fast enough to catch-up.
  • We, therefore, believe that partnerships between families and forward-thinking educators present the best shot these days at ensuring an individual learner’s future happiness and success.

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So whether success to you as a parent is for your child to get into a highly selective college, become highly skilled, and/or be happy, we believe that this need not be an either/or. We believe that the straightest line to all three is figuring out what motivates your child to love learning, developing a project as unique as they are, and supporting them as they work to change the world.

Tradition Meets Innovation: A Partnership to Celebrate!

Tradition Meets Innovation: A Partnership to Celebrate!

by Christ Episcopal School

Beginning in the fall of 2017, Christ Episcopal School, a preschool 2’s through 8th grade school in Rockville, MD,
and YMM Art Space, part of the YMM Art Education International Group based in Shenzhen, China, will begin a
new and innovative partnership. YMM Art Space will bring its internationally recognized art curriculum and
instruction to Christ Episcopal School.

YMM Art Education International Group, while developing relationships with artists and art schools around the
world, has also been a major presence at the annual conference of the National Art Education Association in
the U.S. In 2016, the president of NAEA recognized YMM for its “Outstanding Contribution to Art Curriculum
and Development” and for “supporting the NAEA mission: To advance visual arts education to fulfill human
potential and promote global understanding.”

Adding an internationally acclaimed visual arts program to CES, known for its rigorous academics, strong
character education and close-knit community, will enrich the outstanding classroom and extracurricular
opportunities for the school’s students.

Founded in 2005, the YMM Art Education International Group has grown rapidly, with branches currently
located in Toronto, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taiwan and Washington, DC. The group’s mission is to
“foster imagination and creativity for the advancement of human society,” and “to guide all children to live an
intellectually and culturally enriched life.”

The relationship between CES and YMM Art began in 2015 when Dr. Chapin, CES Head of School, attended the
China-US International Art Education Forum in China, visited many YMM Art Education centers and met Moses
Wang and his wife, Mythos Yang, artists and founders of YMM Art. Subsequently in 2016, YMM Art sent a
group of its art educators from China to visit CES in order to learn about CES’s emphasis on the arts and its
integration of the arts throughout the curriculum.
On Friday, June 23, CES Head of School, Dr. Caroline Chapin, and YMM Art Founding President, Moses Wang,
signed a partnership agreement to bring YMM Art Space to CES in September 2017. The signing was attended
by a number of CES and YMM Art administrators as well as a few CESummer! campers.

Before the first day of school, the Christ Episcopal School art studio and gallery spaces will be updated per
YMM Art Space specifications for a unique beginning to the 2017-2018 school year!

“I am thrilled that CES is going to provide its students with the opportunity to experience art education
through this new partnership with YMM Art Space. It is yet another step CES is taking to bring new and
innovative learning experiences while embracing the multicultural world in which we live.” Dr. Caroline
Chapin, Head of School, Christ Episcopal School, Rockville, MD.

Moses Wang, YMM Art Founding President, shared his thoughts about the partnership benefits. “CES has a
profoundly impressive history and a unique academic program. CES’s Head of School, Dr. Caroline Chapin, has
accomplished much in her seven years as CES Head and has unique insights into best educational practices for
today’s students. I strongly agree with her educational philosophy. YMM is committed to early art education,
and much of its program coincides with CES’s emphasis on art education.”

Christ Episcopal School is a paid featured school on DCschoolHUB. 
Sending Your Kid To Private School Will Save You $1,053,000

Sending Your Kid To Private School Will Save You $1,053,000

By G. Ruga, Editor, Paying for Private School: Tips and tricks for sending your child to private school

Time Magazine reports that private school can save you money by giving you home location flexibility. This in turn can save you $50,000. They are right! Indeed, you can save even *more* money if you take the right steps after moving in.

Small is Beautiful

We live in an OK but not great public school district.  As is typically the case for such school districts, the homes are older and smaller.  Our smaller home costs less to heat and cool. And it costs a lot less to repair. There are less materials needed and they often cost less to replace. Don’t be scared into buying  or renting a brand new place to avoid costs – over time the smaller home will come out way ahead in many ways.

As one of many examples, our current roof cost $3000 to replace back in 2010. For larger homes a roof replacement can be $8,000   to replace with just basic materials. And larger homes are often fancier requiring you to get better materials to fit in. And this leads to the next benefit – keep up with the neighborhood expectations.

Less Pressure To Spend

Keeping up with the Jones is a lot different in our neighborhood. Folks are lot more down to earth. Literally. Hiring a lawn service is considered either 1) a mark of shame or 2) you must be ill and we should step in to help.

People who move here and hire a lawn service seem to eventually shift to mowing it themselves. Every Saturday morning they see countless examples of how do get it done. And the entire street is a tool sharing enterprise. Having auto mechanics and DYI folks as neighbors really helps as well. A a lower cost neighborhood is lower cost on many levels and with more down-home kind of folks we prefer.

The Up Side – More Earnings

And private school raises the odds of your kiddo going to college. You will be used to saving lots of money and shelling out tuition expenses anyway so you are more likely to be set up to pay for it. And that equates to a million an extra income over their career(typically). Start to think across the generations and it starts to get impressive.

And while money isn’t the main driver for a private school it is worth noting that you save a lot more than $53,000 when moving to a lower cost neighborhood and paying for private school.

And lower costs houses are smaller, older and closer to area of employment. Your car costs will go down and with that shorter commute you will be more rested and eventually promoted.

You will save $53,000 on housing expenses and realize $1 million in extra income for each child. That is not a bad deal for providing your children an education that matches your values.

4 Things Parents Should “Unlearn” When it Comes to Education

4 Things Parents Should “Unlearn” When it Comes to Education

by Lee Palmer, Head of School, Blyth-Templeton Academy 

In my more than 30 years teaching and leading high schools, I often see parents unknowingly sabotage their own child’s success. They’ve been bombarded with messages that tell them, “the more involved you are in your child’s education, the more they will learn.” It’s not that parent involvement isn’t crucial to success, but many of us are doing it wrong. 

The interpretation of this involvement maxim has come to mean helping with homework, rushing to school to bring the forgotten book, offering a multitude of enrichment activities, hiring tutors, and using carrots and sticks to motivate. While it is important for students to know what is valued in their families, it is equally important to allow them the space, time, and emotional support they need to own their high school experience and grow into independent and competent adults.

Here are four things we need to “unlearn”:

#1. Over-emphasizing homework.

If your child is anxious about homework, tell them to email their concerns to their teacher. Don’t engage in the homework with them, whether it is to provide assistance or discuss their anxieties about schoolwork. The more discussion of homework, the more the message your child receives from you is “this is important and I have to do it tonight or I have failed.” Of much greater importance for learning is satisfying primal needs for sleep, food, and love.

Which scenario leads to greater learning – staying up until 2:00am to work on something that can easily be remediated with the help of the teacher the next day or getting a good night’s sleep and arriving at school the next day ready to ask for help?

On the other hand, be open to discussions initiated by your teenager about what they’re learning at school. A powerful reinforcement of learning is explaining something of interest to someone else.

#2. Not engaging the school for support.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions that may help the school support your child, reach out sooner rather than later to teachers and/or administrators. Problems can’t be addressed if the school is unaware of them, and a quick heads-up can often prevent a minor issue from developing into a major one.

In addition, if your high school student is facing mental or physical challenges, consider allowing the school to communicate with external support such as psychiatrists, therapists, and primary care physicians so that they can create an effective support network. Make the presumption of good will, that every adult at school has the best interests of your child at heart.

#3. Responding to emotion with more emotion.

Teenagers often maintain an even keel at school and then release all of their emotional energy as soon as they get home. It’s hard for parents to see their child in tears and not react emotionally. As with homework, a response that is loving, empathetic, but not with high emotional energy sends the message that you are a safety net without fueling the fire. Most of the time, a good night’s sleep and a return to school the next day will take care of the problem. If it doesn’t, then it is even more important that a child sees a parent as a calm place in the storm.

#4. Don’t join the college arms race.

The post-secondary landscape is very different from when you were a teenager and there are infinite paths for students to follow that prepare them to use their gifts for themselves and for others. Despite the emergence of so many non-traditional paths, a lot of parents still put a significant emphasis on certain colleges – occasionally even prioritizing selectivity and status over the right fit. Our students are preparing for a world that will be very different from the one you knew as a young person, so be open to their ideas about their own journeys.

Every child is different and we shouldn’t assume that what is right for one child is right for another. However, we must remember that parents play an important role to empower their students when it comes to school. Doing this well will help make the school experience one that matters to students.

Click here for more great blogs from Blyth-Templeton Academy 

Relocating? How to Find the Right School for Your Child

Relocating? How to Find the Right School for Your Child

by Liz Yee, Director of Admissions, Lowell School

Relocation can be an exciting and, let’s face it, stressful experience. There are many reasons that you may be relocating—new job opportunities, family changes, or a new life adventure—but when this move involves children, it can be even more challenging. Looking for housing, securing a job, getting to know a new city or community, saying “goodbye” to family and friends—there is a lot to balance. And, one of the most important elements, of course, is finding a school for your child.

Whether you’re looking at private or public schools, it can be difficult to even know where to begin. If your housing has been confirmed, that can be helpful in determining the local public school option. It can also narrow down ideas about private schools in the area. Or maybe, you’re waiting to find the school and then finalize the community where you will live. It becomes somewhat of a juggling game for everything to fall into place. Where to start?

Tap Into Your Real Estate Agent

If you are working with a relocation services company or a real estate agent, you should have early conversations about school districts, local neighborhoods, and private school options. Your agent will be your “boots on the ground” and will be able to get you pointed in the right direction. They will likely have a list of school district boundaries, or even a basic idea of good schools in the area. Schools are an important consideration in the real estate market, so don’t be shy about getting up-to-date and accurate information from your agent.

Do Your Research

If you have not yet relocated, Google is your new best friend. And, the good news is there are a lot of available resources that you can tap into to get to know schools and start to get an idea of what your options might be. If you need a tool to keep your thoughts organized, download this handy excel spreadsheet to get you started.  READ MORE

 

Summertime Screentime

Summertime Screentime

By Denise Lisi DeRosa, Founder Cyber Sensible, LLC

The lazy days of summer can be a much-needed break from the busy routine of the school year for kids. Unfortunately for parents, summer can become a battle to keep kids from getting swallowed up by their technology – Netflix, Xbox, Instagram, Snapchat, Pokémon Go and on and on. So, how can families balance tech use and keep free time from becoming nothing but screen time? Here’s my advice.

Be Practical

No one wants to see their kids do nothing but lounge inside binge-watching TV or spending hours on end playing Xbox but we also need to adjust our expectations for the summer. Think ahead to what your kids will be doing over these months with camps, travel, beach, or pool. They may still be pretty busy but for any free weeks you may want to allow them a little more leeway with their use of tech. Just don’t let it get out of hand. Loosen the reigns without breaking all the rules. Keep some limits in place without discussion, for example no devices at family meals and devices off for sleep.

Be Prepared

To avoid the constant nagging or heated argument, set some expectations upfront for screen time use. Decide on some guidelines and boundaries together. Really allow your kids to have some input in this process so they are invested in the agreement. Also, remind them that screen time limits will be updated again once the new school year starts.

Be Flexible

So you planned a great beach getaway but rain and thunderstorms have you stuck inside? Allow some extra Netflix or Xbox playing when the weather is not cooperating with best-laid plans. Have some fun indoor activities on hand as well such as board games, puzzles or some creative crafts to offer some choices away from screens. Make sure everyone (including parents) knows when the sun returns you expect them to head back outside to enjoy the weather and the devices will be left inside.

Be Safe

Make sure that all of your privacy and safety settings remain up to date and set appropriately for each child. This will give you some peace of mind so you do not need constant hovering over their shoulders. For your young teens that may be exploring cyber space more on their own, it is really important that they know how to set and use the proper privacy settings for their own safety. Review these together ahead of time. If you need some help with these settings, book an Online Safety Workshop for you and your child.

Be Clear

Idle hands can make for poor choices and it is too easy for kids to over share on social media or for inappropriate posts to be sent impulsively. So with more free time it may be wise to review online safety lessons. Set the boundaries and expectations clearly for appropriate sharing and behavior on social media and beyond. Emphasize a few key points: don’t share personal information on public platforms, treat others with respect, keep online friends to real life friends, keep private parts private, don’t share passwords, think before posting, and know how to block and report abusive behavior.

Be Together

It is also important for parents to embrace some technology in order to connect with their kids.  For example, you could create summer song playlists to enjoy together, binge watch some shows on a rainy day, have a movie night, or play a family video game tournament. It is important to model appropriate appreciation and enjoyment of technology as much as it is to model times without devices.

All of this can be overwhelming at first. There are some great products designed to help parents with online safety.  I really like Family Zone because their full-service solution provides busy parents the support they need to keep their families safe online: setting time limits, restrictions on access to unsafe content, and Cyber Experts like me to help you stay up-to-date on the popular games and apps kids are using. Take advantage of the next few weeks to prepare a summer screen time plan, and enjoy the time off – inside and outside!

You can listen to more of my Summer Time Screen Time advice on the Digital Parent Podcast.

Denise Lisi DeRosa is an expert in online safety, digital citizenship and a frequent speaker on parenting in the digital age. Denise founded Cyber Sensible in 2015 to provide online safety and digital citizenship advice to families, parents, youth and schools. She focuses her discussions on practical ways to both manage and capitalize on technology with internet safety tips, tech life balance advice, and social media strategies for digital reputation management. 
Denise believes in the importance of digital literacy education for all. She is dedicated to empowering her clients with the tools needed to embrace digital technologies in meaningful, creative, and positive ways. Book a workshop with Cyber Sensible for your school, community or family. 
Cultural Competence Through Travel

Cultural Competence Through Travel

by Dr. Samantha, C. Sweeney, Founder, Culturally Competent Kids

I love, Love, LOVE to travel. It’s something that I don’t get to do nearly as often as I’d like (time constraints, work constraints, the necessity of paying bills), but when I can, I do. The nice thing is that we are not quite as constrained by children’s schedule’s as we used to be (I talked about my youngest’s awesome/disastrous recent nap – or lack thereof –  in the B is for Books post), so it’s a lot more fun to travel with my kids. And there are few things I love more than that wide-eyed expression when they discover something new and different. I still remember the first time we took my now 6-year-old to the beach. He was equal parts enamored and perplexed by this strange new substance: sand. It was so cute and fun to witness his confusion turned absolute delight. There are few things he loves more than digging and sand pours soooo much better than dirt.

I know that for multiple reasons traveling is difficult for families. But don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Yes, a far flung trip around the world sounds amazing (or nightmarish – take your pick), but do a little research and you can recreate many aspects of that vacation closer to home. There is probably more to explore in your backyard than you think. Almost all major cities have ethnic enclaves that you can spend an entire day exploring. That’s a travel experience in and of itself. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for festivals happening in your town. Go to a new restaurant. Options are everywhere.

​Are you able to take a trip with the kids? Go somewhere you hadn’t considered before. What’s on your travel bucket list (mine is about a mile long)? Are all of your destinations concentrated in one area, country, or continent? Branch out! Enjoy stretching yourself and bring your kids along for the ride.

​Where will you go next? What’s on your travel bucket list? What will you consider adding? Leave a comment below.

Strong Study Habits

Strong Study Habits

By Suzanne Burns, Learning Specialist, Congressional School

Imagine if your student no longer lost sleep over an upcoming test, or had more time to enjoy fun activities.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your child could enter the classroom knowing she is fully prepared for class?  Would you like her to finish projects ahead of time? If any of this sounds appealing to you…read on.  By taking a little time to learn some new study strategies, your child can become more successful in many areas of her schoolwork.

There are a variety of good study techniques and ways for students to become more organized.  Look at a variety of strategies, and work together with your child to decide which strategy works best. Working together allows for student buy-in, which is critical in order for any new study system to last.

If your student is forgetting to turn in her homework, you might want to take a look at the organization system that she is currently using.  Take a trip together to the store and look for pocket folders or binders that can help her to organize her papers more efficiently. Decide together what the new system will be and keep it simple. This might be a three-ring binder, a thirteen pocket accordion binder or individual color-coded folders for each class.  Younger students usually manage better with an accordion binder since assignments are contained in one place, are in the correct location, and can be successfully transported between home and school.

Establishing an assignment tracking system can help students stay on top of work that is due.  If the assignment notebook has not worked well, perhaps your student needs to try using just one piece of paper each day to record assignments.  Large sticky notes can also be useful. Have your student attach one large sticky note to the cover of a book, binder, or worksheet so she can quickly jot assignments down.  The most important part is to ensure the assignment is written on something that will make it home.

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Wedding Dresses and Private Schools

Wedding Dresses and Private Schools

by Avery Lawrence, Hipster EduBlogger

What’s got some DC area families so down this spring? Maybe it is the April showers or the high pollen count for some. For others is a bit of buyers remorse to the tune of +/- $30,000.

What did they remorsefully purchase for thirty large? A brand new 2017 Nissan PathfinderA dream wedding?? Nope, it’s private school buyers remorse!

Now the last car I bought was in 2011 and it was less than 30K. I don’t plan on purchasing a new one for 3-4 more years unless I have to. I’m not married yet (….Tim!!!), but most of us ladies only want to do it once. So it better be the best wedding ever… or the right color Pathfinder. In fact, a friend just had a wedding and she LOVED her dress from the first time she saw it up to the final fitting. Then she was looking through a catalog and found a dress she loved EVEN MORE…2 weeks after her wedding on the way home from her honeymoon. After that she was obsessed with buying that dress and redoing her wedding photos. Talk about buyers remorse!*

I’m hearing the same from friends and neighbors who recently committed to the private school lifestyle. But during the courting admission process they liked and followed all of the schools on social media to which they were applying. For some, choosing the schools they accepted was a tough decision. For others, not so tough. But now they see amazing things happening at those schools that are flowing through their social feeds: New buildings being erected. New programs being installed. Eye-catching videos. Kids laughing and learning. Sports teams winning championships. Etcetera.

Ugh!!! Did we choose the right school?

Yes, in most cases you chose the right school. When you are dating 4 men (maybe even all at once ;)) and then finally settle down with THE ONE of course those other guys start to look better (especially when they grow a manbun and manageable beard…just my thing…are you listening, Tim!?!).

In conclusion, be happy that you can afford private school and stop looking at Ex’s (schools that declined your kid and ones you declined) online!!

 

*She didn’t end up buying the dress, but it took a lot to convince her it was a bad idea.

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