Author: Parent Cue

6 Things To Watch For In the Middle School Home Stretch

Congratulations! You’re officially in the “home stretch” of middle school! After surviving seventh grade, you might be thinking, “Praise the Lord! The end of the tunnel is in sight and middle school is almost over.” But don’t rush past this year too quickly. Eighth grade may be the very best year yet. Something incredible happens as your kid rounds the corner from seventh to eighth grade. Uncertainty becomes confidence. “I need you” becomes, “I’ve got this.” And with a much stronger sense of self, your kid begins moving from “what is” to “what could be.” Sure, eye rolls, huffing...

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The Grunt and the Gurgle: How Boys and Girls are Different

Have you noticed yet that parenting a boy is very different than parenting a girl? Turns out that they’re wired differently, from birth. And one of the ways they are different is in the way they communicate. From birth, both boys and girls like to grunt and gurgle. The difference is that girls prefer people to interact with while boys are equally happy to chatter away at abstract geometric designs. The male brain is wired for activity while the female brain is biased towards a relationship. One study involving 2-4 day old babies showed that baby boys spent 50% less...

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What’s So Magical About the Fourth Grade?

There’s something magical about the fourth grade. Okay, maybe magical isn’t the right word. But I simply can’t find another word to sum up the incomprehensible value of this phase. Early in my career, I remember having a conversation with Bobb Biehl that really solidified my belief in the importance of the fourth grade. Bobb was the president of a master-planning group. He had never worked with children. Instead, he worked with executives and CEOs. The first time Bobb and I sat down to have a conversation about business and leadership, he began with this question: “Can you tell...

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How to Parent Better in This Phase—Starting Now!

Whether it simply lurks at the back of your mind during infrequent moments of insecurity or it keeps you up at night, you probably worry at times that you don’t measure up as a parent. You see social media posts from peers and experts that are “killing it,” and you silently wonder when (or if) you’ll ever reach that level of confidence. You’re also reminded daily that your family counts on you. You want to do better, lead better, and be better for them, and for yourself. You know that time is passing quickly, and that your kids are...

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