Staff Post: Are Your Kids On Snapchat?

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

This was written by our fabulous (and popular!) educational consultant, Harsh. He works with students on everything from ACT and SAT test preparation to Chemistry, Physics and Calculus.  The announcement of the recent IPO of Snap, Inc.,  the company behind the immensely popular app Snapchat, has been hard to miss, especially here in Silicon Valley. The … Continue reading

New Year, New Semester, New Goals!

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Category: Back-to-School, NY Times articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Wellness

Happy 2017! We often look at the beginning of the new year as an opportunity for reflection and goal setting, we wanted to share some of our tips at Green Ivy for beginning the semester well. A recent article suggested that the key to success is ruthless self-examination (read: self-awareness) and goals and reflection are the … Continue reading

Inspiring Empathy and Resilience in Children

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Category: Parenting, Wellness

There is no way to keep children from experiencing some of the hurt feelings, disappointment, frustration or failure that are a part of natural life. In fact, research has repeatedly shown that doing so can actually cause harm. At the same time, there are many ways of inspiring empathy and resilience in children by supporting … Continue reading

How Sharing Family Narratives Raises Children’s Self-Esteem

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Category: NY Times articles, Parenting, Wellness

Many parents today put immense pressure to make sure that a family dinner happens every evening, and for good reason: family dinners have notable benefits, and children whose families eat together often benefit socially and emotionally. Family dinners are a great way to check in with family members (minus the smartphones) and share daily experiences. … Continue reading

Green Ivy’s Top Five Picks for Parental Control Apps

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology, Wellness

One of the biggest challenges of modern parenting today is monitoring and managing children’s screen time. Many households feel some level of tension around time spent behind a screen, whether it is concern over excessive hours spent on Instagram posts or online gaming. Parental control apps can be helpful in providing structure and safety. Some … Continue reading

Do You Think Your Kids Are Screenagers? A Movie Review of the Screenagers Film

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Category: Parenting, Technology, Teen Boys, Teen Girls, Teenagers, Teens and technology

 At Green Ivy, we’ve worked with students around the issues of time management and organization for nearly 15 years. Over the past decade, our advice around managing distractions and maximizing productivity has completely changed as we embrace the social media socialization that pervades pre-teen and teen culture today. Today’s students are trying to manage their … Continue reading

Five Ways to Encourage “Real” Reading in Teens, Even Resistant Readers

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Category: Education Articles, Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Teenagers

I came across an interesting article in Education Week which focuses on how teachers can get reading-resistant students authentically engaged in the reading process. ‘Authentic engagement’ essentially means motivating students in a way that inspires their intrinsic motivations to read, not just simply assigning texts and hoping for the best. The rules are simple: let … Continue reading

Great Ways to Prevent the So-Called “Summer Slide” in Learning (Including Green Ivy Workshops!)

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Category: Parenting, Setting Goals, Summer Plans, Wellness

Research varies on exactly how much knowledge students lose over the summer months, and in what subjects the deficits occur—it has been shown that students from all income levels lose math skills, while lower income students show a greater amount of reading comprehension loss than their middle and upper income peers—however, there is compelling evidence that using … Continue reading