How to Pause the Internet

(Sponsored Post) Parents have always played catch-up to their children’s technology use. As a parent of four sons ages 13-21, I feel this struggle more than ever. The iPhone was brand new technology when my oldest son entered seventh grade, but by the time my youngest got to middle school, most of his friends had smart phones. Our family rules became obsolete … [Read More...]

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For Food Allergies, a Halloween Appeal: Go Teal!

From classroom parties and Trunk-or-Treats to ghosts and goblins knocking on your door, Halloween puts snacking front and center. But for youngsters on restricted diets, the holiday’s focus on foods they can’t eat puts a big damper on trick-or-treat fun. One in 13 U.S. children has a food allergy. That’s about two kids per classroom. For many, just touching … [Read More...]


Tips You Need to Keep Kids Safe Online

Keeping your kids safe in the age of continuous internet access and social media is tougher than ever these days. My wife and I work in information security, but even we struggle to keep up with evolving technology, so staying safe online is a frequent dinner topic in our family. With new websites and apps coming out every day, it's easy to see how parents can feel … [Read More...]


Is Your Child’s School Healthy?

As a parent, there are many factors to consider when assessing your child’s school…teacher/student ratio, curriculum, facilities, location and more. These are all undoubtedly critical components to a quality education, but have you considered whether your child’s school is a healthy school? What does it mean to be a healthy school? Take a look at my … [Read More...]


How to Protect Your Child from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

To commemorate Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month, National PTA has invited Michele Snyder, executive director of Parent Heart Watch, to share how you can protect your child and raise awareness.  I was recently interviewed by The Today Show and was asked if there were any positives that have come out of the loss of my 17-year old daughter Jenny to sudden … [Read More...]

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The Journey to Becoming a School of Excellence!

When a school and its PTA make a joint decision to become a National PTA School of Excellence, they are making a commitment to work together as a team to build effective family-school partnerships in their school community. There are three important steps on the journey to becoming a School of Excellence. Step 1. Enroll Step 2. Complete the family … [Read More...]