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3 Productive Ways Your Kids Can Spend Their Time This Summer

Friday, May 11th, 2018

It’s important to make sure kids are engaged and productive even during the summer!

As we come closer to the end of the academic year, parents are already beginning to think about how to keep their children busy this summer. It’s great that kids get a break from their academics and you can have some more quality time spent together, but it’s also important that kids stay busy during the couple of months they have off. Beyond just staying busy, parents strive for their children to grow, learn, and spend their time productively rather than just simply being entertained. If you’re at a loss for some productive activities to keep your kids busy this summer, here are a few suggestions.


How Does Poverty Impact a Child’s Educational Development?

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Growing up in poverty can having lasting impacts on a child’s educational development.

Sometimes it’s easier to think that all Americans have equal opportunity—that as long as you have that good ol’ fashioned grit, you can lift yourself up by the bootstraps and get where you want to be. That may be true on some level, but it’s also the case that some are born into a disadvantageous situation. For those who grow up in poverty, there are a number of ways it can impact their educational development that could have lasting impacts on their adult lives.


What Should You Ask During Parent-Teacher Conferences?

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Parents have to be active participants in their children’s education and that includes attending parent-teacher conferences.

As we’re getting back into the full swing of school and most kids are really getting into their second semester, it’s time to start thinking about academic performance. You may have already set up meetings with your child’s educators, or are thinking about doing so, or the school might have a conference system in place—no matter what the case is, you want to arm yourself with the right questions. Parents are an essential part of their child’s academic success so it’s imperative that you enter the conversation prepared.


Tips for Parents to Help Their Struggling Readers

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Literacy is an essential skill so it’s important that parents know how to help their children if they are struggling.

Literacy is one of the most important skills to have these days, as being a competent reader not only helps in one’s academic career but also in their future professional lives. It’s an essential skill in becoming an independent person so it’s no wonder that some parents start to worry once their children have some difficulties with reading. That said, it’s important to approach it with a level-head, utilize the resources available to you, and take these tips to heart when trying to assist your child with bettering their literacy.


What Common Illnesses Keep Children From Going to School?

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Missing school due to illnesses is never fun. What kinds of sicknesses might be keeping kids home?

We’re still in the midst of sick season—you may notice your coworkers coughing more or your friends complaining about sore throats. It can be obnoxious for us adults to deal with all of the kinds of sicknesses that are common around this time of year, but what can be even more difficult is when children become sick. Some kinds of illnesses can keep children out of school, putting their academic performance at risk. Let’s take a look at some common illnesses that can make school attendance an issue.


How Can Parents Prepare for Missed School Days?

Friday, January 19th, 2018

School absences due to illness aren’t just a struggle for children but parents as well.

Deciding that your child must stay home due to an illness can be a difficult decision for many parents. Sometimes, we feel as though we have no one to watch our child and that we can’t afford to take time off from work ourselves. Plus, you don’t want your child to get behind in their academics. Nonetheless, the need for your child to stay home from school while sick will come up sometime or another and there are a few ways parents can prepare for this inevitability.


Getting Back to School: What to Do Once You’re Sick

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Starting to get a cold? Here’s what you can do to get better and get back to school or work.

It’s cold season and we all know what that means: missing an unfortunate amount of school thanks to coughing, sneezing, and painful headaches. We’ve previously covered how to avoid getting sick at all, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones who came down with a nasty cold anyway, it’s time to do all you can to recover. Let’s take a look at how you can get back into school or the workplace and be productive once again.


Tips for Keeping School Attendance Up and Your Child Healthy: Part 1

Friday, December 8th, 2017
School Attendance

Staying healthy is always important but especially so when it can impact school attendance.

Winter brings along a few great things: you can be bundled up with your family for the holidays, exchanging gifts and laughter, and for a lot of people it’s truly a magical time. That being said, there’s a reason winter can be difficult for parents in particular. Winter brings along with it coughs, sneezes, sniffles, and trips to the doctor—all of which keep their child out of classes and brings down their overall school attendance, which can have a huge impact on their academic performance. Let’s take a look at some tips from us here at My Brother’s Keeper for staying healthy and keeping school attendance in mind this winter.


Tips for Writing a Resume

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Crafting the perfect resume could give you the edge you need to get a new job.

We realize how important a resume is in this day and age. More often than not, it’s an employer’s first impression of you and can make or break their decision to hire you. If you haven’t had very much work experience or are simply worried that your resume isn’t up to snuff, we’re here to help. Searching for meaningful employment is difficult enough, but if you’re willing to take the steps to get the right resume, you may just find the job you’re looking for.


How Housing Policy Impacts School Policy

Friday, September 8th, 2017
School Policy

School policy is a big deal, but housing issues have a greater impact than we may realize.

Recently, The Baltimore Sun published an op-ed written by Nancy Newman regarding housing policy and its inherent ties to school policy. In it, Newman points out that “stable, affordable housing is critical for the future of our city’s children so that they can reach their children.” As much as we may place an emphasis on school policy, we won’t see major improvements in the education of our children if those policies are being bottlenecked by housing issues. For us at My Brother’s Keeper, this is an important concern and we believe Nancy Newman raises some important points.


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