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Mom gets an F for micromanaging son’s homework

Q: My 14-year-old son started high school this year and immediately fell into his old bad habits. He’s intelligent and capable of making consistently excellent grades, but he often does less than he’s capable of. He also tends to wait until the last minute before he begins something like a book report. I’m on the...

How to raise kids who don’t feel entitled

Advice from Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of “The ‘Me, Me, Me’ Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World”

Philip Kaifer works with University of Miami iD Tech campers Tomas Ibarra, 14, his brother, Daniel Ibarra,
13, and Maria Victoria Elena, 15, on robotics engineering and programming with VEX.

Computer games become a teaching tool

Educators increasingly see digital games as a language that many students seem to intuitively understand, so they’re trying to use that language to make playing facilitate learning.

Megan O’Hearn and her daughter, Hailey, 11, talk about the pressure students feel with their schoolwork, in Worcester, Mass. (Christine Hochkeppel / Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP

Stress less: Counselors, mindfulness exercises, even Fido can help students

Jada Hickerson's day begins at 5:30 a.m. and typically doesn't end until midnight. And even that schedule leaves barely enough time for school, homework and her job at a local fast food restaurant. "It's stressful," says the 17-year-old, a senior at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Mass. "It's too much." Hickerson's opinion is shared...