In our daytime work as tutors, educational specialists, and parenting coaches, we often have to decide when to intervene in a student's challenges and when to let him/her work it out alone. This challenge is all the harder when we face the same question at home and are wearing our parental hat. From that dual perspective, we offer parenting advice on the problem of when to step in. read more
A personal reflection by Tracy Mayor in The Times’ “Motherlode” blog addresses the complex pain of her son’s college admission rejection. We had a strong reaction as she described her own emotions and involvement in the process. We come away feeling that, as parents, we must disentangle our own hopes and dreams from our children’s, especially as they prepare to fly on their own.
The business of raising children in New York City is complicated, stressful, and -- let's face it -- competitive. At PwP, our staff is often going through the challenges of city parenting along side our clients. As both parents and educational specialists, we hope we can bring a useful perspective to bear. Among other things, we urge parents to take time often to reflect actively on the traits and beliefs that they are passing on to their children with regard to their integrity, health, career, marriage, and their own parents. read more
One of the often overlooked keys to educational success is the ability of parents to keep on top of their students' ongoing needs and successes. Good communication with teachers can be critical but can also be a challenge in busy, competitive environments, like Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the rest of New York City. The following is parenting advice for those who want to optimize their experience at school conferences. read more
Particularly in the hothouse environment of NY education, parents often struggle to find ways to support their children's academic success. These tips from our professional tutors aim to help parents optimize their students' encounters with school work. These aren't tips about short-term gains but about progressive parenting strategies that encourages good long-term learning habits and study skills. read more