From Blog to Book

It’s been a while.

And although I haven’t been blogging these past few months, I have been busy writing every day. Writing my book – The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5.  It’s the book I couldn’t find when my oldest started kindergarten 11 years ago.

The Parent Back Pack - by ML NicholsI’m excited to announce that Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Crown/Random House, will publish The Parent Backpack on
July 23, 2013 – just in time for back-to-school this coming fall. Next week, I take one last look at the final pages and then it’s off to the printer.

Whether you’re already a parent of elementary age kids or you’re  thinking ahead to your child’s Kindergarten days, The Parent Backpack helps moms and dads in two ways. It demystifies our daunting education system and shows you how to get involved in your child’s education in productive ways.

Fourteen chapters touch on just about every topic related to learning and education. Besides understanding the system and what to expect along your child’s six year elementary journey, readers will come away from the book knowing how to

-       Connect with teachers in respectful ways

-       Turn a hesitant or non-reader into a reader

-       Avoid homework meltdowns

-       Distinguish between learning and achieving

-       Support a child who needs more

-       Identify and manage bullying situations

-       Fuel kids’ minds and bodies so they can thrive, and more.

If you devoured parenting books when your kids were little and now find your nightstand empty – with no trusted resource to guide you through these emotional and overwhelming years – this book will help you. Full of real stories and tested strategies,it’s a valuable resource for families who want to make sure their kids get the best education possible. If you’d like to pre-order a copy now, click here.

Screen Shot 2013-03-11 at 9.35.36 PMMy soon-to-be-published book also required a new and improved website for The Parent Backpack. I hope you like it and find it easy to navigate. My blog posts can now be found on a post-it note called “Musings” and I’ll continue to post them once a week. If you’re not already on the email list, you can sign up here.

But lets get back to school and your child’s education. I know many of you are heading to spring parent-teacher conferences this month. Click here for help with strategies and questions for your child’s parent-teacher meeting. For families struggling with tough teachers, here’s a link to help you navigate those tricky waters. Is kindergarten on your mind? Help your five-year-old begin the transition.

Looking ahead, future musings this month include, “Avoiding Homework Meltdowns,” “Are schools biased toward girls?” and “Where did all the parent volunteers go?”

It’s good to be back.

 

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