Book review: 151 WAYS To Help Your Child Have a Great day at School

Review by ANITA MATTHEWS

Published in Parenthots, The Star on July 26, 2010 as Handy tips for parents with schoolgoing kids

151 WAYS
To Help Your Child Have a Great day at School/ To Start the School Year off Right
By Robin McClure
Publisher: Sourcebooks
151 ways

Mother Robin McClure struck a chord when she came up with the 151 Ways series of books. Two landed on my desk – 151 Ways to Start the School Year off Right and 151 Ways to Help Your Child Have a Great day at School.

The wallet-sized books are packed with suggestions and ideas on what parents can do to prepare children for the school year and to send the children off to school with a happy and positive mindset. Both books may be a decade old but the ideas contained in them are very much current. The ideas are tried, tested and true from teachers and educators who have spent plenty of time with children of varying personalities.

151 ways

Any parent, employee or employer can relate to dealing with a myriad of personalities on a daily basis – it takes sheer skill to keep everything running like clockwork. But all that people management does get to even the saintliest of parents and it is a matter of time before we run of out ideas, hit a brick wall or are simply exhausted.

The ideas in these books are not in any specific order and one can simply thumb through the books at random; which was what I did.

A mother to two boys and a girl, McClure’s daily plate is stacked and she has to figure out how to keep the children mostly happy even on a bad hair day and ensure they have a good day or school term ahead of them.

The 151 ways listed in each book are largely practical tips on morning hygiene, healthy breakfast habits, getting the school bag sorted, books ready or activities listed out for the day, month or year. It also includes useful ways to keep youngsters occupied in the kitchen, garden, playground or on the computer. Other noteworthy tips such as noting down important phone numbers and not sharing personal information with strangers are vital knowledge we can equip our youngsters with as they start the school year.

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“The nominations we received were very polarized, and some clearly represented an expression of anger and frustration with other contending parties. This, we are afraid, diminishes the intent of the Internet poll and we are unable to put up a credible poll, ” she said in a statement.

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“It was a matter of focus. There are two mines to mill, and we had to make the difficult decision to channel resources to only one mine,” he said.
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“The negotiations are over and now the agreement is just awaiting approval from the Attorney General’s office,” said the source.

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The growing “silver surfer” population has also prompted big companies like IBM, Bell Atlantic, Intel and Microsoft to kick off volunteer programmes to help senior folk learn to use computer technologies. These programmes generally also include discount rates for the purchase of computer hardware and software.
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