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Punam V. Saxena

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edu-Me is bridging the gap between parents and schools. We will discuss everything from how to volunteer to what you need to know about your child's high school years to surviving the holidays. Our goal is to empower you to become a well-versed partner in your schools. Each episode will help us work together to educate them better. Join us every other week for an exciting new episode!
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Often we forget to recognize our teachers, especially in middle and high school. They work long hours grading, planning, and providing academic and emotional support. They also do not receive the compensation they deserve. So, we need to ensure they feel validated and appreciated for their dedication to our children. In this edu-sode we discuss fiv…
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The end of the grading period is upon us. It's only one more but important round of tests, but your child is burnt out and unmotivated. They just can't muster up the energy to keep going. What you need is to help them with that last push to get to the finish line. Like the last 0.2 miles of a marathon which seems like the first 26 miles for most. (…
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And we're back. The holidays are here and the madness will soon begin. This year, though, can be different. In this edu-sode, we share how to make the holidays less stressful, more productive, and enjoyable for everyone, including you. We provide strategies for organization and delegating tasks that can alleviate a lot of the overwhelming feelings …
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It is inevitable that our children will behave in a way that either needs to be rewarded or corrected. That's just the nature of growing and learning. But how we react and handle it is entirely in our control. In this edu-sode we discuss how to reward your child for good behavior, their hard work, or just because that encourages creating memories w…
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Finding good study habits can be difficult for your child. Each child learns differently and in various circumstances. And while in the classroom, teachers are limited in their ability to reach every student's learning styles, parents can provide opportunities for their child to learn best at home. By identifying the best ways your child learns, yo…
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Many children are bullied at some point during their school years. Let's face it, even as adults, we face them. There are strategies that we can use to help our children manage bullies in school by asking our children what is being said or the actions that are hurtful. Early communication with the teacher and administrator is critical to stopping t…
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School curriculum is designed to reach the maximum number of students in a classroom. However, what about those children who are at the extreme ends of the spectrum? The child who is struggling to grasp a concept or the one who grasps it so easily that they are left with lots of idle time. These students may need additional support services within …
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What is the best way to communicate with your child's school? In the last edu-Sode, we discussed various ways to communicate. We all realize that this is the key to enhancing student success. This week, we are specifically discussing an app designed to facilitate teacher/parent conversation. Melissa Lucero-Admasu from Klassroom joins us to share th…
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Communication is the best way to ensure that our children are receiving the support they need from their team of teachers, parents, and administrators. But how do we do it effectively? Who should be at the 'table' to discuss a particular instance or issue? In this edu-sode, we discuss how parents have a crucial role in communication as their child …
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Orientation or Open House is just around the corner. It's an exciting yet overwhelming time of the year. What is your routine with your child? Do you stay back and get caught up on tasks? Do you send your child alone? Do you know what's expected of your child for the year? Adam Lane, Principal at Haines City High School, Florida and Florida Princip…
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My heart is heavy with sadness and anger this week. I cannot get these mass shootings out of my mind. It's been all-consuming and inconceivable that we are unwilling to have a conversation to find a way to save people. I'm all for your 2nd Amendment Rights. I'm not ok with these assault rifles being used to kill anyone, especially those elderly gro…
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Let's face it. Teachers are the most underappreciated group of professionals in our country. They are continuously scrutinized, overworked, and bombarded from all sides. Yet, they are the most resilient, caring, and empathetic people who deeply care about the future of our society. So, as the mass exodus of teachers is occurring nationwide, how do …
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Parents have learned a lot about how to best meet their children's educational needs over the past few years. What is the best environment. What is the best time of day for maximizing comprehension. What are the resources that best equip their child. Regardless of what type of school your child is in, there are more options today than ever. Brent G…
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So often we look at a child who is misbehaving and immediately think, "Wow, they need some help, maybe even medication." Or, "Surely they know better." It's an unfortunate part of how we make assumptions about people and their actions. Dr. Hokehe Eko, a Board Certified Pediatrician and Holistic ADHD Consultant, joins us this week to discuss how we …
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In light of the recent anti-LGBTQ bills in states throughout the country, it seems only appropriate to have an encore presentation of Indi's journey. My son, India, was always quiet, shy, but highly accomplished. He is kind. He is compassionate. He is a hard worker. He is a good friend to all. He is gay. His attributes make him a productive member …
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It sounds overwhelming to expect our children to thrive and excel in schools right now. Even though the world seems to be getting back to some normalcy, our children are still reeling from the aftermath of two years of uncertainty, hybrid classrooms, and the mental toll it has taken on them. But parents have the opportunity to help them navigate th…
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We all have an opinion on what we would like to change in our education system. Things that would simplify the process and increase student productivity and success. This episode focuses on Punam's strategies for improving the US education system. Excerpted from a recent article in Authority Magazine, she breaks out five (5) important areas that, i…
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Teachers are our teammates. They go to school each day with the motivation to impart knowledge to our children. They work long hours teaching, grading, understanding curricula, and helping guide our children. Ryan Pelkey, teacher extraordinaire, joins us for this episode to share how he has created a team approach to education. As the Athletic Dire…
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Trigger episode. The temperature is rising, again. The discussion of banning books is back in the spotlight and it seems the conversation is hitting its peak. This episode discusses the negative impact of banning books on our children's understanding of the world, the empathy they need to have to create relationships, and the importance of parent e…
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If you've never heard of tapping, then Dr. Nall is about to enlighten you. She holds degrees in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and math education but has found her passion in tapping and has been tapping for years. In our interview, she shares the impact this technique has on our body and mind. Tapping, also called Emotional Freedom Tec…
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Let's face it: the last 2 years have been challenging and we feel like we are floating in the ocean trying to find our North Star. In the first episode of the year, I share several updates and thoughts to a mentally strong year ahead. I share the reason I've been MIA for the past few months. (Hint: It's BIG!) And the link is here. Humbly ask each o…
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CRT has been a hot-button topic the past year, especially since the death of George Floyd. But what is it? Why is so controversial? In my research, I learned that CRT is a legal term that studies the implementation of systems related to race and how we adjust and adapt to them. Unfortunately, it has morphed into a political battleground for the div…
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Is loving math an oxymoron for you? It is for so many of us, including, at times, me. But Allison Dillard and Nicole Thompson are in the studio this week to discuss how math is not only a skill but a mindset for how we teach our children about life. In their new journal, the Love Math Journal, they share practical affirmations, prompts, and affirma…
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Dr. Michele Borba, the author of the newly released book, Thrivers, joins us this week to discuss how parents can change the trajectory of their child's academic success by identifying strategies within 7 characteristics she discusses. These characteristics include: Self-Confidence Empathy Self-Control Integrity Curiosity Perseverance Optimism Whil…
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I'm sure you've been on the edge of your seat wondering how edu-Me started. :) During a walk with my SIL this summer, I shared the personal story that started this journey. She insisted that it was time to tell it. This episode tells the story of my childhood, the academic hill I had to cross, and what eventually led me on this path of wanting a st…
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In October 2019, my son, India, shared this...'Mom and Dad, I'm gay.' So many emotions of happiness, relief, and thankfulness. On some level, my husband and I always knew but to hear him say it, be ok with it, and deciding to live his life true to himself was an epiphany not only for himself but for us as well. This episode is our conversation in J…
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Which are you? Are you an introvert in some situations and an extrovert in others? My belief is, yes, we weave in and out of these personality types depending on the situation. Tracy Guillet, owner and founder of Parenting your Introverted Teen, joins us this week to discuss the differences between extroverts and introverts, how each functions, and…
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Many of us are ultra-competitive. We want to win at all costs. We want our children to be successful in every sport they play. Well, let's face it...that's not reality. Heath Eslinger, the founder of A Better Way Athletics, join us this week to discuss how we can best prep our child and ourselves for managing sports and life. By providing opportuni…
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Summer brings a whole new opportunity to relax, unwind, and spend time with the children being home. It can also be financially challenging if we haven't planned our children's camps, vacations, and any other activities we may want to do during this time. How do we do this? What are some strategies that can help us? Janice Scholl, the podcast host …
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The first 2 minutes of this episode is me trying to connect with my guest, Elyse Wagner. Join the fun as I try to navigate technology! But our episode is actually about summertime and food. The children are home. The 24-hour diner at your house is open. They want to eat food that is easy to grab without a lot of fuss. And you want them to eat healt…
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With graduation upon us, there are many emotions parents are feeling. The excitement of making it to the finish line. The overwhelming number of graduation activities, and, if your child is leaving the house, the uncertainty of what the future holds. In this episode, I share an excerpt about empty-nesting from my brand new book, Parent Power: Navig…
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I'm so excited to share that my first book is releasing TODAY!! Parent Power: Navigate School and Beyond is a journey through parenthood of my experiences, lessons, and challenges of raising 4 children. As an educator and parent, I learned many strategies along the way and this book allows you to take our daily activities, gain some perspective, an…
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Teachers and administrators are the true backbones of our education system. Each day they head to work to impart knowledge, create a safe environment, and motivate their students. It takes heart and passion to teach. And a positive work environment creates a sense of belonging and desire to invest in student success. In this episode, we have the di…
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We are rounding the corner on the most unusual school year in our lifetime. It's been a yo-yo as to whether our children are in school full-time/part-time/or virtual. Yet, the one thing we know well is that we, the parent, need to partner with our teachers and administrators more than ever. Kerry Graham, a high school English teacher, joins us this…
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The end of the school year is around the corner and we have all become accustomed to this new normal. In this episode, we speak with Jibin Park who shares how teachers have navigated the year, how his students have adjusted, and how they have mostly kept on their academic track through this most unusual year. You'll enjoy the honest conversation we…
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So many times, we only look at our differences. Our skin color, our physical limitations, our academic challenges, and we make judgments based on them. And then, we 'pigeon-hole' them into what we believe they should be. Dr. Bibinaz Pirayesh, educational therapist and founder of The Learning Tree, joins us this week to discuss how we can embrace ou…
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Many of us did not grow up with social media yet it has overtaken our lives as well as our children's. Between phones, iPads, computers, and video games, we have an addiction that many of us are victims of. But what are these devices doing to our children's behavior, social skills, and brain development? Larissa Mills joins us in the studio this we…
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As we continue our series on bullying, Berthine Crevecoeur West joins us this week to discuss how she has created a business of educating business and children about cultural competence. Berthine was born in the US but her family hails from Haiti. Her first language is French and she learned English when she started school. Not understanding she wa…
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Dwarfism is a genetic or medical condition that allows a person to be short in stature. We may look at these individuals and see them as different, treat them differently. Christophe Zajac-Denek, host of the podcast I'm Kinda a Big Deal, joins us in the studio this week to discuss his life as a dwarf and how he has overcome multiple surgeries to be…
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The past year has been difficult for everyone. The constant fluidity in our lives, concern for family members, and trying to maintain some type of normalcy have all been challenging. But if you are an Asian American, you are facing intense scrutiny, bullying, and crimes. Unfortunately, the backlash against Asian American Pacific Islanders has risen…
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We never want to see our children suffer. It hurts us to the core because we want our child's life to be pain-free, perfect, happy. But when they face medical challenges, it is heartbreaking and devastating. When Em was 3.5 years, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma and was given a short time to live. Fast forward, she is now 14 years old…
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Have you ever wondered how parents of children with special needs manage everything? The day to day tasks can be overwhelming, challenging, and exhausting. Effie Parks from Once Upon a Gene joins us in the studio this week to share her positive, hopeful, and energetic outlook on life with her son, Ford. Her message is that it is your choice how you…
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Sounds like a crazy busy life to juggle with so many responsibilities. We all are super busy doing so many tasks, it begs the question, "How do we have time for anything for ourselves?". This week Tiffany Hwang joins us in the studio to discuss how she, the mother of14:14 two young children, holds a full-time job, and a podcast host (TITT Talks), m…
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Anyone else out there great at giving advice but not taking it? No? So, it's just me. OK. For so many years, I was told to take care of myself when my children were young. Take time to do some just for me. To step back and take a breath so I could enjoy the time with my children. But did I listen?? Nope. I thought I knew better. Much later, when th…
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We have extremely busy schedules and it's hard to fit everything in. How many times do you think 'We need to do that', but it never happens? Reading is an important part of our children's education, but we also need to devote time to it. Children's reading doesn't just 'happen' overnight. We have to teach them, help them, and it requires lots of pa…
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Testing season seems to never end. The SAT/ACT are given more times a year than ever and it can be overwhelming to guide your children. As parents, we are trying to optimize our child's 'performance' on the test so they can apply to colleges. It is an exhausting time for everyone in the family. Creating a schedule, ensuring that your child is effic…
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We all have busy schedules. Our days are filled with lots of multi-tasking at work and home. And throw in a pandemic, and we have now have elevated our level of the number of tasks and stress. There are ways to help decrease our anxiety levels and stay sane in the process. Keeping on this topic for the month, my friend Jerry Won joins us in the stu…
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This is a very heavy episode for me. I'm still in shock and dismay at the events of this past week. Watching the events at the Capitol were unbelievably scary and unnerving. However, the whole time I was watching, I kept asking myself, 'What do we say to our children? How do we explain this to them?' In this bonus episode, I share 3 points that I h…
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Happy New Year! We all have survived 2020. It presented with unknowns, constant juggling of our schedules, and trying to find our sanity in the process. Thankfully, 2021 has arrived and it's time to look ahead to a less stressful, chaotic year (hopefully!). Along with a new year, we tend to also want to become a better version of ourselves. So, thi…
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This is the last episode for 2020 and we wanted to end it on a high note. There are some good things that happened this year. I share, in this episode, the best thing that's happened for my family. If you know anyone with hearing loss, you understand how challenging it can be for them and everyone they are around. The simple, daily task of having a…
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