Don't Miss the Bus is a thoughtful and practical guide that will appeal to today's busy parents. Mary Ann Smialek brings years of experience as a parent and teacher, to the book, as she shares methods and anecdotes from her own home and classroom. The "Stop Look Take Action " section at the end of each chapter gives anxious parents instant mini-lessons quick suggestions that are effective and easy. The book also features "4 Steps to Good Parenting," "Roadblocks to Motivation," "Homework Tips," "Test Taking Techniques," "Positive Home-School Partnerships," and "Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences." Don't Miss the Bus even teaches parents how to discipline children without the tears. Smialek advocates a win-win approach with a concise action plan to prevent problems before they happen and maintain dignity for both parents and kids. Don't Miss the Bus focuses on children's strengths rather than their weaknesses. The result is a happier, more knowledgeable and resilient parent-child-teacher relationship."