We’ve all heard the old saying: “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait five minutes.” And no one understands that sentiment quite like a parent. Especially when it comes to indoor activities for your kids. Some days it can be simply too hot for outside summertime fun. Other days, too chilly. And more frequently? Rain. Not just a mild, cooling mist but torrential downpours. Lightning. Thunder. And the tornadoes Texans have learned far too well to endure. It’s always surprising to see how many parents confine activities for kids to the outdoors. It seems more often than not, parents are simply content to plop their kids in front of the TV or hand them an iPad and
Of all the problems students face in early education, there are few more pressing than improving focus. And it’s not hard to see why. In a world that is increasingly dictated by any number of distractions (with some of them being actually quite helpful), keeping a child's focus in school is challenging. Unfortunately, that same lack of focus can lead to some unsettling outcomes. It’s been estimated that students facing constant distraction regularly test an average of 18 percent lower on formalized test scores. But the effects can be damaging, both at a long term level as well as cumulatively. A recent study from the University of Washington indicates that children with problems focusing are also at risk of high
The road trip. Is there any better way to enjoy everything summer has to offer? Rolling down the highway. The fresh breeze whipping through your hair. Your favorite songs on the radio. Nothing between you and your destination except the winding, open road. Except gridlock. Detours. Delays. A lack of foreseeable pit stops for miles upon miles. And the inevitable refrain no one wants to hear on a trip: “Are we there yet?” If summertime traffic is a burden for you as a parent, just imagine what it’s like for your kids. You’re used to it by now. But they’re cooped up in the back seat. Rolling down the highway? More like stalling on the highway. That summer breeze is
When it comes to getting your kids ready for school in the morning, Murphy’s Law always seems to rear its head: Anything that can go wrong, typically will. Failed alarm clocks. No milk left in the fridge. Traffic. Meltdowns. Late or early school buses. And of course… “But I don’t want to wear that shirt!” If you can imagine it, it can (and likely will) happen to you as a parent. In fact, when it comes to establishing a morning routine for your kid, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Except, it doesn’t have to be. The need for structure is an innate part of human nature, and it’s no different whether you’re a kid or an adult. It’s more
Maybe your child is three years old. Maybe they’re nine. But chances are, they’ve mastered a refrain which turns out to be the bane of your nightly existence: “I don’t want to go to bed!”. Indeed, bedtime for kids doesn't get so much easier. Kids are, of course, seemingly inexhaustible balls of activity. Much like the Energizer Rabbit, they keep “going and going and going.” While they should have ideally gotten all that excess energy out of their systems during daytime activities and play, the fact is that children simply don’t wear out as easily as we wish. They’re still developing their own internal rhythms and their own biological clocks. And each clock unfortunately runs at its own pace. But
Whether it’s the television, computer or mobile devices, screen time is inevitable in the lives of modern children. Kids today no longer spend the majority of their free time playing outside, running freely and enjoying the outdoors. They’d rather stay indoors and spend hours in front of TV screens, iPads and smartphones. While screen time isn’t entirely a bad thing, considering that there are helpful educational apps and programs, too much screen time can be detrimental to their overall growth and development. When young children get hooked on electronic devices, it can lead to irreversible damage to their developing brains. This is why too much screen time is strongly discouraged. So how do you manage screen time among kids? Monitor your child’s
We all know about the dilemma of raising kids. Especially when it comes to a generation in which there are more distractions available than any other given time. And there’s no doubt that sometimes it’s almost too convenient for you to rely on outside distractions to occupy your kids. But have you ever stopped to think of the impact distractions actually have on your children? You may have heard any number of terms used to describe today’s tweens. Lazy. Selfish. Entitled. Tech-addicted. Irresponsible. No parent wants to be considered a culprit in this trend—particularly if it’s not in the least bit rooted in truth. It’s a peculiar habit of naysayers to only look at part of any given phenomenon with
You’re familiar with the scenario. You’re seated onboard a plane, or in a supermarket checkout line. You hear the tell tale signs begin to start. The whimpering. The heavy panting. The sobbing. Then it begins. Within no time, the wailing pierces your eardrums and simply does not seem to stop. You know there’s nothing you can do because… well, it’s a toddler. And nothing can placate a screaming toddlers’ tantrums. You’re just glad it’s not your child. Except it is. How to Manage and Discipline Kids Who Ignore Consequences? Temper tantrums are an inevitable fact of every parent’s life, and an unpleasant one at that. It’s not just the sense of public embarrassment. In fact, far from it. It’s the
Parenting skills aren’t always easy to define. They don’t come with an instruction manual. They rarely fit nicely into any sort of uniform pattern. And they can differ wildly depending on both your own temperament—and your own values. So how could you learn how to be a good parent?
It’s the goal of every parent to nurture and develop their children into positive, well adjusted and healthy adults capable of both wonder and creativity. And for many of us, those same values have been passed on from generation to generation. But what is positive parenting? How is it different from the parenting tips that most parents know?