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Summer Reading Tips To Prevent ‘Summer Brain Drain’

The Huffington Post – Stephanie Dua and Keith Meacham

“Summer’s here, and even though school is out, experts recommend that even the youngest children should practice their reading every day. According to the National Summer Learning Association, many children lose ground over the summer. The research shows that low-income students are at particular risk. While gaps in student achievement remain relatively constant during the school year between low and middle income students, those gaps widen significantly during the summer. Some children lose two-to-three months in reading. As moms, educators and the creators of Learn With Homer, the #1 Learn to Read program, we spend our days thinking about how to make literacy learning fun and effective for young children. Here we’d like to offer a few simple tips to keep kids learning even in these lazy days of summer:”(more)

4 things teens really need from their parents

Mother Nature Network – Joanna Nesbit

“During the teen years, as activities and academics ramp up, parents and teens get so busy they become proverbial ships passing in the dining room. Dinners become fragmentmented and communication only occurs on the fly — and at a time when teens need the connection with their parents most. Of course, this is also the time teens are pushing the hardest for more independence and space. It’s not an easy time for anyone. During the teen years, kids are at greater risk for depression and anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is the most common mental health disorder among teens and adults, and 10 to 15 percent of teens have symptoms of depression at any given time.”(more)

Tips to prevent kids from getting car sick

The Journal Times – Staff Writer

“Packing up the kids for a road trip can be difficult. Making sure they are stocked with things to do to keep them occupied can be a tough battle on its own. If car sickness, a common type of motion sickness, is thrown into the equation, road trips can be even more of a struggle. “Car sickness occurs when the brain receives mismatching information from the ears, eyes and nerves in the extremities,” says Jodi Breska, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System. “The results of this sensation are upset stomach, fatigue and, of course, vomiting.” Breska says this experience is fairly common for children ages 2 to 12.”(more)

Ditching the phone to catch up on conversation — why it’s important

The Miami Herald – Laurie Futterman

“Conversation stimulates, excites, and enables us to rise above ourselves. When we share ideas, when we press an argument, our minds are strengthened and stimulated. I have been lucky to have had amazing conversations with good company. And in those moments, time seems to stand still — it’s is just them, me and the journey. There is much to learn from a great conversation. My mom was the first person to show me this. No matter what she was doing, she always welcomed my 6-year old dialogue. And from those moments, I realized how lovely it was — to have someone who was interested in hearing my stories and in sharing theirs.”(more)

What type of parent are you?

The Strait Times – Rebecca English

“What’s the best way to raise your child? It’s a question that has spawned numerous books, and seen authors race to coin the next quirky name for a new style of parenting. And it turns out there are many styles. To date, some of the best-known categories are: .”(more)

Ten Summer Child Safety Tips

Child Trends – Natalia Pane, M.B.A., M.A.

“It’s that time again, time for the release of everyone’s summer safety tips. Here at Child Trends, our safety tips are based on—what else?—data! First, your suspicion is correct: June, July, and August are more dangerous for children than other months , at least if we use deadly unintentional injuries as the measure (see graph). Nearly one-third of all fatal child injuries occur during these three months…Given what we know are the most common fatal injuries, here are our tips for keeping the summer safe.”(more)