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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)

Father’s Day: 5 things you didn’t know you didn’t know about the holiday

Vox – Tanya Pai

“Father’s Day is upon us once again this Sunday, June 19, and while you’ve hopefully already bought dear old Dad a cool gadget or witty card to mark the occasion (and if you haven’t, stop reading this and go get one!), you may have some questions about the holiday. Do we have Hallmark to thank (or curse) for it? Which came first, Father’s Day or Mother’s Day? Read on for answers to those questions and more.”(more)

Fathers Have an Impressive Effect on Children’s Health

Med Scape – Lara C. Pullen, PhD

“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published an updated clinical report detailing the role pediatricians can play in supporting fathers as they care for their children. The report was published online June 13 in Pediatrics. The report, which is an update of a previous report published in May 2004, reviews new studies on the epidemiology of father involvement and describes the growing importance of the relationship between pediatricians and fathers. The evidence suggests that the way fathers speak and interact with their children can result in improved health outcomes for the children. Yet, despite this evidence, many fathers face old stereotypes that prevent them from playing this important role in the lives of their children.”(more)

Time management critical for success

News Herald – Juliann Talkington


“Learning to read, write, solve mathematics problems, apply scientific principles to real world situations, and speak a foreign language are not the only skills children need to acquire before they leave home.” ~Confucius

Many experts argue that time management abilities are equally important. Academically gifted people cannot survive in modern society if they are not able to deliver a high quality product, on time.

Most K-12 schools are struggling to teach time management skills, because parents are constantly pressuring them about grades. Many teachers are under so much pressure to issue high marks that they create extra opportunities for students to improve their final course grade.

Although “second chances” give the parents what they want, they have the unintended consequence of teaching kids that planning is irrelevant because there are always other opportunities to change the result.

When young people get to college and/or enter the workforce “second chances” are rare. Most college professors do not offer extra papers or problem sets at the end of the semester and employers take a dim view of late arrivals, shoddy work, and missed deadlines.

Since it has become impossible for most K-12 teachers to teach time management, parents must handle the task at home.

As a first step, kids need to learn how to plan ahead. There are many free computer-based scheduling applications that help in this area. Kids generally find it easy to enter homework day by day, but often need coaching on how to break future activities, like preparing for a test that is two weeks away, into daily tasks.

Then children need to learn how to make productive use of time. For example, it takes “forever” to finish math homework when kids chat online between problems. Learning to stay off social media during homework time can go a long way to improving efficiency.

Sleep is also important for time management. It takes less time to learn material and complete homework tasks when the brain is rested, so it is important to make sure your kids get enough sleep each night.

Multi-taking is not efficient. Teach your childred to finish one task before they begins another one.

Procrastination never pays. If something is due today, make sure it is finished. Otherwise, the next day will be overwhelming.

Prioritize homework first. This prevents late nights and productivity problems.

Learning to manage time is challenging. Start teaching your child early and reward progress often!