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Why keeping parents and kids connected in the early years is critical

E-School News – Chelsey Rodgers

“In more than 60 percent of all two-parent households, both parents work, and in nearly all of these households, at least one parent is employed. This means that the vast majority of parents in our country experience regular and prolonged periods of time away from their children. Since parental involvement is one of the most influential factors in students’ academic success, the question then becomes how to help working parents stay abreast of what their child does when they are apart.”(more)

For baby’s brain to benefit, read the right books at the right time

Medical X-Press – Lisa S. Scott

“Parents often receive books at pediatric checkups via programs like Reach Out and Read and hear from a variety of health professionals and educators that reading to their kids is critical for supporting development. The pro-reading message is getting through to parents, who recognize that it’s an important habit. A summary report by Child Trends, for instance, suggests 55 percent of three- to five-year-old children were read to every day in 2007. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 83 percent of three- to five-year-old children were read to three or more times per week by a family member in 2012.”(more)

Should you help your child with their homework?

The Telegraph – Violet Lambert

“Rare is the school project that hasn’t seen a little parental input. Whether supplying a few facts on a history report, sharpening the pencils for a portfolio of art, or building a perfectly scaled-down working copy of the Mars Exploration Rover from recycled almond milk cartons while your child mooches about on social media, we’ve all been there. But how much good are you doing your child by helping with school projects, or indeed, any kind of homework? Is it best to let youngsters get on with it alone or should you sit on their shoulder, chipping in as necessary?.”(more)

Magid: What parents need to know about Facebook Messenger Kids

The Mercury News – Larry Magid

“In 2011, Consumer Reports released research saying that 7.5 million children under 13 were using Facebook in violation of the company’s terms of service that require all users to be 13 or older. Later that year, a research team led by danah boyd (she spells her name all lowercase) found that 95 percent of the parents whose 10-year-olds were on Facebook knew about it, and 78 percent of them helped their kids sign up. I haven’t seen recent research showing how many pre-teens are using Instagram, Snapcat, Facebook Messenger, Kik and other apps aimed at teens and adults, but I suspect the numbers are into the millions.”(more)

How to help your child choose the right career, without being overbearing

Gulf News Thinkers – Elisabeth Leamy

“Alisa Weinstein didn’t expect to start talking to her daughter about potential careers when Mia was only four years old. But when the opening presented itself, Weinstein took it. They were at Target, and Mia was begging for yet another tube of sparkly pink lip gloss. “Get a job and pay for it yourself,” Weinstein told her daughter, joking. Saying those words, though, gave her an idea. “That’s what one would call a ‘light bulb moment’. I’m 99 per cent sure I actually slapped my forehead.” Weinstein, who lives in Potomac, Maryland, went home and scribbled her idea on a sticky note: Instead of paying her daughter an allowance to do chores around the house, she would pay her to test-drive real careers. “Her first ‘career’ was her dad’s: Market Researcher,” Weinstein said. “She made a list of 15 friends and family members and asked them to choose between three flavours of ice cream … She presented her results to me and I paid her.” Mia learned about interesting jobs and gained an appreciation for money.”(more)

Finally, a guide to parent engagement that works every time

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“Parent engagement in their child’s education is key to successful growth, but consistently engaging parents is at the top of the list of teacher frustration. Teachers must establish communication with parents by figuring out what works best for them and showing that they are a team when it comes to their child.”(more)