6 Reasons Nothing Replaces Recess
Guest post submitte by David Reeves
With all the pressure on American schools to meet academic standards, the tradition of recess began to slip away as every minute of the school day was analyzed for possible increases in study time to meet standards set out by federally prescribed mandates.
Why You Should Never Say, "Because I Said So"
Guest post written by Ken Myers
As parents, it's easy to respond to a question from your child with, "Because I said so." In some cases, you really don't want to divulge to your children why a certain rule or instance is the way it is. Perhaps you are trying to be discreet or the context is inappropriate for the age of the child. However, you could help the child understand further by explaining specific reasons to questions. How can explaining your decisions to your children be beneficial for your household?
Teaching Kids a Good Work Ethic
Although many people try to work at careers that they love, sometimes you need to put in the effort in something you dislike for no other reason than to pay the bills. Regardless of those who believe that money can't buy happiness, it still pays the bills and keeps you off the streets. Teaching this aspect of life is important to kids as you want them to have a strong work ethic. The more stable they are later in life, the more they will find enjoyable opportunities coming their way. What can you do to reinforce why it's important to maintain a good work ethic?
If kids could "punish" parents what would they do?
By Shara Lawrence-Weiss
A few days ago I saw two plastic baggies in our home office, filled with small pieces of paper. I said to my husband, "What's this? Can I toss them out?" He replied, "Oh - that's from our daughter (age six). She ripped a piece of paper up and told me to put it back together, like a puzzle."
Five Ways to Instill Thoughtfulness in Kids
Guest post submitted by Allison Foster
As adults, we take for granted habits we've developed and assume that children should naturally behave in a similar way. Being thoughtful is one habit that some children have a hard time developing. Unfortunately, the older a child gets, the harder the experience becomes for the parent. You could find yourself with an entitled teenager who assumes everything is owed to him/her. On the other hand, you may have a six-year old child whose instinct is to do her/his best to make people happy with flowers and cards.