Monday, August 8, 2016

Fan Favorites - July 2016

Mom Spends Beach Vacation Assuming All Household Duties In Closer Proximity To Ocean

What Screen Time Really Does to Kids Brains
Tablets are the ultimate shortcut tools: Unlike a mother reading a story to a child, for example, a smartphone-told story spoon-feeds images, words, and pictures all at once to a young reader. Rather than having to take the time to process a mother’s voice into words, visualize complete pictures and exert a mental effort to follow a story line, kids who follow stories on their smartphones get lazy. The device does the thinking for them, and as a result, their own cognitive muscles remain weak.

10 Insights of Remarkable Parents from a Family Therapist
"Unless you studied play therapy in school, most adults will never fully understand and appreciate the power of play.

Play is how kids learn all the things and develop all the stuff. This means leaving time each day for straight-up unstructured, kid-controlled, exploration of the world kind of play."

Why Typical Preschool Crafts Are a Total Waste of Time

So perhaps the real problem here is that, despite what the popular mantra says, the product still very much matters. At the literal end of the day, the kid still goes home with some product — as in, something tangible that he or she has made. The unconscious message that this ultimately sends children is that you must have something to show for your day. And so, in Christakis’s view, the “very first step” to making a meaningful change in the way preschools approach creative work “is for parents to stop asking children what they made at school each day!” (Exclamation point hers.) Two and three and four really are mighty young ages to already be indoctrinated into the grown-up cult of productivity.

13 Empowering Photos Show There's No 'Right' Way to be a Boy

‪#‎ABoyCanToo‬ aims to empower kids who dare to embrace their true passions, even in the face of gender bias and bullying. McGoey started the project by photographing her own sons and then reached out to friends, acquaintances, past clients and even strangers on social media. To date, she has photographed 17 boys pursuing interests ranging from dancing to reading to figure skating.

I'm A White Mother Raising Three Black Children, and Here's What I Mean When I Say Black Lives Matter
My children’s lives matter. And when I or another parent shares this with you, your response should be simple: yes, absolutely yes.

Gentle parenting isn’t meant to be easy

What we are about, is the bigger picture. Connectedness over obedience. Relationships over perfect behaviour. Mindfulness and understanding over punishment. A commitment to helping our kids deal with their emotions, making them feel safe, respecting them as people, guiding them through life, setting boundaries and limits lovingly, and not relying on fear and power to get our message across. Because what we’re aiming for is not momentary compliance, but nurturing a human being.

Child behavior: when nothing else works, consider these 7 strategies:

Of course we value our kids and want what is best for them. The issue isn’t bad parents, but these societal shifts acting beyond our awareness. Societal changes have subtly interrupted parental availability, connection and influence. These 7 strategies are all about counter-balancing and reclaiming the parental role to enable connection. Parents can begin the process at home. The 7 strategies are a start.

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues
Developmental Psychologist David Elkins reports kids have lost more than 12 hours a week of free time per week in the last two decades meaning the opportunity for free play is scarce. Even preschools and kindergartens have become more intellectually-oriented. Many schools have eliminated recess so children have more time to learn.
The time children spend playing in organized sports has been shown to significantly lower creativity as young adults, whereas time spent playing informal sports was significantly related to more creativity. It’s not the organized sports themselves destroying creativity but the lack of down time. Even two hours per week of unstructured play boosted children’s creativity to above-average levels.

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