Phones and kids. We try not to go too long at Parent Plaza without touching on this topic. We know technology is consuming our kids, not to mention most of the adults. Never fear, we're back at it with another look at kids and technology. The great thing about technology is some really smart person can come up with an improvement or solve a very specific problem. Most parents are bombarded with questions from their kids about when they can get a phone. Parents … [Read more...] about One Way To Kick Your Kids’ Screen Habit
We can't be too careful when it comes to technology and our kids. In fact, we hold the key to help keep our kids safe. Although we can't protect them for every possible situation, we can make sure our home is a place where good technology habits are developed and maintained. I just came across a blog post over at The Soccer Mom with four tips to keep in mind.Be intrusive — Don’t be afraid to be nosy when it comes to what your kids are doing online! Children and teens … [Read more...] about 4 Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe Online
This past weekend, we changed our clocks back an hour. You would think that changing a clock a mere hour would not be that big of a deal. For some reason, it always is. It's just enough to throw things off for the next several days. I wonder if I can do a better job of managing the transition. I just saw a post over at The Intentional Mom with some ideas.Start shifting bedtime about three nights before the time changeIn preparation for the clocks to move backwards, … [Read more...] about How To Survive Time Changes With Kids
ADHD seems to have come out of no where. It was not even something anyone talked about not that long ago and then it became a big deal. Kids were getting diagnosed with left and right. And it makes one wonder why all of a sudden this happened. Well, it turns out there might be a very simple solution, at least in some of the cases according to a recent article I read in the Washington Post. Image courtesy of: Geoff LivingstonOver the past two decades, … [Read more...] about Could Some ADHD Be Related To This One Issue?
Nail-biting is one of those habits that kids have which is hard to stop. Many parents have struggled with how they can get their kids to discontinue this practice. However, it seems that the harder parents try, the more determined kids are to defy our every effort to change their behavior. Perhaps there is something parents are missing in their approach. I just read an article over at Mom Junction with some good advice.1. Refrain From Punishing, Talk InsteadYou may be … [Read more...] about How To Stop Your Children From Doing This Annoying Thing
Preschool is great right? Kids get to experience school without all of the academic rigor of real school. There are opportunities to experience being in a classroom setting with structured activities. Of course, there is plenty of time to play on the playground. If this is what you think preschool is, you may be in for surprise. According to an article I just read over at The Atlantic, we are doing things in preschool that are troubling.Because so few adults … [Read more...] about The New Preschool Is Damaging Kids
Modern society seems fixated and always being in motion. There is agreat emphasis placed upon always being involved in something. Families almost seem proud to talk about how busy they are. Is this really such a good thing. Given a moment to ponder, most of us would agree that always being busy is not healthy. Yet we often choose the hectic life we are getting. According to a post I just read at Quartz, we need to take this far more seriously.For many parents, … [Read more...] about Kids Are So Over-Scheduled That Doctors Are Being Told To Prescribe This
Rules can be good. Other times they can be bad. In general, if there are lots of rules, there is less freedom for people. We should agree upon good laws that promote and protect freedom for all citizens. The government recently passed a law in Chesapeake, Virginia, and will be strict about who can and cannot go trick-or-treating. Punishment is potential jail time for trick-or-treaters over the age of 12.Image courtesy of: Joe ShlabotnikThis seems way over the … [Read more...] about More Towns Are Threatening Potential Jail Time To Kids Over 12 Who Do This One Thing
Halloween is a great day. Most kids and plenty of adults love to get dressed up in costume. Kids love to go trick-or-treating. Many families like to decorate their home with scary tombstones and cackling witches. It' one day where everyone can let loose, be creative and have some fun. There's just one issue with Halloween: It always falls on a different day each year. This year is a perfect example. Halloween will fall on a Wednesday, not ideal for those … [Read more...] about Should Halloween Be Moved To A Set Day?
Dental health is important. When it comes to our kids, most parents are well aware of the dangers of candy and other products with lots of sugar. We may even pat ourselves on the back for having a some strict guidelines at home make sure our kids are limited on how much candy and other sugary products they consume. According to a post I read over at Today's Parent, we might need to revisit our thinking on this. There are some other foods that we might not think of as … [Read more...] about 6 Snacks That Are Surprisingly Bad For Kids’ Teeth