Oh, the glorious days of summer, with balmy mornings perfect for biking down to the park, hot afternoons spent cooling off by the pool and idyllic evenings of barbecues and catching fireflies. At least, that's how we parents may like to think of summer. Unfortunately, today's kids are more likely to be found on the couch glued to various electronic devices than out and about in the sunshine. Take a few simple steps this year to make sure your children have a summer that's both fun and meaningful.
Friends From the Past!:
Believe it or not, they aren't just a bunch of old dead people. People from our past, or friends from our past, that fill our modern day libraries can teach us plenty if we let them. Let's do ourselves a favor and get in the library and let them.
How to Choose the Right School Shoes for Kids:
There is always a sense of excitement with kids when they are heading towards a new standard as they are surrounded by a fresh lot of books, stationery, backpacks, lunch accessories, uniform and much more. It's a whole new world of learning, growing and exploring for them, which is always backed by your guidance and support.
Readers Are The Real Leaders!:
One of our greatest Americans, Thomas Jefferson, was an avid reader. He was also one of our greatest leaders. His reading led to great leading! Are you reading?
Lego Bricks As an Educational Tool:
On January 28, 1958, a patent was recorded that would change family floors forever. On that decisive day, the Lego block was conceived. From that point forward, in excess of 400 billion Lego elements have been made (an unimaginable 62 bricks for each individual on the planet!), and give or take 7 Lego sets are sold every second.
Graduation Ceremonies Should Return to High Schools:
The trend for the past few decades have been for high schools to hold graduation ceremonies at venues far off of campus. Unfortunately, this trend should be reconsidered by most schools for reasons of finance, safety, and convenience. Every high school in my county in southwest Ohio holds its commencement exercise at a site at least 45 minutes from the campus.
Getting Ready for Summer:
Are you ready for summer, moms? I bet your kids are! It always helps to have a checklist of some sort, even if it's in your head or stored in your phone. So why not start getting ready for summer with a summer checklist.
Are You A Helicopter Mom?:
The term Helicopter Mom or Helicopter Parent is tossed around a lot these days, and as a visual, it almost speaks for itself. While some may see the doting mom as positive, supportive, loving and helpful, my clinical experience has shown this to be a poor tactic. Being a helicopter mom has few advantages as a parenting style, outside of safety. Kids and people as a whole learn very experientially, and it's through our mistakes and/or barriers that we learn creativity and problem solving abilities.