Has your kid ever left a big project that was due the next day until the very last minute? Well, you’re not alone. Many parents struggle with getting their kids to be organized and manage time. These are very important skills that can reduce stress, especially the night before that project is due. It can be hard as a parent to try and let your kids have fun but to also sit them down and make sure they get their work done. In this article, Noelle Crombie of The Oregonian explains the problem of time management for middle school kids and outlines several simple tips for parents, such as making a to-do list and setting aside a homework time, which can help your kids stay organized without being overwhelmed.
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What else is new, right? But new research done in Australia shows just how extreme the numbers are. Of the over 300 kids studied, over 80% did not get the recommended amount of sleep, and they were under that time by an average of 37 minutes. Another interesting statistic the research found was that the average sleep time of people has gone down by just under a minute every year, so that on average we get over an hour less of sleep per night than we did 100 years ago. Sleep is very important, especially for the growth of our kids. Research is still being done to determine how lack of sleep affects kids, but it is plain to see kids with enough rest are more attentive and better able to focus in school.
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Are most moms guilty of going overboard when it comes to fulfilling their kids’ holiday wish lists? According to a recent online survey, 60% of participating parents claimed that their kids are more spoiled than they were as kids. Even though we are in the midst of an economic downturn, many moms reported that they still find it hard to say no to their kids. But the majority of parents also claimed to draw a line, as 98% percent of those surveyed said they would implement some sort of corrective action if their child seemed “ungrateful” for what he or she had been given. Read more on TODAY Moms here.
Do you spoil your kids during the holidays?