Children sometimes cannot distinguish between what they need and what they want. Shelter, food and clothing are needs. Eating out, cable TV, cell phones, computers, and video games are wants. Wants can be worked towards but not an entitlement.
Light exposure and action from video games and social networking can rev up the brain, disrupting the body’s daily rhythms that make kids feel drowsy close to bedtime. All technology should be turned off an hour before bed.
Bad Report Card? What To Do #5: Check The Schedule
Are the demands of an excessive extra-curricular schedule causing report card grades to be low? Sports, music, and theater are just a few examples of time consuming activities students may focus on more than their studies. Sometimes there is not enough time in the day to meet the demands of their activities and put in their best effort on their homework. As a parent, you have the responsibility of examining the extra-curricular schedule and modify it if necessary so they have the time needed to do their homework and study.
Schedule time for play or unstructured activities so your kids can process their busy day. It may be overwhelming or draining to spend 6 hours in a classroom and then directly do 2 hours of homework.
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“An Act Concerning Dissection Choice” passed the Connecticut Senate this week with a 34-1 vote and now heads to the Governor’s desk! Connecticut will now join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in guaranteeing students their right opt out of animal dissections and to learn through superior and humane alternatives.
TV, computers and video games have their place, but kids are not learning social skills or physical activity as much as before these items.