A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I had a friend over who brought her teenage daughter and one of her classmates. The girls sat on the couch, headphones on and eyes glued to their smart phones. They weren’t talking to us or each other. When asked what their favorite subject was in school, one replied, “None of them."
I’m not going to get on my high horse and write an essay about how technology is ruining our kids and how things were so much better “back in my day." But I would be lying if I said I didn’t find the encounter troubling. My experience with these teens may have been an extreme example, but the way kids today interact with each other and the world is…different. more
If you are in the Northern United States, you’ve likely seen a lot of snow these past few days. I’m afraid to look, but I’m pretty sure my car is snowed-in my garage and last I heard we had a foot of snow. Many schools have already canceled classes and you may be taking a day or two off of work. If you’re like me and have no immediate plans to leave your house, you may end up with bored kids suffering from cabin fever. more
That feeling is all too familiar. Sitting at a desk with those hard plastic or wooden chairs for almost an hour, attempting to contort your body into a semi-comfortable position. That’s middle school for you.
Jorge Perez, VP of Youth Development, Family Enrichment and Social Responsibility for YMCA of the USA, wrote a blog post about the importance of afterschool programs and how to choose the best one for your child over at Parent Toolkit. more
It’s Friday, so here’s the weekly roundup of some of the most interesting reading I found on the web for parents this week! more
We're only 14 years in, but let's not let that hold us back from defining what it takes to be a great leader in the 21st Century. Some say you have to be bold, stand and deliver, and bring out the best in everyone. Others make the case that it's being an optimist, fun and jovial to be around, and able to liven up any situation when things are looking down. more
We’re itching in our britches to leave school behind and get out into summer. Into the long summer afternoons when the days stretch into night and watermelon drips down our elbows. Tie up loose ends at school and get ready, it’s coming. more
Your most powerful asset as a young leader is having a mentor. Without one, David wouldn't be in college and on his way of becoming a pilot. more
Some kids pick up lessons early in life through fun songs. Others might need a set of markers and paper to process what they've learned. And there's always a child... more
Packing the kids’ lunches, getting them on the school bus, and driving them to soccer or band practice—all in a day’s work, right? From the time... more