About starting school later.
Why do I care?
When schools start later for kids in high school or otherwise, it has positive implications for the students. As with anything, there are many details to consider for the picture as a whole and informing yourself of all of those details will help you know where you stand on the issue.
Tell me more.
The Huffington Post recently posted a video of Terra Ziporyn Snyder who is the head of the Start School Later organization. She shared statistics about kids and sleep and how that correlates with their overall health and well-being, and it’s compelling. Her organization is helping to spearhead the push to get high schools to start later so teens are better equipped to meet the demands of their days. With many high schools beginning their days as early as 7am, teens are getting up pretty early. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need 8-10 hours of sleep per night to function properly. If your child has to get up at 5:30 am, that means they should be asleep by 9:30pm to get the minimum 8 hours of sleep, 8:30pm for 9 hours of sleep, 7:30pm for 10 hours of sleep.
Yeah…we’re betting that’s going to go over well with your teen.
In the Trenches
According to Dr. Leonard Sax, the collapse of parenting is upon us because kids are being given too much power. It’s a bit harsh and this article starts off as a read that feels all kinds of judge-y
Then why read it? Good question. While the piece starts off as ‘tough-love’ in nature, it gets into some valid points and constructive feedback on some common pitfalls of parenting which is why it’s a share in our book.
How many times have you found yourself negotiating with your little fit throwers only to kick yourself later for letting them win? If this has become your norm and you feel the shift of power changing, then this piece may be a worthy read to help you turn the tide. It offers up several experts, resources and sound advice. Giving in happens to all of us, let’s be real – that’s not what we’re talking about here. But, if you’re finding yourself overwhelmed more often than not, this might be the read for you.
No more negotiating with fit throwers – you’ve got this.
That’s What She Said
This stage of life that we’re all in, raising our little people into big people – it’s no small feat. Having to help them through the many ebbs and flows of life is a big job. This mom wrote a blog post where she calls out the guilt that we place on ourselves and implores us to work harder to nurture our relationships and take care of our well-being, and we think she’s pretty spot on, because as she says, this stage of life? It’s hard.
Why Didn’t We Think of That?
If you have a crude sense of humor and enjoy a good card game, you’ve likely enjoyed an evening with friends playing Cards Against Humanity. Recently, a Cards Against Humanity-like game that speaks to the many trials and tribulations of parenting named KinderPerfect was released, they launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and the games will ship out this summer. Just in time for barbecue season with the neighbors.
Parting Thought for the Day
Speaking of the rumor-mill – anyone want some Lemonade?
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