Inside: Screens have become a huge part of our lives. Have you ever wondered how screen time affects your child? I went looking for answers and discovered what recent studies and brain scans have to tell us about the impact of screen time on our children’s brains. Take a moment to read the research and find out how to find a healthy balance (includes free info sheet and helpful tools).
Reading was a big part of my children’s summer. I can still hear my oldest chattering a mile a minute as he told me all about the game of Quidditch. That was the summer we discovered Harry Potter.
I can see my middle son shaking with laughter as he read Bunnicula for the first time.
I remember how excited my boys got when the newest Harry Potter or Redwall book came out. There would be all kinds of lively negotiations as the three of them figured out who would read the books first.
Books have magical properties don’t they? You can send your child to Hogwarts or let them hunt for treasure. You can invite them to travel through a wardrobe to a magical land or ride on the backs of dragons.
But how can we convince our children to pick up a book and keep reading? Here are some simple strategies to help.Continue Reading
I was overwhelmed, tired, and felt as if my life had been taken over by toys. They were everywhere I looked!
We were drowning in a sea of plastic figures, art kits, craft supplies, dress-up clothes, cars, planes, trains, and Lego. They were constantly underfoot and seemed to occupy every level surface in every room.
I was at the end of my rope! We had just moved from a very large rambling rectory into a much smaller house and there was no room for anything. I knew something had to be done, but what?
I was constantly nagging my boys to clean up, but they couldn’t. The task was too big. There was too much stuff.
It was time for drastic action!!
Summer is in full swing. Do you know how I know?
Both kids and parents are going to camps, conventions and conferences. Families are going on vacations. The posters are starting to showing up on the bulletin boards. “Boys’ soccer camp”. “Girls’ ballet lessons”. “Mens’ & Womens’ volleyball leagues looking for players”.
This happens every year, like clockwork. School gets out, parents take a bit of leave for a summer vacation, and schedules explode into a flurry of business.
But even with all this activity swarming around us, even though we’re around people all the time, many of us still seem to be stressed and disconnected from the group that matters most – our families and close friends.
How’d we get into this mess?
The Problem: Excessive Sorting!
What we’ve gotten very, very good at is sorting.Continue Reading