How to Raise a Creative Child.
Step One: Back Off
by Adam Grant
THEY learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to end not with a bang, but with a whimper. | Read full article
Research shows taking music lessons can speed up brain development in children
By Assal Habibi
Observing a pianist at a recital—converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano—can be a powerful emotional experience. | Read full article
Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom
by Darren Rosenblum
When I started teaching, I assumed my "fun" class, sexuality and the law, full of contemporary controversy, would prove gripping to the students. One day, I provoked them with a point against marriage equality, and the response was a slew of laptops staring back. The screens seemed to block our classroom connection. Then, observing a senior colleague's contracts class, I spied one student shopping for half the class. Another was surfing Facebook. Both took notes when my colleague spoke, but resumed the rest of their lives instead of listening to classmates. | Read full article
Depression on the rise in teenage girls
By Amy Schaeffer
With an ever-increasing demand for the transparency that social media sometimes brings about in peoples' lives, it has become apparent to researchers that there may be a correlation between social media use and teenage depression, particularly in girls. A study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, M.D., looked at the years between 2005 and 2014 in the age group of 12–17, and found that depression is steadily increasing among teenage girls, according to labroots. The results mean that teenage girls in this demographic should be routinely and thoroughly assessed for signs and symptoms of depression. | Read full article
Parents Should Not Put Too Much Pressure on Kids
By Rick Nauert PhD
New research suggests there is more to helping kids become successful than pushing them to be involved in a multitude of activities and to score at the top of their class. In short, being a Tiger mom may be a little short-sighted.
The Arizona State study finds obsession over grades and extracurricular activities for young schoolchildren could be counterproductive, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness. | Read full article
Children's sleeplessness may be linked to bedtime use of electronic gadgets
By Ariana Eunjung Cha
If you shrugged off the new screen-time guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics last month, you may want to grab your kid's tablet back for a second and reevaluate your position. An analysis published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics of data from 26,000 children provides the strongest evidence yet of a link between bedtime use of electronic devices and poor sleep, inadequate sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. | Read full article
Turns Out, Counting on Your Fingers Makes You Smarter
By Jo Craven McGinty
Children who have better perception of their hands tend to be more skilled at math, research shows. | Read full article
This Common Activity Is Reducing Your IQ, According to Research: Lack of sleep affects intelligence
By Eric Barker
Missing an hour of sleep turns a sixth grader’s brain into that of a fourth grader. There is a correlation between grades and average amount of sleep. Not only does it affect intelligence, lack of sleep also reduces impulse control. | Read full article
7 Things Parents Should Tell Their Kids Every Day
By Karen Salmansohn
There are many ways to say “I love you” to your children, without actually uttering those three small-but-mighty words. Below are my seven favorite alternatives, which also double-duty as “Empowering Life Philosophies” for raising kids who feel resilient — kids who feel deep inside themselves that they have what it takes to bounce back from life’s assorted (and sordid!) challenges. After all, let’s face it. No matter how hard we all try to travel a bump-free path to happiness, life will always present its share of surprise potholes. | Read full article
This Is The Best Thing You Can Do
For Your Child's Brain
By Debbie Hampton
If there existed one, simple thing you could do to improve your child's performance every day at school, in addition to their long-term educational and health outcomes, earnings, and family stability, you'd want to do it, right? Well, believe it or not, this one, simple thing does exist. And it's probably even simpler than you think. The answer? Talk to your children. | Read full article
How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains
By Gretchen Reynolds
Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you substantially improve their ability to think, according to the most ambitious study ever conducted of physical activity and cognitive performance in children. The results underscore, yet again, the importance of physical activity for children’s brain health and development, especially in terms of the particular thinking skills that most affect academic performance. | Read full article
Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying
By Katrina Schwartz
Getting enough sleep is an under-valued but crucial part of learning. Contrary to students’ belief that staying up all night to cram for an exam will lead to higher scores, truth is, the need for a good night’s rest is even more important than finishing homework or studying for a test.
A recent study in the journal Child Development showed that sacrificing sleep in order to study will actually backfire. The study followed 535 Los Angeles high school students for 14 days, tracking how long they slept, as well as how well they understood material being taught in class and how they performed on a test, quiz, or homework. | Read full article
STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts
By Justin Brady
We’ve all heard it before, we are facing another crisis. This time it’s one of mammoth proportions, and not the wooly kind. Public education isn’t making the cut as high-tech jobs across the nation go unfilled. What’s a country to do? Knowing this challenge will only compound with time, policy leaders have acted. To compete in a global market place, our leaders are doing everything in their power to push a focus on STEM education. Sure, it’s great to see our leaders unite under a common goal, but are they going the wrong way down the field? In 2011 the governor of my home state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, signed an executive order creating a STEM advisory council. | Read full article
Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
By NICK BILTON
When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.
“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” | Read full article
25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'
by liZ Evans
This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?" And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot.
AND I WANT TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT!!!!
Or at least get a full sentence. So the other night, I sat down and made a list of more engaging questions to ask about school. They aren't perfect, but I do at least get complete sentences, and some have led to some interesting conversations... and hilarious answers... and some insights into how my kids think and feel about school. | Read full article
How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain
by George Hicks
Remember “Mozart Makes You Smarter”? A 1993 study of college students showed them performing better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. That led to claims that listening to Mozart temporarily increases IQs — and to a raft of products purporting to provide all sorts of benefits to the brain.
In 1998, Zell Miller, then the governor of Georgia, even proposed providing every newborn in his state with a CD of classical music. | Read full article
Music lessons for children boost 'executive brain function' throughout adult life
by James Vincent
A new study has suggested that children who receive regular music lessons display increased brain function through the rest of their adult life. Research published in the journal PLOS One found that children who had received private music lessons for at least two years showed increased activity in the areas of the brain associated with executive function – the cognitive processes that enable people to process and retain information, solve problems and regulate their behaviour. | Read full article
10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)
by Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis
When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what's best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn't resonate with me. Back then it was about survival, meeting daily needs and keeping my head above water. | Read full article