Life with twins is crazy. It is also completely amazing, challenging, hilarious, and by far the hardest job I’ve ever had! I’m sitting here listening to the girls chatter each other to sleep… wait, strike that, now they are both wailing. Such is the way with twin 2-year-olds. If I had a dime for every time someone said, “I always wanted to have twins!” I’d be a rich woman. Far fewer people have actually offered to babysit.
Everyone agrees that reading is vital to a child’s success. Research shows that there are six early literacy skills that are essential to creating a solid foundation for learning to read: print motivation, print awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills – in other words – read, sing and talk.
By adding these elements to your parent-child time, you will be preparing your child for reading and learning. It does not cost any money; it only costs your time.
It’s understandable that parents may be looking for a quick response or a short-term solution. And in responding to challenging behavior, many parents feel the need to punish or give their children a consequence as a way to modify or change their behavior. While “time out” can be an effective way to respond to challenging behavior, it may be difficult to have a successful time out. Indeed, many children will resist time out, which leads to power struggles.
Music education is also known to provide benefits across the curriculum. A recent meta-analysis of 25 experimental studies using music education and music therapy activities to teach reading skills showed a significant correlation between music and reading ability.
Yet despite our efforts and knowledge, many believe that they and their kin lack musical talent. How has this happened?
Two “Promise Neighborhoods” have been identified. One is in Eugene’s Bethel/Trainsong Neighborhood; the other is in Springfield. United Way is focusing on these Promise Neighborhoods to make a measurable difference with limited resources. Once we can prove success in these communities, the effort can be replicated in other high-needs communities across the County.
Diabetes: The Epidemic America has a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. It comes at a time when the connection between excess weight and Type 2 diabetes in both children and adults is conclusive. The percentage of children between the ages of 2 and 11 who are overweight has nearly tripled and rates continue to […]
By taking control of your time, you will feel less overwhelmed because you will have prioritized the things that you decide need to be done. You will feel better about what you’ve done each day and about yourself. And, for a job well done, reward yourself. After all, although the main goal is to make the most of your time, that includes having fun, too.
One obvious benefit is enabling children to communicate with wider populations. Being bilingual also brings many other benefits, including more creative thinking and better meta-linguistic knowledge, which actually helps kids do better on reading readiness tests.
Not only that, one study suggests that multilingual kids are less likely to have negative stereotypes, leading them to have more diverse friends.
And don’t forget better job opportunities as well – research shows that bilinguals average 5 percent to 20 percent more pay than their monolingual peers!
Diversity has become a popular buzzword across various media outlets, school districts and communities. What it really means is often misunderstood or glossed over by the celebration of a heritage month or “taco night” at school.
It is not enough to send your child to a diverse school or to just live in a diverse neighborhood. While these factors are important and support a multicultural view on relationships and society, children need more to help them appreciate and value people from all walks of life.
Parents might be great at setting limits with homework, chores and dating, but they can feel they have entered new territory when it comes to rules around cell phones, the Internet, Facebook, texting, iPods and electronic games. And, teenagers can be so emphatic in demanding that they need total freedom with their gadgets!