Being a parent is not always easy. But what can be easy is losing our tempers when we’re already stressed and parenthood pushes us over the edge. It’s no surprise then that the gentle parenting approach is making waves among newer millennial parents, influenced by the rise of gentle parenting content by TikTok super influencers, as well as the outright need to find an alternative to flying off the handle during these especially trying times.
In this article, you will find:
- Getting the job done
Getting the job done
Chores and Children
By Patricia Sullivan
Brought to you by the National PTA®.
Many parents cajole, beg, or even bribe their children to help out around the house and still end up with a lawn that needs mowing, a sink full of dirty dishes, unmade beds, and a pet dog barking to go out for a walk. How can parents get the real result they're looking for: children who do their chores without being reminded or reprimanded?
Sixth Grade Science and Health
Children's interest in science often seems to decline in grade four and after. This happens, in part, because science study is too often textbook-driven, passive, formal, and narrow in its scope. But the major goal of science study in these grades should be to keep children interested in science and cause them to believe that they can be successful science students. Positive attitudes about science -- from teachers and parents as well as students -- are vital.
Start Playing Games at a Young Age
The trick to avoiding difficulty with teenagers is to start playing games with them when they are little kids. Keep the lines of communication with them open. Talk and listen when they are little, and never stop. Always make yourself available to them. There's no better way to establish a rapport than to get down and dirty with them in a good old-fashioned game: Chess, Checkers, board games, card games, Pool, or Darts—anything that will keep the interaction alive.
Fifth Grade Science and Health
The goal of science study
Children's interest in science often seems to decline in grade 4 and after. I suspect that this happens because science study is too often textbook-driven, passive, formal, and narrow in its scope. But the major goal of science study in these grades should be to keep children interested in science and cause them to believe that they can be successful science students. Not an easy task -- but one that is critically important.
Raising Kids of Color
Too Much Stimulation, or Too Little?
At wedding receptions, you're likely to find two kinds of children tucked away under the banquet table. The first is usually accompanied by a bright-eyed, giggling cousin as the pair revels in the illicit thrill of stolen champagne or other contraband. For the second, the cool folds of the tablecloth offer a temporary sanctuary from the noise, bustle, and business of the whole occasion.
Is It Enough to Abstain?
Sex Ed in Schools
Does sex education belong in public schools? Yes, say 90 percent of parents around the country. But that doesn't indicate parental consensus on what sex education means. Should it be health-and-safety oriented? Informed by moral principles? Focused on contraception or celibacy? School boards everywhere are wrestling with different perspectives on a very touchy subject. This article explores the "abstinence only" approach.
Homeschooling on a Budget
You Really Can Do It
Most parents believe educating their children is an expensive proposition. According to The Homeschooling Book of Answers, public schools spend nearly $7,000 per pupil per year. What if I told you there were families providing an excellent education for their homeschooled child for $50 per year? And even for those of us who splurge on a few beautiful books occasionally, we can easily manage to keep our total expenses under $200 a year. Sound impossible? Here's how:
Talking with Children About War and Violence in the World
by Sheldon Berman, Sam Diener, Larry Dieringer, and Linda Lantieri