The back-to-school blitz is finally in the rearview mirror, and now you can focus on those important day-to-day matters associated with raising healthy and happy children. As the kids stroll in the door after school, kick off their shoes, and drop their backpacks on the ground, you wouldn’t be the first parent to eyeball those packs after the first few days of class and wonder, ‘What do they need all of this stuff for!?’ Textbooks, daily supplies, lunches, and the requisite technology take up a lot of space.
When it comes to video games, Donna Volpitta’s fifth grade son is like many boys his age. If kids aren’t coming over to his house to play video games, he’s going to their homes or he’s joining them to play online. “Just like phones are not evil, video games are not evil. [Digital media] is part of our kids’ world and their social life,” says Volpitta, Ed.D., who is also mom to three other children ages 12, 14, and 16, and the author of The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive Not Reactive Parenting. “But it’s important to teach [our kids] mindful use and what video games do to your brain,” she adds.
Do you ever wish taking naps could be considered cool? Unfortunately, our power-parent culture seems to have regulated naps to babies, hospital patients, and to the elderly. Well, the heck with all of that! Once you declare naps hip, trendy, and fashionable, you won’t deny yourself crucial sleep recovery. Recent studies indicate a high likelihood new parents are not merely overtired but are completely exhausted.
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