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Parenting Makes Me a Better Teacher

July 11, 2016

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So leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has been asked to apologise for making the following comment:

 

Genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake.

 

Well, I am absolutely unapologetic when I say that being a parent has made a very profound impact on the quality of my own teaching.

It makes a big difference when you have your own children to measure decisions against. When I’m faced with a conundrum, I frequently ask myself:

 

What would I want the teachers of my children to do in such a situation?

Would I be satisfied if my child’s teacher taught the skill in that way?

Would I accept it if my child’s teacher told her to “toughen up” when confronted with what they thought was a minor issue?

 

These questions are constantly part of my teaching reflection and help motivate me to provide my students with better outcomes and more of my attention.

So if a leadership aspirant wants to use her parenting experiences to get more out of herself and offer others better outcomes, who am I to object?

Not all teachers who are parents are good at what they do and not all childless teachers need children to gain the perspective that I employ, but surely it shouldn’t offend to say that having children has the capacity to give a parent a better understanding about how to look after those who find it difficult to look after themselves.

Don’t apologise Andrea!

 

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Saying “No” to Kids is Very Difficult, But Essential (Video)

May 17, 2016

 

A great clip we can all relate to.

 

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A Song for Exhausted Mothers

February 24, 2016

 

If a couple of kids is exhausting for a parent, think how tough a classroom full of kids is for a teacher! I realise that teaching doesn’t fully equate, but it is also a difficult job.  I hope teachers and parents can continue to see the humor in the challenge, as depicted so entertainingly above.

 

 

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Girl’s Hilarious Attempt at Getting a Day Off School

January 4, 2016

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Telling lies and committing forgery wouldn’t usually be something to savour, but somehow I see a young creative genius primed for a life of creativity and ingenuity:

 

As the holiday season slowly comes to a close around the world, one little girl is determined to hold off on going back to school for as long as she can. 

A social media user has shared the handy work of her little girl Cara, who handed her parents a letter ‘from the school’ that she ‘found in the letterbox’.

The amusing note was cleverly written in two different colours – black for the information and blue for her signature – and completed with a pink princess stamp to keep it looking as realistic as possible.

‘My daughter got the mail today (it’s Sunday), apparently they have another week off school,’ the mother wrote on Reddit

‘The school compnay is taking a brake so the kids will get one more week of school off and we will need your child to sign their name here [sic],’ the note read. 

The letter then concluded with a line for a signature and a green arrow to keep it looking authentic.

The Love a Child Has for Their Parents Cannot be Properly Measured

December 19, 2015

 

 

Children today are depicted as ungrateful and selfish, but are they really?

I would argue that there is a love, respect and gratitude that constantly goes unrecognised.

Take the clip above for example:

 

This time of year often focuses on what children put on their wish lists for Santa. But in a tearjerking video, a group of kids from low-income backgrounds show the power of giving during the holidays.

UPtv asked kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta what they wanted for Christmas, and they named gifts like Minecraft Legos, an Xbox 360, and a Barbie house. Then the kids were asked what their parents would want for Christmas, and they listed items like a coffeemaker, jewelry and a new TV. 

Later, each child received the gifts he or she asked for, as well as the one suggested for the parents. But there was a catch: they had to choose which of the two gifts to keep. 

Their responses were beautifully inspiring. “Legos don’t matter. Your family matters,” said one little boy. “They look out for me and do stuff for me, so I need to give back to them,” added another.

But, as the video shows, their gratitude was powerful.

 

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Hilarious School Drop-Off Clip Goes Viral

November 11, 2015

 

 

A rant most of us share.

 

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Funniest Teacher Gift Ever!

October 3, 2015

 

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Just brilliant!

 

 

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Should Parents Ban Smartphones from Their Kids’ Room at Night?

September 23, 2015

 

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It’s not my business to tell parents what to do, but the research seems pretty clear:

 

For the study, researchers from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data asked more than 800 12- to 15-year-olds about their sleep habits — including how often they woke up at night to use social media. Researchers also asked about the teens’ levels of energy and well-being.

What did the researchers find? Waking up at night to use social networking platforms like Snapchat and Instagram was surprisingly common. Twenty-two percent of 12- and 13-year-olds and 23 percent of 14- and 15-year-olds said they “almost always” did so. More than a third said they did at least once a week.

This behavior seems to take a real toll. More than half of the heavier nighttime social media users said they usually go to school feeling tired. 

“In turn, we find a significant association between feeling tired when they go to school and their overall levels of subjective well-being,” Dr. Chris Taylor, a researcher at Cardiff and one of the study’s authors, added in an email to The Huffington Post. 

For some teens, this combination could contribute to mental health issues. Heavy social media use and poor sleep have both been found to take a toll on young peoples’ mental health, so the combination could be even more problematic.

So what’s the solution? Pushing back school start times probably isn’t the answer, as the study’s authors argue that more time to sleep in the morning doesn’t compensate for sleep disruptions. Structured morning routines can be helpful for mediating the effects of poor sleep, the researchers explain, so disrupting those routines with later school start times may not be beneficial.

Instead, the study suggests that it may be more effective to discourage teens from using technology at night. One way to do it? Keeping digital devices out of the bedroom so that a good night’s sleep won’t ruined by the lure of Twitter.

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Tips for Getting Kids to Live Heathily

September 17, 2015

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Written by Maria Masters courtesy of CNN:

Don’t tell them to clean their plate

You want your child to finish eating when she’s full, not when she’s finished every morsel in front of her. Research suggests that kids who are told to eat everything on their plates may be more likely to request larger portions of food when they’re away from home. “Pushing kids to eat when they aren’t hungry sets up a bad precedent,” says Lauren Levine, MD, a pediatrician at Columbia Doctors Midtown in New York City. Adults consume almost everything they serve themselves, according to a study by Cornell University experts, but their research also shows that kids only tend to eat about 60% of what they put on their plates—a totally “normal” thing, they say.

Don’t let them eat in front of the TV

Sure, kids might not put up a fuss about breakfast when that meal just so happens to be served during cartoon time. But children who chow down in front of the TV won’t be able to pay attention to the feelings of fullness that should signal the end of the meal, says Dr. Lauren Levine. Instead, “they’ll just eat mindlessly.” One 2009 study found that kids who snacked while watching television may eat more candy and soda, too. Plus, other research has found that the food advertising aimed at children reinforces the message that junk food tastes better—and can be linked to unhealthy diets in young adulthood too.

Better yet, set a screen limit

Fact: Children ages 8 to 18 now spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using media devices, according to a 2010 study by the Kasier Family Foundation. (That’s up from about 6.5 hours in 2000.) And watching TV—whether that’s on a flat screen, computer, or cell phone—takes up a whopping 4.5 hours a day. “You don’t want your children to be sedentary,” says Dr. Alanna Levine, “but watching TV all day also doesn’t increase their creativity, which is important for them.” Sure enough, this 2010 study found that kids who spend more time using media are more likely to get poor grades and are less likely to be content with themselves than those who aren’t as attached to their devices. Consider capping your child’s recreational screen time to no more than 2 hours a day. The AAP discourages any media use for kids under the age of 2 and recommends older children limit their non-education screen time—i.e., entertainment—to 1 to 2 hours daily.

Make exercise fun

As adults, we often equate exercise with the gym. But kids? They just need to get moving for about an hour a day. So kick a soccer ball in the backyard, take a family walk, or go for a hike one weekend. The key is to make sure they’re enjoying it, says Alanna Levine, MD, a pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Once they’re done, she says, take a minute and ask them how their bodies feel. (Spoiler alert: good. Thanks, endorphins!) That way, kids will keep connecting that happy rush with physical activity, which reinforces the physical and mental benefits of exercise.

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Mom Shaming is a Disease that Has to Stop

September 16, 2015

 

 

Whether its mom shaming or teacher shaming or any other form of condescension, any judgement designed to belittle is less about child welfare and more about bullying.

 

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