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Parents Report Spending Just 5 Hours a Week With Their Kids

January 27, 2020

 

This is a startling survey and a great wake up for us parents.

I couldn’t believe it. Parents claim to have only five hours a week of contact and four hours a week of conversation with their kids.

Many will justifiably point to the demands of dual working parents and the difficulty of getting their children off their devices. It is not for me to judge.

The issue is that it is more likely that today’s kids will become maladjusted due to their lack of meaningful contact with loved ones. This should be of great concern to all:

A recent survey of 1,000 British parents found that the average parent spends a mere five hours per week communicating face-to-face with their children.

More than half of surveyed moms and dads with children under the age of 18 said they feel “distant” from their kids. In all, 43% blamed their measly family time on their kids spending too much time in front of the television, with another 51% saying their kids spend too much time in their bedrooms. Another 44% said their familial disconnect is a result of their kids logging inordinate amounts of time on their phones during traditional “family time” in the evening.

The study, commissioned by Cadbury Heroes, also found that the average youngster starts to really avoid his or her parents around the age of 13. A significant 73% of respondents said their relationship with their children really changed once their sons and daughters became teenagers.

Nearly half (46%) of surveyed parents said they only talk to their kids for a maximum of four hours each week. Meanwhile, 54% said they would love to spend more time with their children.

To rectify this problem, over 80% of parents have taken an active interest in their children’s favorite activities in an effort to reconnect. For example, 20% of parents have learned how to play the popular online video game Fortnite, while 39% said they have gotten involved with their child’s hobbies. Another 33% have listened to their child’s favorite bands or musical artists in order to bond with them.

Comically, 25% have even tried to adopt youthful slang words such as “dope” or “YOLO.”

All in all, the average British parent tries to designate five days per month for “family time.” Regarding family time, 44% believe getting together as a family is a great way to avoid technology for a few hours. Finally, 50% of respondents said they try to encourage their kids to be more open and honest with them.

 

Special Announcement:

I am donating 100% of the royalties of my hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian, during the month of January to those affected by the devastating bushfires in my country, Australia. This book is perfect for children aged 9 to 14 and the ideal class novel for Upper Primary students. Please leave a comment to indicate your purchase. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

The Real Violence in Junior Sport Comes From the Parents

January 20, 2020

 

It’s an all too familiar story and it has to end. Parents need to watch their children from the grandstands or stay home. Sport is all about humility, acceptance and trust in referees with the understanding that human error is always a possibility.

But some parents can’t let the game play out without the worst of interference:

 

A father was arrested and is charged with simple assault after he rushed and tackled a high school student-athlete during a wrestling match, according to a Kannapolis Police Department news release.

Barry Lee Jones, of Harrisburg, was arrested on Saturday at 415 East 1st St.

He is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

The student-athlete he tackled was from Southeast Guilford High School and was wrestling Jones’ son, who is a student from Hickory Ridge High School, the release says.

Jones was processed at the Cabarrus County Jail and received a $1,000 secured bond.

The SGHS student-athlete was reportedly not injured.

The expert on the mat at the time of the incident gave the hand signals to call the SGHS student athlete’s move as illegal, according to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The Southeast Guilford High School wrestling coach and principal declined to comment.

 

Special Announcement:

I am donating 100% of the royalties of my hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian, during the month of January to those affected by the devastating bushfires in my country, Australia. This book is perfect for children aged 9 to 14 and the ideal class novel for Upper Primary students. Please leave a comment to indicate your purchase. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

The 221 Mistakes Parents Make Every Year

January 20, 2020

 

A recent survey claims that parents make 221 mistakes every year. Well, that’s a relief. I thought I was the only one.

I can’t wait until the survey claiming teachers make 798 mistakes every year.

The biggest mistakes were quite predictable:

 

A survey conducted by OnePoll of 2000 parents, ages 23 and up, on behalf of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, found that the biggest blunder of parenting was allowing too much screen time for children. It accounted for 65 percent, followed by teaching children swear words (42 percent) and allowing them to watch content inappropriate for their age (39 percent).

The survey explored the challenges of modern parenting, finding that age six was the most complicated for handling children. Parents were ready to give up quite a bit to make their kids behave properly. 30 percent were willing to give up social media, 30 percent were prepared to sacrifice wine, and 26 percent were ready to sacrifice Netflix.

Among the surveyed group of parents, when it came to parenting advice, 42 percent approached their partner, 41 percent reached out to their mother, and 31 percent relied on other parents. Parents also turn to technology for parenting advice, and while 17 percent use the internet, almost 10 percent refer to social media.

 

I note that this survey was conducted by Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. Not sure I’d want a product with that name in my shopping trolley.

Surely that counts as one of the mistakes parents make.

 

Special Announcement:

I am donating 100% of the royalties of my hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian, during the month of January to those affected by the devastating bushfires in my country, Australia. This book is perfect for children aged 9 to 14 and the ideal class novel for Upper Primary students. Please leave a comment to indicate your purchase. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

Is There Anything Better Than the Laugh of a Child?

January 17, 2020

 

They tell teachers to avoid showing too much personality and that a teacher’s humour can be seen as a weakness. It can lead to a chaotic and uncontrolled classroom.

But I don’t care. I’ll take my chances.

Humour, is essential to who I am as a parent, teacher and now, writer. I don’t seek the laughter of children in the same way as I seek their happiness, security and academic progress. But I certainly don’t believe in withholding humour from the classroom.

Watching the clip above, I couldn’t help but reflect on the amazing impact of a child’s uncontrollable laughter. One of my great joys has been sharing my book, My Favourite Comedian, and watching kids laugh throughout.

So, no, I am not shutting shop on laughter any time soon.

 

Special Announcement:

I am donating 100% of the royalties of my hilarious new children’s book, My Favourite Comedian, during the month of January to those affected by the devastating bushfires in my country, Australia. This book is perfect for children aged 9 to 14 and the ideal class novel for Upper Primary students. Please leave a comment to indicate your purchase. You can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

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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Click on the link to read Hilarious School Drop-Off Clip Goes Viral

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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