Who cried on Tuesday morning at school drop off? I for one have been doing the same cry for the last 15 years. I know it’s going to happen and it’s embarrassing but I keep going back for more every year—just like I keep watching this Canadian Tire video that brings me to tears every time I watch it. It captures parents’ emotions about the first day of school so well—whether it’s preschool or university. You’ll love it too.
After you drop them off, all you want to hear about is their day. Who are your friends, what is the teacher like and my favourite…did you eat all your lunch? So you ask the universal question, ‘how was school today?’, only to receive the universal answer, ‘fine’. Every. Day. To help you out of this rut, I’m sharing a Huffington Post Article called ‘28 Ways to Ask Your Teens ‘How Was School Today?’ Without Asking Them ‘How Was School Today?’. Good luck with that!
You also might be interested to know that over 50% of American students aren’t getting enough sleep. I read an article in the Atlantic about how important, but specifically, how difficult it is for adolescents to get enough sleep. The article brings attention to a movement led by doctors and educators who wish to start the school day later. According to this article, adolescents require at least 9.5 hours of sleep and the results of sleep deprivation can result in more serious outcomes than bad moods and bad grades—depression and anxiety being at the top of the list. This might not be relevant to parents of younger children but it is a strong warning to make sure you establish healthy and regular sleep routines while your children are young so they will continue as they get older.
On a much lighter note, one of my favourite internet sensations, the Kid President, has an awesome message to teachers and students this year. It might be fun to watch with the kids.
And finally, on a more serious note…please, please Drive Safe in your neighbourhoods and talk to your kids about road safety every day. Put your phone away when you are walking with your kids and make them aware of all the signs and signals around them. In memory of a beautiful little girl who we lost this summer—Georgia Walsh Remembered—please Drive Safe to School.
Have a great week. And in the words of the awesome Kid President…get your learn on!
Here’s what caught my attention this week while I was busy focusing on the fact that it’s STILL summer. Fit kids, tools for parents to help kids manage cell phone protocol, ugly fruit and Hanx (not Spanx) all made my list.
For those of you in back to school mode, keep these stats in mind when you’re setting rules around screen time and signing the kids up for activities (or not): only 5% of kids in Canada get the 60 minutes of physical activity they require every day, while research shows that a more active child will actually do better socially and academically. Our friends at ParticipACTION created this handy infographic for moms to consider now that it’s backpack season again. I like the tip about not packing over 10–15% of a child’s total body weight.
If you’re looking for some help tearing them away from screens (like their phone), consider an app called Moment, designed to keep you off your phone. I know, a phone app designed to keep you away from it? It tracks how much time you spend on your phone and on certain tasks, then you tell it how much time you want to spend (moms, this is where you can set boundaries). It will ping with a warning when your time is almost up and eventually shut off if you have exceeded your limit. Hello, Moment, we are in you.
While we’re on the subject of apps, imagine one that turns your child’s phone off if they don’t respond to your texts or phone calls. It’s called the Ignore No More app and it’s the brainchild of a Texan mom who was tired of her children ignoring her. So now if her kids don’t respond to texts or phone calls, the phone shuts down. No more games, no more snapchat, no more Instagram until you talk to your mother! That’s what I call good parenting.
Another interesting App I learned about this week is called The Hanx Writer, launched by Tom Hanks of all people. It’s not about movies or entertainment, it’s about typing, old school, but on an ipad. The app mimics the experience of typing on a typewriter with all the sounds and bells and return swooshes that a typewriter makes. According to Techcrunch, it’s already ranking number one in both the productivity section of iTunes as well as overall.
In completely unrelated news, I learned of an ugly fruit and vegetable revolution happening globally that French grocery chain Intermarche is spearheading. This video, named appropriately as Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables explains everything. It’s really scary and horrifying to learn about how much waste we produce. Hopefully this video will make enough of an impact to inspire some change from other grocers.
Have a good week and eat your fruits and veggies!
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