Writing

Here’s a nice article on how writing is good for you.

Psychologists have long understood that personal, emotion-focused writing can help people recognize and come to terms with their feelings. Since the 1980s, studies have found that “the writing cure,” which normally involves writing about one’s feelings every day for 15 to 30 minutes, can lead to measurable physical and mental health benefits. These benefits include everything from lower stress and fewer depression symptoms to improved immune function. And there’s evidence that handwriting may better facilitate this form of therapy than typing.

Be Happy

Stressing yourself out for the sake of your family can just mess up your kids.

Exposure to early and chronic maternal depression markedly increases a child’s susceptibility to psychopathology and social-emotional problems, including social withdrawal, poor emotion regulation, and reduced empathy to others.

Enduring saddness for your child’s sake is no accomplishment.

Right In Front Of Your Nose

I’ve been told when you love someone you don’t see their faults.

That’s the conclusion of a new study that shows 17 percent of mothers of obese children recognized their child to be “moderately” or “very” overweight.

Why do parents ignore obvious problems with their children? Perhaps it’s because they do not notice them.

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” — George Orwell

We are all struggling, aren’t we?

The Dog Ate It

Homework makes kids unhappy. It makes parents unhappy too.

Family stress increased as homework load increased and as parent’s perception of their capacity to assist decreased.

Golly if only someone would invent a system of schools that doesn’t have homework assignments at all.

Gunn High School senior Akila Subramanian, as quoted by Haddock, summed the situation up perfectly, “It all comes down to whether adults trust us to learn. Having no homework lets you find your own motivations.” Rather than just focusing on academic developments, Montessori advocated aiding the overall development of each child as a human being. The more freedom children have to make up their own problems and choose their own work, the more they will challenge themselves and the better able they will become at evaluating themselves. What you believe about a child is exactly what the child will believe about himself or herself – and that is one of the most important factors in school success.