Category Archives: K – 6th

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iRules Top 5 Tips

By Janell Burley Hofmann,
Author of iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up

How do we begin making iRules? Tech Talks! Gather ’round for tech inventory, tech preferences, expectations & boundary building. This can be done with one child or the whole family can create house iRules. Tech talks encourage dialogue to help raise tech healthy families and limit struggle.

Not sure if you should share that pic? Permission to Post! Using this strategy we teach our children to ask a friend’s permission before sending or sharing a photo of a peer with others. This is a good tool for parent posts too. Do you need to pause for permission to post that silly selfie of your son on Facebook? Think about it!

What happens after we say good night? Keep sleep sacred! Experts, researchers, parents, students, and pediatricians agree that technology can keep impact the quality of our sleep. Our days are full and we hardly ever “turn off”, this goes for our children too! We must make space to recharge growing minds and bodies. Sleep is something we must protect!

Learning Disabilities

by Jenifer Fox,  Author of Your Child’s Strengths: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

In February 2001, the New York Times published a memorable article about a scientific study by a group of psychologists. The group claimed to have done an “exhaustive” review of Winnie-the-Pooh literature and then catalogued and diagnosed a range of clinical, personality, and psychological disorders among the major characters in the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Their study, called the Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: A Neurodevelopmental Perspective on A. A. Milne, was one in which the authors describe the various deficiencies of each character. Pooh, for example, has impulsivity issues signaling ADHD, which is compounded by his addiction to honey.

Breaking the Curse of the Good Girl: 5 Ways Moms Can Help Girls Be Themselves

By Rachel Simmons

Author of The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence

1. Get in touch with your inner Goof Girls of all ages say they’re most in touch with their true selves when they’re being silly, crazy, loud, or goofy. By late elementary school, your daughter is likely to hear peers deem silliness “lame” or “immature;” these girls perceive that acting older will make them cooler. When girls shut down silliness, they restrain themselves physically. They begin disconnecting from who they are in order to try to be something they’re not. Step in to fill the void and keep silliness alive. Whether it’s singing in the car at the top of your lungs, dancing like no one’s watching in the kitchen, or making ridiculous faces and noises, just do it: let go of the “be perfect” rules and dork out together. There is no more powerful antidote to the pressure to be perfect than a Mom who can burp the alphabet.