Parenting isn’t easy. Everyone has an opinion on how you should raise your child, from family members to friends and colleagues, and even strangers. But most parents agree that they want their children to do well in school, and to hopefully develop a love for learning – whether it’s an academic subject, a language, or even a musical instrument. Setting high expectations for your children’s learning is an important part of raising life-long learners. For many, this involves figuring out a balance between school work, homework, and after school activities or extracurricular activities.
So how much homework is too much? And are our children realizing any real benefit from their [often overwhelming] homework assignments? Many experts, including educational research expert Harris Cooper of Duke University, believe that the benefits of homework are minimal, and age-dependent, with high school students benefiting most. Based on multiple studies compiled by Cooper over a period of nearly 20 years, homework may also have a negative impact on young students’ attitudes toward school. Cooper advocates instead for more reading at home for elementary students, and a maximum of 2 hours of homework per night for high school students.
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Even if it is a lofty goal by any standard, most parents would arguably agree that they really just want their kids to be happy. But “happy” can take shape in so many different ways, and there are a number of things that factor into a child’s happiness; things like self-confidence, self-assurance, self-reliance, a feeling of safety and security, and a feeling of self-worth. So how can we, as parents, foster the growth of these things in our kids? Here are 7 suggestions from the folks at Parents.com.
At the end of the day, there is no official manual on how best to raise your children. You have to trust your instincts, listen to your heart and your mind, surround your kids with love, and keep the lines of communication open.
No matter how you look at it, college is an expensive proposition these days. Both public and private colleges and universities have had to raise fees and tuition as costs have increased. As a result, college student debt has skyrocketed and many students end up with loan payments years, sometimes even decades, after graduation. But with some careful planning and creative thinking, there are lots of other ways to help pay for college and avoid being stuck with big loan payments after graduation. One final but important step in the college application process is to include an application for financial aid.
As parents, and grandparents for that matter, we consider it to be a bit of a rite of passage to tell our children just how easy they have it compared to what we went through at their age. File this under the “when I was your age, I had to walk 2 miles to school each day, uphill both ways” category.
For any parent of a college-bound student, SAT and ACT test scores are no doubt at the center of most dinner table discussions. While no one will argue that test scores alone are the deciding factor in college admissions, and many colleges are moving toward a test-optional admissions policy, strong scores on the SAT and or ACT can definitely help a student’s chance of gaining admission to his/her college of choice.