Call me insensitive. Call me clueless. But why has bullying suddenly become a national crisis worthy of nonstop attention? Did kids just now start being mean to each other? A new documentary called Bullying raises the collective frenzy even more about the centuries-old practice. It follows Alex, a 12-year-old boy from a small Georgia town, […]
With the school year winding down, many high school students are anxious to start college in the fall. Too bad many won’t be in a hurry to finish college. These days, the traditional four-year education has morphed into five years, six years – or even more.
A funny thing has happened in the Housewright household. My 12-year-old son, Connor, has become an avid reader. He’s never had a problem reading. He finishes his assigned reading at school without a problem, and his teacher says his comprehension is excellent. But Connor has never loved reading – that is, he hasn’t read books […]
I just learned this term recently, but I think it’s very descriptive. A “helicopter parent,” in case you don’t know, is one who hovers constantly over a child. These are parents who do more than watch out for the health and wellbeing of their child.
A couple of months ago, I expressed my concerns about the growing homeschooling movement. To me, it makes no sense to try to teach academic subjects to your child amid the chaos of home. Plus, I think a parent is preventing a child from learning valuable social skills by isolating him or her at home. […]
These days, I’m focused on getting my 12-year-old son through middle school. With March Madness just around the corner, I realized that in a few years, I’ll be worried about college admission and his choice of a major. For parents, the college years are tricky. You want your children to pursue their passion, but you […]
Sexting among kids baffles me. I understand kids being curious about sex – they always have been. But it’s far easier for me to understand a boy and a girl experimenting sexually than it is sending nude photos on their cell phones.
Well-meaning parents often go on needless crusades. We’re seeing that now with all the handwringing over bullying in school. It’s become the cause of the day among some parent and educator groups.
When I was 12, I played on a youth football team. The coach invited the players to his house occasionally to eat hot dogs and swim in his pool. I always had a great time, and my parents were happy for me to go to his house.
Occasionally, I hear about parents who homeschool their kids. My reaction is always the same: I don’t get it. How could it possibly work to teach kids academic subjects in your home with all the distractions: pets, TV, video games, refrigerator, etc.?