Life is different for kids today. Between standardized testing, the Common Core Curriculum, copious homework assignments, and seemingly endless amounts of screen time, it s hard for kids and parents to know what s most essential. Read more...
Life is different for kids today. Between standardized testing, the Common Core Curriculum, copious homework assignments, and seemingly endless amounts of screen time, it s hard for kids and parents to know what s most essential. How can parents help their kids succeed not just do well on the test -- but develop the learning habits they ll need to thrive throughout their lives?
This important and parent-friendly book presents new solutions based on the largest study of family routines ever conducted. The Learning Habit offers a blueprint for navigating the maze of homework, media use, and the everyday stress that families with school-age children face; turning those stress times into opportunities to develop the eight critical skills kids will need to succeed in college and in the highly competitive job market of tomorrow skills including concentration and focus, time management, decision-making, goal-setting, and self-reliance. Along with hands-on advice and compelling real-life case studies, the book includes 21 fun family challenges for parents and kids, bringing together the latest research with simple everyday solutions to help kids thrive, academically and beyond."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-07-07
- Reviewer: Staff
How can your child possibly get all her homework done, and how can you get her away from that iPad? Three authors—a psychotherapist, a pediatric psychologist, and a neuropsychological educator who are all parents—have compiled a guide that bamboozled moms and dads will welcome. The book lists eight essential skill sets that parents should help children cultivate, from time management to fostering self-reliance. An especially useful chapter focuses on ways to help children concentrate. The authors gently remind parents that they need to model skills for their children—if mom is always texting as she walks, her daughter will follow suit. The authors also insist that parents are not at the mercy of teachers, standardized tests, or cultural pressure: “We are the ones who must determine the quality of our children’s lives.” This volume, which is based on a three-year study—the largest survey of family routines ever conducted—is chock-full of examples from real families sorting through tough parenting decisions and provides valuable counsel. (Aug.)