Helicopter Parenting


It’s clear that we live in a competitive world. When you look around and listen to college graduates struggling to find lucrative jobs, it becomes even more clear. As a parent, I know this brings stress. The days of a 4.0 GPA and a great score on the SAT being enough are ending. So, I understand the appeal of wanting to be involved and micromanage your child’s life and education.But, would you classify yourself as a helicopter parent?

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Peer Pressure


If you’ve chosen to read this, then I know this is a topic you find concerning. And, as a parent, you are concerned with the types of peer pressure your child may encounter as they mature. At the end of this blog, I’ve linked a quiz that will allow you to interact with your child and then discuss the results.Peer pressure is simply defined as the social influence over an individual. Young people are more susceptible to the influence of others, especially during their teenage years.

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Conflict Management


As children grow older, and we adults know this to be true, they are faced with many challenges. One of these challenges is dealing with conflict. Conflict can manifest in many forms. It can be a disagreement with parents, a fight with siblings, a misunderstanding among friends, or an altercation with strangers. And, thanks to the power of social media, conflicts are common on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.

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Executive Dysfunction


Most kids have trouble self-motivating from time to time, and many also have trouble finishing tasks that they start. However, sometimes what looks like “laziness” or reluctance to work may actually be a problem called executive dysfunction.According to the National Institutes of Health, executive functions are “a family of top-down mental processes needed when you have to concentrate and pay attention.”

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Too Old For Bedtime Stories? Why Research Says You Should Read Aloud Longer


When kids are young, it’s easy to make reading aloud a part of their daily routine. We let them pick a picture book, read it through once, kiss them on the forehead and call it a day. However, all too often we let this ritual go as they begin to read to themselves.If your child is between the ages of 6 and 12, ask them to read a couple of paragraphs out loud to you.

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How is screen time affecting your child?


As an overly conscious parent, I often ponder if I’m doing more harm to my children than good. You’ve likely been here. It’s been a busy day at work; you’re heading home, but you’re stuck in traffic for too long. The person beside you cuts you off and you shout a few expletives before you know it. Now, the rest of the evening you aren’t going to be that ray of sunshine you’d hoped.

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How much sleep does my child need?


A common question we get here at Engaged Academics from our clients is, “Is my child getting enough sleep?”. Mostly, the answer is a big, “NO!” From our experience, a child’s day has become so filled with school, homework, and extracurricular activities that they are not getting an adequate amount of sleep. Below, I’ve created a list of what the experts say about the right amount of sleep for your child by age.

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When should my child stay home?


Good question. The Leon County School system states your child should be fever free for twenty-four hours before your child returns to school. We don’t need a massive outbreak of the flu or strep-throat.But as parents, we know it’s not as simple as that.“Mooom, I don’t feel good … I don’t want to go to school today *cough cough*.”We’ve all heard it, and most of us have done it. But where do you draw the line?First, ask your child what’s wrong.

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What’s in the Coleslaw?


“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.” — Guy FieriSchool lunches are delicious! That statement will probably never be uttered by students in any school. Take a moment and reminisce about your childhood days waiting in line to receive your nutritious, balanced, nutrient-filled lunch.

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What’s the Appropriate Discipline for an Age? Part 2 (Ages 6 – Teen)


*This part two of our appropriate discipline by age blog. The beginning is a repeat of the last blog, but hone in on the school age years in this piece.As a parent of two young boys, I often wonder if I’m being too tough on my children. One of my greatest fears is they grow up with poor manners and defy authority. I want them to be independent and critical thinkers, but I also want them to respect other people as well as their opinions and beliefs.

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