You Should Know
Marriage is hard. Marriage with children - harder. But don’t despair. Studies of successful, happily married couples with children show that embracing an ethic of “marital generosity” (of putting your spouse’s welfare first) results in happier marriages. The kicker is that both husband and wife must embrace the ethic and work to serve each other in small, but meaningful ways - like making a yummy cup of coffee in the morning or giving a back rub at night. Regular date nights, shared housework, commitment, and a shared faith help too.
Teachers say more and more kids are arriving at kindergarten with underdeveloped fine motor skills. Some experts believe the problem could go all the way back to not enough tummy time as infants. But there’s also concern that small children today spend too little time manipulating their environment and too much time swiping screens. Educational apps are great, but fine motor abilities and hand-eye coordination are what actually lay the foundation for academic learning in later years. Quick, get out the play dough and paint!
Georgetown University Professor, Author and Study Hacks blogger, Cal Newport, says the best students aren’t the ones who study more, but the ones who study for uninterrupted stretches. He explains that by increasing your focus, you get more done in less time. In other words, stop multitasking. Study after study has shown that our brains can’t do multiple things at the same time. That includes even quick glances at your phone or inbox.
Teach your kids (and yourself) how to spot fake news and avoid clickbait. Beware of unusual/shortened URLs (copy and paste to Unshorten.It!). Look for all caps and bad grammar. Check a site’s “About Us” section. Fact check on Snopes or Google. Avoid enticing photos! Do an image search on Google to see if a picture is for real. Kids want to be informed and get most of their news online. It’s our job to guide them rightly. Visit www.commonsensemedia.org for a list of best news sources for kids.