The trouble with paying attention

Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh describe how difficult it can be for kids to pay attention in the digital age. They describe the difference between focused and reactive attention and suggest ways to help strengthen kids’ capacity to focus.

Check out our parent tips for managing the multitasking generation.

Looking for practical ideas and games to boost attention? One book we like is Attention Games. Suggest games or activities that you like!

Children and Sleep: Why Tired Brains Need to Hit the Hay

Tired kids aren’t just sleepy, their brains are suffering too. Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh describe the importance of sleep for learning, memory, and mood. Unfortunately, data shows us that there are a lot of tired kids out there:

Age:            Goal:         Actual:

Elementary  10-11 hrs    9.5
Pre-teens     9.5              8.0
Teens           9.5              7.5

Have a sleepy child or tired teen? Click here for more information on sleep and school performance and tips for helping your kids sleep.