February 2012

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  • Focusing on Entertainment? Children and Attention

    My son comes home from school and can play video games for hours yet has a really difficult time focusing at school. What is going on here?

    Marta, Missouri

    This is certainly a problem that is bewildering parents everywhere. Whether it is texting, gaming, or spending time on Facebook, young people seem... 

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  • Ten Ways to Improve Attention in Children

    What's going on with children and attention in the digital age? Video games, texts, whirling toys, and non-stop entertainment have made it hard to strengthen children's focused attention systems. Here are some suggestions:

    • Give babies only a couple toys at a time, so they learn to focus on one.
    • Limit... 
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  • To Pay or Not To Pay? Kids and Allowance

    What are your thoughts on allowance?

    Gina, San Francisco Bay Area

    I hear variations of this question all the time. Are allowances a good idea? Should they be tied to chores? How much? When should you start?

    Parents hear all sorts of conflicting information on kids and allowance. Since there is no research on the... 

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  • Busy Kids? Balance is Key

     Does the gain from advanced academic programs such as IB and AP so many youth are involved in (pushed by educators and parents) outweigh the lack of sleep and limitation of other experiences, such as 4-H, because of so much time spent on studying?

    Shirley, Denver, CO 

    Shirley,

    I think that the growing popularity of IB and AP... 

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  • Overcoming Adult Amnesia

    I just wrote a post on the teenage brain and the pitfalls of what I call "adult amnesia." Here are some tips to combat your selective memory of adolescence!
     
    • Try to recall your own confusion and discovery, excitement and frustration, happiness and heartbreak during your teen years. It will help give you... 
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  • Talking to Your Kids About Negative Lyrics

    I have a teenage son who enjoys listening to music. Some of the lyrics have positive messages, others are not so impressive. Can you give me some ideas of how to talk with him about music choices?

    Amy, St. Paul, MN

    Amy,

    Music has been a battleground for parents and teenagers for many... 

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  • The Teenage Brain and "Adult Amnesia"

    Are parents super selective in their memory recall such that they don't remember poor decisions they made when they were teenagers?

    Shirley, Denver, CO... 

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