You Should Know
What’s better than a hug from mom?
Nothing. But, according to one study, a phone call is just as good. In the study, a group of children were put in a stressful situation and then allowed to be physically comforted by their mother, verbally comforted by her, or neither. Interestingly, the children who were only able to call their mom still experienced the same rise in oxytocin levels (which helped lower stress levels) as the children
Last year, Salary.com surveyed stay-at-home moms and discovered they spend up to 96 hours per week working to keep the family running. This work includes academic advising, accounting, educating, event planning, housekeeping, grounds keeping, maintenance supervision, network admin and more. Then, they calculated what the average annual salary for mothers would be - if they got paid for all that work. The amount? Over $160,000. Bummer there’s no actual paycheck.
There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the US. The average age of kids entering foster care is 7. More than 60% of the children spend two to five years in the system before being adopted. About 30,000 age out of the system without being adopted and research has shown that those who never find a forever family are more likely to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults. Something to consider.
With so much focus on academics and therapies, parents often undervalue what after-school activities can do for their special needs children. But they shouldn’t. Extracurricular activities offer opportunities to build the talents their children may have regardless of their special needs. They also provide new and different ways to connect with other kids. They teach skills not taught in the classroom. They help build confidence. And, they can develop lifelong interests. Whether music, art, sports, dance, scouts, or something else; choose an activity that they actively enjoy. This is their time to shine and have fun.
Studies show that teens who spend time with their parents have better social skills and higher self-esteem. One study found that time spent with parents doing cultural activities (like discussing books or going on outings) was a better predictor of a teen’s aspirations than time spent together on school activities. Teens are crazy busy at school, we know, but it’s worth spending quality time with them outside of school too.