Blue Whales and 13 Reasons for Teenage Suicides

We had a parent workshop at school recently about the TV series 13 Reasons Why based on the book by the same name, written by Jay Asher. Although I had heard of the series, I had no idea what it was about. It came onto the school radar when teachers discovered that kids were watching theContinue reading “Blue Whales and 13 Reasons for Teenage Suicides”

Inculcating Good Habits for Teenagers Sleep Hygiene

Studies show our biologic clocks change with puberty. Many teens are not ready to fall asleep until at least midnight or later. However, they still need eight or nine hours of sleep per night, and would normally awaken at 8-10 a.m. or later. – UNM School of Medicine To help us fall asleep at night, ourContinue reading “Inculcating Good Habits for Teenagers Sleep Hygiene”

Adolescents and Sleep Deprivation: AAP Recommends Delaying School Starting Time

This is a topic that has been bugging me ever since I read the chapter in Nurture Shock on The Lost Hour – schools are starting too early and our teenagers are not getting enough sleep. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools delay the start ofContinue reading “Adolescents and Sleep Deprivation: AAP Recommends Delaying School Starting Time”

Nurture Shock: Chapter 7 – The Science of Teen Rebellion Part 2

Part 1 – The Science of Teenage Rebellion The most important take home point I thought was that the parents who were most consistent in enforcing rules were the ones that were most warm and had the most conversations with their children – they “set a few rules on the key spheres of influence andContinue reading “Nurture Shock: Chapter 7 – The Science of Teen Rebellion Part 2”

Nurture Shock: Chapter 7 – The Science of Teen Rebellion Part 1

Although this chapter doesn’t really relate to me now, it was still a very interesting read.  It is also good preparation for me when my boys eventually become teenagers – although I often wish that they never grow up.  What can I say?  I’m enjoying them too much at this cute and adorable age. AllContinue reading “Nurture Shock: Chapter 7 – The Science of Teen Rebellion Part 1”