Parents, are you ready for back-to-school? Teachers, would you like to share some great parenting articles with students’ families?
This popular list of back-to-school articles was just updated for the 2018-2019 school year. It contains some of the latest thinking and research on learning, achievement, family well-being, parent engagement, special needs children, youth sports, media, technology, discipline, homework, bullying — many of the topics parents think about at back-to-school time. These articles also support the development of core abilities every child needs — curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy (The Compass Advantage).
For “big picture” thinking about education and child development, check out my free eBook Reframing Success: Helping Children & Teens Grow from the Inside Out. It shows how grades and test scores are only one aspect of success and how we all nurture vital skills and abilities in young people. Also check out the very popular Parenting Promise at Roots of Action [now in English and Spanish] and a handout on the Compass Advantage framework, showing how parents and schools impact eight core abilities in youth.
Please read the articles below that pique your interest now and bookmark others for later. The newer articles are always at the beginning of each section. Many remain on my list because they are true gems. If you like the authors, be sure to follow them on social media. I’ve included links to Twitter and Facebook accounts to make following your favorites easier.
I guarantee you’ll find some meaningful food for thought here – whether it’s back-to-school time or anytime! You’ll also meet some great people who support children’s positive development and well-being. Happy reading!
Back-to-School Basics: Learning & Achievement
1. Why We Still Need to Study the Humanities in a STEM World by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. How humanities make us examine the entirety of the human condition and the complex moral issues of our time. Twitter
2. The Value of Homework by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., LPCS, at Psychology Today. While homework has a time and place, students also need a healthy balance between life and school. Twitter; Facebook
6. A Link Between Relatedness and Academic Achievement by Ugo Uche, LPC, at Psychology Today. The key to student success relies not just with the teacher’s attitude toward the student, but also with the student’s attitude towards the teacher. Parents help develop these attitudes! Twitter
7. Parents & Teachers: 6 Ways to Inspire the Teen Brain by Sandra Bond Chapman Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Get tips to stimulate the teen brain from findings in neuroscience. Twitter
8. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in The Atlantic. Will your children become good critical thinkers? A look at the trend to protect children from feeling uncomfortable. Gregg’s Twitter; Jonathan’s Twitter
10. The Dangers of Distracted Parenting by Erika Christakis at The Atlantic. When it comes to positive child development, why parents should worry less about kids’ screen time and more about their own. Twitter
11. Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children by Maxwell King at The Atlantic. Nine great tips for talking with preschoolers.
13. The Key to Success in Within Your Child’s Developing Mind by Michele Borba, Ed.D., at Roots of Action. What is the “special sauce” for raising kids? Twitter; Facebook
17. Managing Screen Time Increases Family Joy by Rachel Macy Stafford at Roots of Action. Modeling the healthy use of technology can increase the well-being of your entire family. This article describes six small changes that have big impacts! Twitter; Facebook
20. Positive Parenting: Powerful Ways to Raise Healthy Kids by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., at Roots of Action. Learn five ways to be a role model and help your kids believe in themselves. Twitter; Facebook
21. Sibling Rivalry: Helping Children Learn to Work Through Conflicts by Laura Markham, Ph.D., at Roots of Action. Should parents intervene when siblings fight with one another? What’s the best way to help kids learn to work things out for themselves? Twitter; Facebook
Parent-Readiness and Engagement
22. Twenty Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed at School by Colorin Colorado. An excellent list in English and Spanish for successful parent engagement. Facebook; Twitter
Social Anxiety | Body Image
27. Body Image and Girls: 8 Ways to Help Our Daughters Thrive in a Thin-is-in World by Robyn Silverman, Ph.D., at DrRobynSilverman.com. Helping girls thrive means breaking some well-established habits. Facebook; Twitter
29. Answers to FAQ’s About Anxiety in Children and Adolescents by Signe Whitson, L.S.W., at Psychology Today. How to recognize the symptoms and teach kids skills for calming their brains. Twitter; Facebook
Children with Special Needs, Abilities & Personalities
30. When Trauma Underlies Challenging Behaviors: New Answers for Vulnerable Children by Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., at MonaDelahooke.com. Sometimes aggressive behaviors are signs of early trauma. Learn why it is important to understand the roots of challenging behaviors. Facebook; Twitter
31. Stress Relief for Families with ADHD: The Value of Mindfulness by Mark Bertin, M.D., at Roots of Action. Parenting a child with ADHD is demanding. Learn how to relieve stress. Twitter; Facebook
32. Changing Schools: Is It the Right Choice for My ADHD Child? by Susan Yellin at ADDitude. Why changing schools isn’t easy but may be the right choice for your child’s happiness and success. Twitter
34. Parenting Children with ADHD by Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., at Roots of Action. Good advice on how to help children focus more, be better organized, and curb their impulsive behavior. Twitter; Facebook
Homework: A Back-to-School Reality
35. Reducing Homework Stress by Lori Lite at Stress Free Kids. Back-to-school and homework go together. Here are 10 tips to help parents, teens, and children with the daily homework routine. Twitter; Facebook
36. Who Takes Responsibility for Homework? What is the Parent’s Role? By Rick Ackerly at The Genius in Children. Helping kids understand the consequences and rewards of homework. Twitter; Facebook
38. The Downsides of America’s Hyper-Competitive Youth-Soccer Industry by Linda Flanagan at The Atlantic. How youth soccer is organized around the goal of producing a tiny group of elite players, at the expense of kids’ and parents’ well-being.
39. How to be a Positive and Winning Youth Sports Coach by Jennifer Fraser, Ph.D., at Roots of Action. 8 ways a sports coach can positively influence athletes. Facebook; Twitter
40. Soccer, Baseball or Karate? Top 10 Reasons to Involve Your Kids in Sports by Signe Whitson, L.S.W., at Psychology Today. Reasons why being a sports chauffer can pay big rewards. Twitter; Facebook
42. How to Help Kids Be “Winning” Losers in Youth Sports by Patrick Cohn, Ph.D., at The Ultimate Sports Parent Blog. Learn how losing in sports develops internal skills like perseverance, determination, and the ability to adapt to adversity. Twitter; Facebook
43. You Can’t Bully-Proof Your Kid—But These Things Help by Amber Leventry at Scary Mommy. Great advice for parents and the conversations to have with their children. Twitter
44. Mean Girls: Why Teenage Girls Can Be So Cruel by Chris Hudson at Understanding Teenagers. Learn how gender influences adolescent behavior in friendship groups and why girls have a natural tendency toward social aggression. Twitter; Facebook
Media & Technology
46. Kids’ Video Game Obsession Isn’t Really About Video Games by Nir Eyal at Psychology Today. What kids are looking for and not getting. Twitter; Facebook
47. Screen Time: The Impact on Kids and Parenting by Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. New research explains the negative effects of excessive screen time. What is the impact on parenting? Facebook
49. Parenting: Who is More Powerful: Technology or Parents? By Jim Jaylor, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How are you flexing your parenting muscles against the strength of today’s media? Twitter; Facebook
50. Effect of Video Games on Child Development by Danielle Dai and Amanda Fry at Vanderbilt University. The positives and negatives of video games, according to research.
51. Teen Sexting: What messages should we be sending our teens about sexting? by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C., at Psychology Today. Learn about sexting and how to protect your teen. Twitter; Facebook
52. 5 Powerful Questions for Setting Limits on Your Child’s Behavior by Ariadne Brill at Positive Parenting Connection. Why setting limits helps your child know you care. Twitter; Facebook
54. 10 Steps to Guide Children Without Punishment by Laura Markham, Ph.D., at Aha Parenting. Research shows that punishing kids creates more misbehavior. What can you do to guide your children without punishment? Twitter; Facebook
55. The Trouble with Time-Outs by Deborah MacNamara, Ph.D., While time-outs have become a popular disciplinary practice, they are not without critics. Learn why time-out’s work and why they don’t. Twitter; Facebook
Published: August 21, 2018Tags: back-to-school, bullying, character strengths, critical thinking, cyberbullying, discipline, education, empathy, Family-School Partnerships, gratitude, happiness, homework, internal rewards, learning, media, mentoring, moral development, neuroscience, parent engagement, parent involvement, parenting, positive values, positive youth development, praise, Sports, stress, teachers, technology