Parents hear a lot these days about the importance of being involved in their children’s education. Unfortunately, dads often view “parent” as a code word for “mom.” Education, they say, is mom’s domain. So when mom steps up to the plate, dad often stays in the dugout. However, research indicates that a father’s involvement is crucial, and that it plays a key role in a child’s success in school and beyond.
Harvard researchers found that kids who are read to by their dads have better-developed language skills than those who are read to only by moms. They say fathers use more abstract and complex language.
@EducationNation and Parent Toolkit teamed up with Pre-K Teacher @AnneMorrison and Laura Bay, President of National PTA to chat about the importance of supporting students through family involvement. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below.
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In an ideal world, every child would grow up with a Dad or an adult male caregiver, who is an example of how to learn, love, grow, and give back to the community. Unfortunately, one out of every three children in our country lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Education Nation and Parent Toolkit teamed up with Kirsten Perry (@KPerry9777), 2018 @ASCAtweets School Counselor of the Year & Wendy Rock, (@wendarooski) an Assistant Professor of Counseling at @oursoutheastern to talk about school counselors.
When we empathize with our children and are able to see things from their perspective, there is an increase in communication and they are likely to understand our point of view as well. Plus, who can’t empathize with a little excitement for the sunny, summer months?
Whether it’s bullying or a child who needs extra attention, NBC News National Correspondent Kate Snow knows first-hand the importance of advocating for your child. This week, she shares her story and the lessons she’s learned with the Parent Toolkit.
Lori Alhadeff, mother of Alyssa Alhadeff, who was slain in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last month, is joined by some of Alyssa’s friends and classmates on Megyn Kelly TODAY as she outlines the school safety improvements she wants, including “code red” drills and retired police and military working in schools. “Our new normal has to change,” she tells Megyn.
@EducationNation and Parent Toolkit teamed up with experts Dr. Joyce Epstein, Director of the Center on School, Family & Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins, and Amy McCready, Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, for March's ToolkitTalk Twitter Chat. We talked about family engagement in children's education. Take a look at what happened during the conversation below and join us next month!
Paul Raeburn, author of the new book, “Do Fathers Matter?: What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked,” joins The Cycle to discuss the evolutionary and psychological impact of fathers.
Though reading fiction can allow their imagination to run wild, it is equally important to expose your child to a variety of other types of texts throughout their childhood. In fact, with the adoption of new standards across the country, the importance of informational texts is rising.
Constant communication with “helicopter parents” – moms and dads who hover over their kids, even when they’re away from home – may have a negative effect on college students who need to learn to live on their own.
Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, joins TODAY to discuss her book "How to Raise an Adult," and how parents can help prepare their children to succeed at life without hand-holding.
Some schools are trying to teach parents a lesson when it comes to such issues as vacations, lunches and dress codes. So who's in charge when your kid's life and the lesson plan collide? NBC national correspondent Craig Melvin reports.
The TODAY show anchors chat about an op-ed titled “Being a Stay-at-Home Mother Is Not a Job,” where writer Liz Pardue-Schultz says that being able to stay home to raise your kids “is a privilege, and calling it anything else is ignorant and condescending.”
In reality, video games are much like other forms of media—books, movies, music—in that there’s varying quality in the games themselves. It’s important for parents to be in on the decision making about the games that are in their homes.
While many experts says that too much involvement in your teenager's life can be counterproductive, statistics show that advice doesn't apply to driving. NBC's Tom Costello reports for TODAY from a driver's ed program in Potomac, Maryland.