• SMC Education Blog: Girls and Their Frenemies

    Posted by on September 30, 2016

    In schools we talk constantly about protecting girls from harm. We teach them about paedophiles, on-line grooming, sexting, and the harm caused by drug and alcohol use. In reality, the more likely destructive influence on an adolescent girl’s day to day life is the damage they do to one another in their friendship groups…Relational aggression.

    Click here to read more!

  • Washington Post: I send my kids to sleep-away camp to give them a competitive advantage in life

    Posted by on May 9, 2016

    “Do you even like your children?” the woman I had just met asked me.

    The audacity of the question took my breath away. I had been chatting with her, explaining that my kids go to sleep-away camp for two months every year.

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  • Parent Resources: ADHD

    Posted by on June 9, 2014

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder that affects approximately 8% to 10% of school-age children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it’s not yet understood why. http://www.adhd-made-simple.com/ADHD_Children.html provides a useful guide for working with ADHD children.

  • Today’s Technology Driven Environment

    Posted by on June 9, 2014

    Does your child seem to know more than you about the internet? Do they spend all of their free time online, refreshing their social networking sites? The Online Mom provides some basic guidelines for monitoring your child’s internet usage and familiarizing yourself with today’s technological environment.

    http://www.theonlinemom.com/secondary.asp?id=25

    Jeffrey Leiken writes about the changing nature of relationships and the impact that technology is having on the way we interact. He suggests that technology is preventing us from truly being together and “hanging out” long enough to really make meaningful connections. We plan and socialize around activities rather than planning to be together and then creating the activity. In this newsletter, Jeffrey Leiken explains the importance of family time when it comes to teaching children how to form relationships and why we all need to periodically “switch off” from our plugged in world.

  • The Importance of Exercise / Childhood Obesity

    Posted by on June 9, 2014

    Parents say childhood obesity is 2009’s top health concern. The article suggests that it is not an increase in calorie consumption but rather a reduction in daily activity causing the obesity epidemic. NY Metro Parents provides practical information to parents on a variety of topics and this article explains what parents can do in the home to increase the amount of daily activity that our children are involved in.

    http://www.nymetroparents.com/newarticle.cfm?colid=15436

    As the prevalence of this issue increases, organizations such as the NFL are stepping in to help. The NFL have teamed up with the American Heart Association to raise awareness and challenge all of us to 60 minutes of activity every day. Click the link to read more about how to take on the NFL Play 60 Challenge and make it fun to exercise. http://www.nflrush.com/play60/wmuplanner

  • Parent Resources: Bullying

    Posted by on June 9, 2014

    Bullying has always been a part of our schools but perhaps the seriousness has been overlooked until recent years. With social networking, instant messaging and text messaging, cyber bullying has become a prevalent issue for our youth. John Halligan uses his tragedy to heighten awareness of the risks involved with this boundless form of bullying. He travels across the states, has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has formed a website in an attempt to ensure that the severity of bullying and the impact it has on the victims does not go unnoticed. You can read his story by selecting the following link:

    http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/index.htm.

    His website contains useful information on cyber bullying and what we can do as a society to help children through their most difficult years.

    More on cyber bullying. Are you aware of what your child is doing on the internet? Could your child have been a victim? Is your child involved in cyber bullying? The NY Times has relaesed an alarming article on the prevalence of this modern day problem. We have all heard the stories. Now let’s realize what we can do about them.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/us/05bully.html?pagewanted=print

  • The Impact of Media on Children

    Posted by on June 9, 2014

    The National Institute on Media and The Family have been promoting healthier media choices since 1996. There website gives detailed information on how media (video games in particular) influences bullying, youth violence, school performance and obesity. They suggest that self discipline, the ability to delay gratification, perseverance, imagination and respect are all building blocks for success and that poor media choices are undermining all of these building blocks. Their website is a very useful tool for information on the adolescent brain and the powerful impact that media can have. As a starting point, click on the link for a fact sheet on the effects of video game playing: 

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