The following links offer additional information and ideas for our volunteers and parents.
The Power of Conversation
Benefits of Family Dinner Conversations http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/families_and_consumers/family_dinners.shtml
10 Steps to the Perfect Conversation http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa-van-edwards/10-steps-to-the-perfect-conversation_b_8994516.html
“When Teenagers Bristle at ‘How Was School?’” – column in NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/well/family/when-teenagers-bristle-at-how-was-school.html?_r=0
How to have great dinner conversations with your kids https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/great-dinner-conversations-with-your-kids/2014/07/29/32ac6460-0c33-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html
Developing a Love for Learning
Kids who become readers become lifelong learners. http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/intelligent-creative-child/child-loves-read
A growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed mindset, develops a love for learning. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smart-parents/growth-mindset-parenting_b_6951252.html
Resources from the author or Mindset are available here: https://www.mindsetworks.com/mindset/mindset-resources-general
There are scientifically proven ways to help your kids become a better learner that might surprise you. http://nurtureshock.com/
If you don’t have time to read the book, the following 3-minute video is a helpful overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DoBYtMDvW-0
One article in particular states that games that help a child’s reasoning ability and processing speed can boost a child’s IQ more than a year of schooling. Faster and quicker thinking helps build more confident learners. http://www.nurtureshock.com/IQLeaps.pdf
Maintaining Physical Health and Nutrition
Eating is a metacognitive event – what you think as you eat makes a difference. https://vimeo.com/163412281
“Better at dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 17:1
Getting enough sleep is key to physical health. http://figur8.net/baby/2009/10/26/nurture-shock-chapter-2-the-lost-hour/
Recognizing the Importance of Spiritual Growth
The No. 1 Reason Teens Keep the Faith as Young Adults. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/the-no-1-reason-teens-kee_b_6067838.html
Being involved in a church is good for your health (both physical and spiritual) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/the-no-1-reason-teens-kee_b_6067838.html
Building a Strong Sense of Family
Resources for Single Moms
Teaching Your Kids about Money
http://faithandfinancesforkids.com/ – Great system for teaching kids as young as 3 about money.
Thank you to Becky Jones for the time and research she put into creating this Resource page. We also recommend the following books:
|Defuse: A Mom’s Survival Guide for More Love, Less Anger|
|The Power of a Positive Mom, Revised and Updated
By Karol Ladd
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