Despite some of the hyperbole by anti-game activists, the evidence is thin. Particularly when other factors are controlled, there is little evidence that games, whether violent or not, are related to negative outcomes in youth.
Working with kids just has a way of making my days brighter and getting me out of my own head. It's become more important than I ever could have imagined six years ago. Here are just a few of the lessons I've taken away from my time with kiddos.
If our country wants to give all children a shot at success and disrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty, we need to provide more support to families with young children.
Updating old policies can be a good thing as a way to keep current and consistent with the latest thinking and research. But all indications are that the changes are heading in the wrong direction.
Our younger son was about eight years old, when we found out about a wonderful opportunity to inculcate the love of literature into our children: The Chicago Printers Row Literature Festival!
Parental Intelligence includes listening to your child's feelings and responding to them. Understanding what lies behind the initial frustration or disappointment leads to resolving problems that are masked by the unfortunate event.
Soon after Cade was diagnosed, all of my efforts to present a compelling argument, trying to convince him that needles didn't hurt that much, were falling on deaf ears. My adult, persuasive attempt was a miserable failure! The next strategy included an offer for Cade to give me a shot before I gave him one. His initial reaction was one of surprise accompanied by doubt.
Well, it's official. My third son officially told me he hates me for the first time this week. I walked past a gelato shop without giving into his tantrum for a cone. An elderly couple happened to be walking by us just at the moment I was explaining why we don't have treats on school days.
In the spirit of identifying with the tireless role that they play in support of their music-loving, instrument-lugging progenies, I've made a handful of keen observations so that others might avoid entering the future ranks without first knowing what's in store.
A survey of elementary teachers showed that over 80 percent of teachers encouraged students to hold their urine. In middle school and high school, there are very short breaks between classes, and many students end up holding their urine all day long.
Today, Elizabeth is an author and mother of 8-year-old Olivia. Together, they've created a book series which is inspired by Olivia, who at 3-years-old began to spontaneously deliver wisdom and advice to anyone who would listen.
While there are no cookie-cutter approaches to ensure our children's future success, there are lessons, ways of thinking and ways of being that we can introduce to children. It's never too early to start.
One interesting development in the recent years has been around the world of connected play -- where physical products connect smart devices, often iPhones or iPads, and give kids a new way to play. How do you look at screen time in that world, where children are interacting with a physical object, while still using a computer with a screen?
Of course, at the time I didn't know I was in labor. My doctor had mentioned that if the contractions lasted longer than an hour I could assume it was the real deal but I didn't know what contractions should feel like.
I am pleased to announce that our Foundation will launch our Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece at a reception on November 4 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We can no longer watch children wash up on the shore and not respond.
I write this from the floor of my daughter's bedroom. She is three years old and can't sleep through the night. That means I can't sleep and whenever I leave this spot, my daughter screams at the top of her lungs.