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Study Finds Habits in Children Take Root By Age 9 -- Here's What That Means for Parents

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

A recent study out of Brown University has concluded that routines and habits in children, including household chores and responsibilities, are unlikely to vary after the age of 9.

5 Easy Homework Strategies in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

5 Ways To Relieve Homework Stress in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

There are some techniques parents can use that encourage learning. Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

How Not to Raise a Generation of Quitters

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

The new parenting model is a "hybrid" philosophy called "Empowerment Parenting" and it might just help us raise an entire generation of successful students.

Trouble Focusing? New Checklist Can Help Parents Make Evaluations

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Were you one of the many parents who ended 2014 feeling a little concerned about their child's attention span? You're not alone. These parents were looking to make a change in 2015, but didn't know where to begin.

The Toughest Decisions in Life Are Gray

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Important decisions aren't black and white. In fact, they are surprisingly gray. Hard choices don't have a fairytale ending -- the real ending is one we often replay over and over in our minds.

The Clever New Way TV Advertises Alcohol to Kids

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media
Rebecca Jackson

We know that children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to advertising. We are aware that they are easily influenced by peer pressure. We see that they have a self-image that is fragile and is still being molded. Parents, educators and advertising executives are all aware of these simple truths.

School Should Also Be About Learning Through Play

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Creating opportunities for all children to learn, in a country as vast as the United States, is a unique challenge. One salient point all sides seem to agree on is that children learn though play. Exactly what that "play" looks like and where it takes place has been a hotly debated topic this week.

How Children Develop an Internal Clock

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

When teaching a child how to learn time, it's imperative that they develop an internal clock. This is the only way they will learn how to self-regulate. If parents are reminding children or using orders, children will not self-regulate.

The 4 Questions Parents Should Ask Before Helping a Child

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

As the school year progresses, many parents want to know how they can help their child learn. We asked teachers and educators, "What are the two traits parents should focus on to assist children this school year?"

Why the Creators' Kids Have 'Low-Tech' Parents

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

This week, parents learned that Steve Jobs was a "low tech" dad at home. His children didn't spend the evenings hopping from one glorious iPad to another. They had a regular family dinner and (gasp) read books.

The 3 C's of Media Use

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

Online homework assignments can offer engagement and instruction for students without the need for parental assistance.

The Powerful Habit That Helps Kids With Homework

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

Many wonderful parents across the United States were kind enough to open their doors to me so that I could observe their family routines while writing case studies for my forthcoming book, The Learning Habit.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Back-To-Basics in a Digital World

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

For some parents, talking with their child's teacher about their expectations and learning about the teacher's priorities for their child can be an eye-opening experience.