The latest statistics indicate that the average age of children with smartphones is now age 10 according to a study called “Kids and Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives”. Because of the growing usage of phones in our everyday lives, we should think about how we can turn this digital platform from entertainment into a productivity tool that helps support our kids’ learning process in school. There are a number of apps in the market that can help keep your child’s mind sharp while keeping them organized and productive.
Summer time is here! As the cost of living continues to rise, most of us single parent families may no longer be able to afford the summer camp for kids. To keep the kids busy and engaged throughout the summer, try some of these low-cost or free summer time activities that you can do with them for fun.
Kids have anticipated this all year long – summer vacation. In my adolescent years, I remember my summer vacations being the best time of my life. I had no responsibilities, I can sleep in all day, I didn’t have homework and I had lots of time to hang out and do whatever I wanted. Yes, those were the days.
Ghoulins, goblins, witches and magicians. It’s that scaaaaary but fun time of year again when kids are out late knocking on doors and getting all dressed up to get as many goodies they can get their hands on. For most kids, it’s a day full of excitement and anticipation, but for some parents, it’s a day full of fear and anxiety as the street celebration can sometimes turn ugly.
It’s time to put the barbeque grill and the patio set away. Summer is over and school is back in session.
As the labour day weekend concludes, anxiety builds as the first week back in school forces you into high gear. You suddenly find yourself multitasking in double time and performing a difficult juggling act.
You get home from a long day of work – you’re tired and hungry and just want to put your feet up and relax, but you can’t. You have to begin your other full-time job – parenting. You have dinner to cook, homework to complete with kids or diaper to change, dishes and cleaning to do. As a parent, your job really doesn’t end until the kids have been completely settled in bed. Where does a parent begin to define what a balanced life is when we all just strive to get through the day!
Aside from Christmas, it is one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year for parents of school kids – back-to-school. In September, you find yourself doing double time, multitasking, and being fully immersed in the rat race once again. If you are a single parent with children attending school, your 24-hour pie chart suddenly gets sliced into many thin pieces leaving little or no time for relaxation.