As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

I’m probably one of the worst persons to tell you, but sleep is important. This new study shows parents really can have a positive influence – although the sample size is not that big. In short: Parent-enforced bedtimes–along with later school start times–are the greatest predictors of sleep duration, daytime energy level, and depressive symptoms.… Read More As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?

In this study the answer is parents, but I do think this study needs replication in different regions to see how it differs based on different cultures. I can also imagine other elements playing a role that weren’t included in this study. From the press release: A new study shows that the elementary school a… Read More Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?

“Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success”, well duh?

Most of what we develop and achieve is probably due to a complex interaction between both nature and nurture, and if you try to combine one of the biggest elements in the environment – family and their SES – with genetics, it would be strange not to find a good prediction of academic success. Still,… Read More “Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success”, well duh?

WHO-study: Physical activity trends show slight improvement for boys, none for girls

There are new results from the WHO about the physical activity of teens and while boys seem to improve slightly, girls don’t and both of them don’t exercise enougH. From the press release: The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in… Read More WHO-study: Physical activity trends show slight improvement for boys, none for girls

On helicopter parenting: most often middle- to upper-class & leads to ‘low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.’

Ah, the helicopter parents, meaning it so well, but… maybe not the best option? New research seems to suggest this (again). I do have to note that while I think this study is interesting, I do see some weak points as the study is more about the perception of the parenting by the children; is… Read More On helicopter parenting: most often middle- to upper-class & leads to ‘low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.’

The impact of shared book reading on children’s language skills (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief  with – amongst others – this meta-analysis: This meta-analysis, published in Educational Research Review, explores whether shared reading interventions are equally effective across a range of study designs, across a range of different outcome variables, and for children from different socioeconomic status (SES) groups. Studies were included… Read More The impact of shared book reading on children’s language skills (Best Evidence in Brief)