Whether it’s poor manners, slacking on chores, or forgetting to feed the dog, most kids dodge responsibility from time to time. If you can catch your kid in the act on camera, we can help! Share short videos—2 minutes or less in length—of your child’s biggest behavior challenges with Parents, and selected submissions will received personalized expert advice. Send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your child’s name and age and your daytime phone number, to enter.
Here are some best video practices to get you started:
It’s fine to film on your phone—in fact, it’s encouraged!
Set up your shot as if you were taking a photo.
Make sure there is plenty of light. Turn on several lights, if you are inside.
If you shoot handheld, use two hands to steady the phone. Or, use a table or a book to prop your phone up, to have a completely steady shot.
Audio is key. Make sure the phone is close enough to your kid so that you can hear him. And don’t be afraid to have your child repeat something he’s said.
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“The Right Way to Give Allowance” in our May 2013 issue has sparked quite a debate. In the story, we said you shouldn’t pay kids for their regular household chores because it won’t teach them a positive work ethic. Research has shown that linking a responsibility (chores) to a reward (allowance) might make your child expect compensation for any task, rather than embracing his member-of-the-household duties. However, we noted that it’s perfectly acceptable to pay kids for jobs that go above and beyond their normal workload. Do you agree that an allowance shouldn’t be tied to chores? Take our poll below!
Shortchanged by the Bell
After a summer of budget cuts in Washington and state capitals, we have only to look to our schools, when classes begin in the next few weeks, to see who will pay the price.
10 years after 9/11, camp for victims’ children ends
America’s Camp opened to give children who had lost a parent in the terrorist attacks a haven where they could escape the grief and curiosity that dogged them. Today the camp closes for good, having fulfilled its 10-year mission.
How about a little help here
A recent survey published by Psychology Today magazine found that fewer than 25 percent of American parents compel their kids to perform chores. And those few children who are made to do chores expect to be paid for them, the study said.
DENVER — Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, convening a two-day labor-management conference here on Tuesday, argued that teachers’ unions can help solve many of the challenges facing public schools.
But as the conference opened, that view was under challenge in a number of state capitals.
Republicans in several states have proposed legislation in recent weeks that would bar teachers’ unions from all policy discussions, except when the time comes to negotiate compensation. In Tennessee and Wisconsin, Republicans have proposed stripping teachers’ unions of collective bargaining rights altogether. (New York Times)
Feb. 15, 2011 — Listing calories on the menus at fast-food restaurants doesn’t seem to affect kids’ choices or those that their parents make for them, finds a small study in the International Journal of Obesity. (Web MD)
I began this post as a response to Daniel Lancy’s discussion of chores from an anthropological perspective. I don’t believe he mentions it, but my reading of the literature suggests that among many groups of hunter/gatherers, where women provide most of the food for their families (meat being a special treat, not daily sustenance), children as young as three essentially find enough food to support themselves. Inefficiently, probably interfering with their mothers’ work every step of the way, but a net gain to the family. (Psychology Today)