You want to support your little budding artists, but the amount of artwork is taking over every inch of your storage space.
A recent New York Times article noted a growing dilemma among parents–where (or how) to store all the glittery scribbles their children produce at school, at home, and just about everywhere. Some parents ruthlessly edit or surreptitiously discard less-inspired artwork, intent on keeping the home uncluttered while teaching their kids not to be sentimental pack rats.
Other parents, however, can’t bear to part with their children’s drawings and paintings (no matter how banal), preferring to find creative storage or display solutions. Still others have discovered the savvy (but time-consuming) solution of scanning all their children’s artwork onto a computer and compiling a digital scrapbook.
According to a new poll from Consumer Reports, only one-fifth of Americans are aware they purchased a recalled product (other than a car) in the past three years. The results of the poll, which will be fully released later today, also show that while recalls are important to the majority of Americans, many aren’t so sure how and where to access important breaking news regarding the faulty products that may have been brought into their homes.
If you find yourself in this boat, rest assured that there are many resources available to you, including the National School Safety Coalition. This new organization, backed by notable groups like the National School Boards Association, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, delivers vital recall information fast to schools and parents via web and mobile safety alerts on children’s products including toys, food, medicines, and furniture. Keep your child out of danger by staying connected at clickcheckand protect.org, a micro-site of Consumer Reports developed by the coalition with all of the very latest recall information (be sure your kid’s school is aware of the site, too!).
You can also stay up to date on the latest recalls and make sure make sure your baby’s and kid’s toys and gear are safe by visiting Parents.com/recalls.
As parents, it’s inevitable that you love your kids and want to spend a lot of quality time with them. However, spending every waking moment with your kids may not be the best thing for you or your kids.
The Wall Street Journal believes “intense parenting comes with a cost.” Based on recent research from a Focus on Workplace Flexibility conference, the percentage of parents (especially dads) spending time with their kids have increased dramatically since the 1960s. However, the percentage of parents multitasking has also increased, which means that even as parents are spending more physical time with their kids, quality time is lacking.
Some parents are giving up important healthy rituals such as regular sleep, grooming, planning and cooking meals, cleaning, exercise, and leisure time with the spouse. As parents multitask and split their attention, they feel increased stress, frustration, and irritation.
By sacrificing certain things for their kids, parents are losing focus on themselves to relax, breathe, and recharge. Parents are becoming more distracted and distant.
As parents, do you multitask when you’re with the kids or do you focus your entire attention on them? Do you take time to reboot on your own or with your spouse?