I was speaking with a relative recently who mentioned that her child, who is one year older than mine, has had trouble with standardized tests. This typical sixteen-year-old struggled with the “practice” PSAT and then again on the SAT. She was planning on retaking the SAT or taking the ACT later in the year. Her…
Pennsylvania mother of two Michelle Gray considers standardized testing a foe indeed. While other students attending Park Forest Elementary in State College, PA are participating in two weeks of standardized tests, Grays two children are spending their time elsewhere. Gray told CNN that she believes the tests cause unnecessary anxiety in students, dont accurately measure accomplishment, and are used to punish schools. Eight other parents have also decided to keep their children out of participating in testing this year, agreeing with Gray that the tests cause too much stress.
There are times when children need psychological help the same as adults do. Some psychological disorders have physical causes; others are brought on by stress or trauma. Still other childhood psychological disorders are behavioral in nature. Although some of the psychological disorders affecting children are more common than others, none are part of a child’s normal developmental process. Many of these behavioral or psychiatric disorders can be treated.
As registered dietitians, we work with a lot of moms. Most moms know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know studies show kids who eat breakfast have better scores on math, reading and standardized tests; are better able to pay attention; and have fewer absences and incidences of tardiness, compared to breakfast skippers?
The Washington Post doesnt have a Parenting section, although one might be as, if not more, useful than a Sports section. But there was an insightful, funny, comforting article about parenting recently in the Health & Science broadsheet. It was called A Pre-College Snooze (great title) and was written by mom Rebecca Lanning.