Tag Archive: schoolwork

How parents can help young teens at school

Parents of adolescents know that it can be a difficult stage for kids. Schoolwork can sometimes take a back seat to stress about physical changes, along with social and relationship concerns. Add to these factors an increasing desire and need for independence, and it can leave parents uncertain as to how they can support their…

Homework problems? Check your eyes.

If your child gets headaches or eye strain during homework time, or even if he or she has reading problems, optometrists suggest an eye exam. As many as one in twenty children suffer from “convergence insufficiency”, in which the eye muscles must work harder to focus on text. The eyes have to turn slightly inward…

FA020 – Anatomy of "Back to School"

In the nick of time, Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the stressful shift from summer to fall, and how to reduce “Back to School” woes. Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] … or get your free subscription in iTunes. If you use iTunes, you can leave a review! Leave us a…

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Parenting style and academics

As the school year comes to a close, here’s a study I found about the impact of parenting style on academic achievement. The April 2008 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin published a study suggesting that parenting style has an effect on students’ work ethic. Parents with an “authoritarian” style (strict, control-oriented parents) were…

Parent involvement increases academic performance

This probably belongs in the “Well, duh” file. A study published in the Journal of Human Resources indicates that parent involvement with schoolwork has a dramatic impact on performance – schools would have to spend $1000 per student to achieve equivalent effects. Parents were more interested in their daughters’ work than their sons’, possibly because…